Guild Wars 2’s Festival of the Four Winds has launched after four years asleep

Guild Wars 2 is going old school today with the return of the Festival of the Four Winds, a festival players haven’t seen in over four years – heck, some players have probably never seen it at all.

“On behalf of Queen Jennah of Kryta and the Captain’s Council of Lion’s Arch, you are cordially invited to participate in the return of the Festival of the Four Winds! High atop the Labyrinthine Cliffs, our Zephyrite friends have been working in tandem with Lion’s Arch to host an incredible variety of fun vendors and events to entertain visitors from all across Tyria. This celebration of unity and peace between our cultures is more important than ever before, and we hope that you will join us in the festivities. In this spirit of cooperation, Queen Jennah has personally overseen the reopening of the Crown Pavilion, featuring a variety of challenges both new and old for Tyria’s finest to test their mettle!”

Just hop an air balloon from any capital city or Lion’s Arch to the fun; expect to see some returning events plus brand-new ones, including the updated Flying Dolyak race, the Skimmer Slalom race, Sanctum Sprint, “two new griffon adventures,” crystal collections, and several PvP events too. Token rewards abound: You’re looking at “new Zephyrite backpacks, the illustrious Sovereign weapon set, and items based on the latest wonder of the Crown Pavilion, the Watchknight Mk II.”

Today’s patch does include some non-festival bits, like new sitting animations, fixes for roller beetle bugs, a new arena area in Edge of the Mists, and new hair in the cash shop. It’s live now, so get in there and enjoy some Cantha in your Tyria.

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