Guild Wars 2: New systems team, outfit vouchers, PvP updates, Revenant overhaul, and anniversary sales

    
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One of my big grumps with Guild Wars 2 and plenty of other MMORPG cash shops is the time-limited items. The stuff I want isn’t always available when I have gems to spend – and vice versa. The new series of vouchers available today in the cash shop, however, should allay most of those frustrations, as you’ll be able to pick up a voucher – pretty cheaply! – and exchange it for past releases rather than log in every week and hope your day has come.

The downside? While there are gobs of outfit, weapon, and glider skins on the lists, not every past item is there. RIP, Hexed Outfit and your awesome drippy hat.

That’s not all that ArenaNet rolled out today. In a forum post, the studio laid out a new plan for communication between its teams. “There’s a new team in town with a lot of old faces: the Systems team,” Gaile Gray writes.

“The Systems team mashes together the Skills and Balance, Player versus Player, World versus World, and Rewards Teams. Combining these teams will help to us create more cohesive content and make the most logical changes to Guild Wars 2 while reducing the chances that any particular part of the game will be negatively impacted when there are game-wide changes. The members of the old teams are now sitting in the same area with one another, like one big family composed of gleeful charr, modest sylvari, bashful norn, ornery humans, and whimsical asura. This means that there is greater communication and sharing of knowledge between everyone involved.”

A forum chat on the systems team is currently ongoing (Reddit has plenty of grouchy opinions on it already, of course).

As for the game’s content itself, yep, ArenaNet has some fresh plans there: It’s kicking off PvP League Season 13 next week on August 28th, and that means a bunch of skills and balancing changes coming along for the ride, including a hefty revamp for the Revenant, specifically its Herald elite spec. And it’s not just a mechanics update: “In revamping the herald traits, we themed it more closely to the compassion of Glint, who sought to shield humanity from the Elder Dragons and sacrificed herself toward that end. This left us with three distinct themes: Assisting humanity. Unifying a group of champions. Channeling her gift of prophecy.” Revs are gonna want to check out that whole post.

The game is in the midst of anniversary season; expect continuing sales, a birthday bash on Twitch next week, and birthday gifts to elder characters. Both Path of Fire and Heart of Thorns upgrades are 30% off right now too.

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Bruno Brito

“This means that there is greater communication and sharing of knowledge between everyone involved.”

What have they done the last 6 years?

From Reddit. It may be grouchy but it IS a relevant question.

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Matthew Riddle

Merging of anything when it comes to MMOs is never a good thing.

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Mitzruti

Hexed hasn’t been a cash shop item. It’s something you trade candy corn in for during halloween. So it makes sense that it’s not on the list.

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Arktouros

Was pretty disappointed God-Slayer weapons weren’t on the list either and that’s a wholly Cash Shop offering.

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Arktouros

As someone who traditionally spends well in games, especially GW2, have to say I’ve become pretty annoyed at the changes to the cash shop systems in GW2 over time. It’s all very convoluted and stacked now and I am not a fan. Buy Black Lion keys to get Statuettes that require various amounts to unlock specific things that we’ve now put behind the Statuette shop. Now it’s buy voucher coupons to access other cash shop offerings.

I just don’t get the need for all the layers and I think this marks the turning point where I downgrade from being interested in looking for things to purchase in GW2 to just letting it slide off.

Not a fan of the Revenant changes, either. Boon duration kinda made the Herald what it was. Changing Natural Resonance feels like gutting one of the main aspects to that character I liked. After all the Elementalist nerfs last time just not sure what class I would even play anymore.

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Songs for Children

To be fair, the addition of the Black Lion statuettes did not require some overhaul–they were merely an added bonus/incentive.

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Arktouros

I mean they’ve overhauled the Black Lion chests more than a few times regardless but that really wasn’t the core of what my issue is. The core of my issue being that there’s now stacked cash shop currencies where you buy gems to buy keys in order to get access to statuettes that then gives you access to different items to purchase. When I spend money on games I want it to be simple. I spend X dollarydoos I get such and such goods. What I don’t want to have to do is calculate how much X dollarydoos I have to spend to purchase Y keys in order to get Z statuettes to be able to purchase what I actually want. Now there’s a whole outfit system where I have to purchase a voucher to browse through outfit selections…just no thanks man.

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Sally Bowls

I can’t recall a situation with multiple currencies where I welcomed them or thought they were added for my benefit.

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Dragon Whimsy

Every time you did new content and felt rewarded instead of just skipping the new content and spending your old currency that you had hoarded.

Mind you I’m talking in general, that doesn’t apply to a gem shop “currency”. In this specific case it just adds more value to the loot boxes than they had previously. I assure you those who buy a lot of loot boxes see the benefit. That isn’t me but there’s nothing wrong with the system for those who do.

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Dragon Whimsy

The Black Lion Statues are just a way to guarantee you get an item from the chests eventually if you spend enough instead of being totally dependent on RNG. They added some minimal value to opening a chest even if your RNG is bad. It’s a system every loot box should have if you have to have an RNG loot box at all.

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Arktouros

What they’ve done is include various items in the Statuette system that actually aren’t available in the Black Lion chests themselves. What this means is first you have to buy one currency (gems) then another currency (keys) to acquire enough of another currency (statuettes) so you can access the Statuette goods to get access to those items. It isn’t a consolation prize or an alternative method to acquiring the same goods offered but a whole separate form of stacked currency with some overlapping items.

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Dragon Whimsy

It’s not convoluted at all. Nothing has changed except they’re taking a bunch of older weapons and outfits that aren’t selling well anymore and providing an alternative way to get them so they can stop rotating them in and out of the store and make way for more new items.

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Arktouros

Oh that’s right. They’re very limited how many items they can sell at one time in their cash shop. Silly me. I forgot all about that maximum items they could sell at one time limit. It’s not like they have multiple categories of items to organize their offerings or some kinda of Pormotion sales tab to show off the latest and greatest items to their cash shop. They’re just so limited by how much they could sell at one time they needed a whole new item to sell to keep track of all the times they have to remove items from the cash shop because there just isn’t enough room for it all.

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miol

The members of the old teams are now sitting in the same area with one another… This means that there is greater communication and sharing of knowledge between everyone involved.

Newsflash:

New Study: Open Offices Kill Teamwork

> 73 percent less time in face-to-face interactions!

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Venomlicious

The highlight of a Korean mmopvpg Look we updated more cash shop. What a joke

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Sariel

Good bait. But it’s not a Korean MMO and the anniversary sale vouchers are actually really nice news for players in the game

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Sally Bowls

OP was not as coherent as we would have liked and may not be treating GW2 fairly.

OTOH, I fail to see how one can defend “not a Korean MMO.” It is a MMO, published by a wholly owned subsidiary of a company that is incorporated in Korea and listed on the Korean stock exchange. The quarterly earnings reports show GW2 revenue denominated in Korean Won. Do you think that French and German people think of iPhones as Irish products because they were sold by the Irish subsidiary of Apple?

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Sariel

It was literally developed in the United States of America

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Sally Bowls

By a Korean company for the financial benefit of that Korean company. How many other products, except for MMOs on social media, do people ignore the nationality of the company that makes it, investigate the provenance of the product development, and use that to label the product??? You are free to do what you want ofc, but most people think of Hondas as Japanese cars even if they are designed in Southern California or manufactured in Ohio. If ArenaNet were to outsource most coding to Bangalore, India would you then consider GW2 an Indian product?

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Greaterdivinity

ArenaNet is based out of Bellvue (sp?) Washington. They may be owned by NCsoft, but they’re a US company. Just like Riot and Epic aren’t Chinese companies despite their Tencent ownership, nor is Cryptic a Chinese company despite their PWE/Sumpo Food Holdings ownership.

So yes, NCsoft reports quarterly earnings in their native currency, but that doesn’t change the fact that GW2 isn’t a Korean game. Just like Sony is a Japanese company and reports their earnings in Japanese yen. And I don’t think you’ll find anyone calling God of War, Uncharted, The Last of Us, or Horizon “Japanese games”, which they’d have to by your logic.

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McGuffn

My guess is people still think of Budweiser as an American company,

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ihatevnecks

Do less meth.

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Greaterdivinity

Ooohhh, bag expansion slot sale. Excellent, have some leftover gems I’ve been waiting to use and more bag space on my main is definitely something I’m down for.

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imayb1

For me, it’ll be character slots on the 25th!

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Greaterdivinity

Those are tempting as well. I think I still need a few for an engi/necro alts if I ever want to play them. Just dropped a chunk of cash on gems, but I may drop a bit more for the character/inventory slots this weekend. Damnit GW2, stop selling things I want to buy!