ArenaNet introduces World Boss Teleport Device to Guild Wars 2 cash shop, unveils redesigned website

    
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A new item added to the Guild Wars 2 cash shop allows players to teleport instantly to world bosses. The aptly named World Boss Portal Device, which costs 400 gems (or about $5 US), provides the holder with world-boss spawn notifications in their chat box and will teleport them instantly to the waypoint nearest to the selected world boss, even if that waypoint is contested. It’s worth noting that the device is usable only by level-80 characters, so lowbies will still have to get there the old-fashioned way.

Reaction to the new item has been mixed, with some players claiming it gives paying players an unfair advantage. Others, however, are less critical and seem to welcome the new item as a convenient-but-unnecessary quality-of-life improvement.

Also of note on the ArenaNet front, the studio has recently redesigned its website, sparking speculation about what projects ANet might have in the works. The site itself provides no clues, but some players seem to think that the revamped website is a precursor to something larger.

Source: /r/GuildWars2, ArenaNet official site
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Arsin Halfmoon

Its only 5 bucks, man has literally spent 5 bucks on worse things. They already sell the pack that unlocks the waypoints, and this game is over 6 years old.

Its a good time to sell it, plus it cuts down on all the alt tabbing for world bosses.

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Greaterdivinity

Still enjoying it, it’s handy to have if for no other reason than because I’m bad and frequently forget to check in on timers for bosses. Already nabbed a few that I’ve missed for ages (Karka Queen, which was the final MP I needed for core tyria!) for achieves etc.

One thing I REALLY hope they do is add map-meta alerts for HoT/PoF zones. I lucked out and ended up visiting Dragons Stand a few times recently right near the end of the meta (yay for some free achieves and MP’s etc.!) but hot damn would it be awesome to get an early heads up so I could quickly jump over at the start rather than bumbling in near the end.

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imayb1

IMO, this is a partial answer to the consistently expanding world. GW2 has been adding a map every few months and it’s really spreading out the players on a sprawling super-map. Having this device may get players more involved in bouncing around the maps.

Think of it irl– you probably know of somewhere near your home that’s really great but you almost never go there. Why? Maybe it’s a hassle to get there, maybe parking is a pain, maybe it’s expensive, maybe it just seems ‘too far’ when you’ve just come home. Whatever it is that stops you from going, it has a similar reflection in-game. This device is kind of your around-to-it pass key; it removes those mental de-motivators. As such, I think it’s a good idea for the game.

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kjempff

And for 5$ more you can buy a pack of auto-kill token so you don’t have to work for it yourself. And not only that, if you buy the offline-auto-kill token, your character will autokill all world bosses while you are not online, only 5$ lasts 24hours.

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Songs for Children

Nice slippery slope fallacy you’ve got there.

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Greaterdivinity

Welp, picked one up and…it’s basically an in-game Dulfy timer that’s mildly more convenient. Not bad for $5.

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Toy Clown

GW2 is tops for putting quality-of-life features on the cash shop. That’s what I consider this item!

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Michael18

Too much use of teleportation makes an MMO too gamey, for my taste. One of the main reasons why I couldn’t get into GW2 and gave up on the game a few weeks after launch, even though I liked the art style a lot.

But the majority of the community seems to be looking for hop-in/hop-out game play that puts you right into the action at the push of a button, so I guess a teleport-to-boss item makes sense.

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Tizmah

Imagine that, a game being too “gamey”. What a concept.

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Dug From The Earth

Next up

1000 gems – World Boss Fighting Droid – Fights world bosses for you!

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Mitzruti

aren’t most world bosses handled by pressing 1 and chilling while other people do the work anyway?

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Robert Mann

Seems like it just prevents the need to actually think about it, open the map, and teleport. Meh.

I’m not a huge GW2 person, but this seems pretty silly to get upset over. Think of it as a fee for playing while lazy or lacking the focus to track do it otherwise.

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Schmidt.Capela

I’m not sure if it’s still that way because I left a long time ago, but last I looked at it the closest waypoints to any big event, including world bosses, were disabled while the event was happening, forcing players that wanted to join to teleport to the next closest waypoint and then walk to the event; the delay this added meant you would get to the event or boss just as it was wrapping up, usually too late to clear the contribution threshold required to get any rewards.

Which, mind, is part of the reason I dislike GW2’s “dynamic” events.

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McGuffn

If you do it on time, that seems unlikely. Karka Queen maybe but there isn’t a waypoint at the original spawn anyway.

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blah blazh

depends which event. Most of the world boss events don’t close off the nearest waypoint. For those thinking of getting this, you have to be level 80 to use it. I’ll just keep on using /wiki timers

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laelgon

Convenient, but in no way game breaking. Besides the initial unlocking of waypoints, it’s just as much effort to have another browser window open with world boss timers. The cost of teleporting is so cheap that it makes no difference on that side either.