Guild Wars 2 is serving up a cooking patch and ascended food next week

    
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Come on, people now.

ArenaNet clearly knows that the way to gamers’ hearts is through their stomachs. This is not, of course, how anatomy works, but it seems to be the new Guild Wars 2 strategy, as this afternoon Anet made good on its promise to expand the cooking craft skill in the game.

MMO players will recall that following the ArenaNet layoffs earlier this year, Game Director Mike Zadorojny penned a lengthy letter to set the stage for what players could expect from the game going forward. Buried among the enhancements being considered by the team were expansions for the chef and jeweler skillsets that’d bring them in line with the other craft skills in the game. It looks like the cooking update is now on deck – for next week.

“On August 27, you’ll be able to level up your cooking skill to 500! When you reach cooking level 425, Sous-Chef Seimur Oxbone will contact you to check on your progress. Impress him with your skills and he’ll happily write you a letter of recommendation, sending you off on a journey to study with master chefs in every capital city. While you’re leveling your cooking skill, you’ll also graduate to a better class of tools and raw ingredients. Each instructor will help you obtain what you need, from a cutting-edge oven to high-quality meat and garden-fresh herbs.”

The new higher-tier ascended food will offer what sounds like the same buffs as earlier food, only bigger, plus an additional assortment of buffs (“bonuses to experience points, karma, magic find, gold find, and World vs. World experience points”) plus race-specific delicacies.

I’m a tiny bit embarrassed to admit how many maxed chefs I have in Guild Wars 2 (I just really like video game cooking, OK?!), but let’s just say that more than half of my toons are currently quite happy at this turn of events.

Source: Official site, newsletter (yes, a newsletter!)

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Randy Savage

The Macho Man needs some ascended slim jims!

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Bruno Brito

Just ascend everything already. Ascended chairs, ascended pets, ascended charr motobikes, ascended dirt, ascended elite specs.

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Nick Smith

Haha Bruno that statement went well with your profile picture :)

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Bruno Brito

Ascended kitty is waiting you to ascend

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Natalyia

I suppose it’s a bad sign that when I saw “cutting-edge oven” I went to “oooh, maybe ascended cooking station in personal instances?”

I know, not likely. But think – Ascended Asuran Microwave Edible Exothermic Reactor! Ascended Sylvari Solar Ovens! Ascended Charr FlameChar Grill! Ascended Ascalonian Cookstove! And… Ascended Norn Big Holbrak Fire?

It could happen! Maybe… There’s a big announcement coming up – new PvP mode in the Black Citadel – Iron Grill?

I’ll stop. :)

I don’t do much cooking in GW2, but bringing cooking (and jewelry) up to par with the other crafting disciplines seems like it’s a good thing, rather than some sort of awful treadmill – it’s not like, say, getting a Skyscale after all… :)

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McGuffn

I hope to god you don’t actually need an oven in your inventory or something.

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Axetwin .

And the gear……sorry, I mean crafting treadmill continues. So much for the so called “horizontal progression”.

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blah blazh

you aren’t serious with this comment are you?

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Bruno Brito

Doesn’t Ascended equipment count as vertical progression?

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Axetwin .

The new higher-tier ascended food will offer what sounds like the same buffs as earlier food, only bigger…..“.

This is the definition of how vertical progression works. You chase the things you already have, but only more powerful. This is how crafting has ALWAYS worked in GW2. Which is why their claim of horizontal progression is a lie.

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Joseph Meyer

I think the issue with your comment is that:

1) ascended as a tier has been in the game for a very long time;

2) crafting, as a profession, has fallen behind the others in terms of levels (400/500, I think).

Thus, this isn’t a treadmill as much as catching the tradeskill up with others.

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Bruno Brito

1) ascended as a tier has been in the game for a very long time;

Irrelevant. It’s still vertical progression in a game that was sold as horizontal progression.

2) crafting, as a profession, has fallen behind the others in terms of levels (400/500, I think).

There’s a better way.

Thus, this isn’t a treadmill as much as catching the tradeskill up with others.

Yeah, easier to powercreep the prof, than to fix the entire system. As per Anet tradition.

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Joseph Meyer

It is horizontal in that a new global tier wasn’t added. A neglected profession has been updated in line with all the others.