Guild Wars 2 buffs cooking, dispenses anny gifts, and (maybe?) teases New Horizons

Now imagine you're dragging a sack.
Furbish up your pots and pans and spices and veggies, Guild Wars 2 players, as today’s patch makes good on one of Mike Zadorojny’s plans to buff up the forgotten crafting skills and bring them in line with the other level 500 skills. This week’s patch tackles cooking.

“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.”

Guild Wars 2’s seventh anniversary celebrations have also begun today. There are a bunch of new player-designed guild emblems entering the game as part of the festivities. My own oldest toon turned seven; here’s what was in her box:

And then everyone’s picking up the anniversary box, one per account:

Yep, they got you a rock. To stand on.

The cash shop has also been updated with the “New Horizons” Supply Drop Requisition bundle. MMO players will recall that these packages are sort of like miniature season passes that distribute discounted but valuable loot across multiple weeks. The most interesting bit here isn’t the sale but the name: New Horizons. The last SDR was named for War Eternal and rolled out right before War Eternal itself did, so we might just be looking at a name for the next episode or season right here. The Endless Ocean weapon box included in the package also makes us wonder whether we’re finally about to see the studio do something with all the big underwater combat changes it made last summer.

Reddit is already running wild with speculation, though of course we don’t have much longer to wait, as Friday ArenaNet is planning a big PAX West-adjacent reveal of its next living story season, hopefully setting the stage for the future of the game.

Don’t forget to swing by the cash shop for a freebie lockbox and key as well. First taste is free!

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