Heading back to Guild Wars 2? Check out this fan summary of everything that’s changed

    
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Guild Wars 2 is seven years old, so it stands to reason that the milestone has put the game back on the radar of lapsed players who are curious about what the game has to offer since their departure. Rather handily, one redditor, u/Lishtenbird, has put together a chart.

The chart itself is pretty impressive, offering a timeline of updates made to the MMO in a variety of gameplay aspects, including PvE, PvP, WvW, and even global mechanics and UI changes. Each section is broken up by year and is even color-coded based on Living World season or expansion pack release so you can tell what features are associated with any potential purchases you may need to make. It also appears that the chart’s creator will keep it up-to-date on their personal website.

If you’re among those who are considering a return to the world of Tyria, perhaps you should take a look.

"I left Guild Wars 2 during …, what changed?" — a comprehensive chart of feature & content updates in GW2 (v. 3.6, pre-LWS5) from Guildwars2

source: Reddit
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Sleepy

And yet there’s still no medium armor that doesn’t make me look like a cartoon pirate.

Techno Wizard
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Techno Wizard

<3 GW2. And that list just shows how far GW2 has evolved. Nice.

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Orenj

I got a “new” 1070 Ti recently to replace my aging 7970 and decided to poke my nose back into GW2. Still not playable on high settings. (Note this system now has no trouble maintaining 60fps in BDO Remastered)

I’d be interested if an “optimizations” section ever appears in that list.

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

CPU makes more of difference.

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kvlt_vonnegut

Mordy’s right, specifically single-core CPU clocks are the limiting factor. The GW2 engine for all intents and purposes doesn’t do multithreading and is DX9-bound. With any recent-ish CPU (Intel 4000 series or newer, I’d say) clocked over 4GHz you can max out your graphic settings in all but heavy zerg content.

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David

There is a direct x 12 mod for the game that makes it infinitely more stable in large fights. I bought a 1070 ti, overclocked, and rarely drop any frames at high settings on an ultrawide.

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snacky

Very handy article. Thanks!

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

That’s an awful lot of data for a game that supposedly has no content.

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Emiliano Lozada

Possible but when such a spreadsheet is done for another MMO then we’re able to compare apple to apples. On that point I believe GW2 sheet will be dwarfed.

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Heh a lot of people that play MMOs are in their 30s plus these days, any of them delusional enough to think they have the time to grind it out in a traditional Skinner Box has failing marriages, stagnant careers, and neglected kids. GW2 respects your time while providing you with enough things to work on casually that you still get that sense of accomplishment with out being a neck beard on the verge of an intervention when you hit Middle Age.