Guild Wars 2 fans are super unhappy about yesterday’s build template patch

    
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Yesterday, we covered the release of Guild Wars 2’s build template system, which had already come under fire from players grumpy over its complicated nature, the invalidation of hardcore players’ legendaries and inventory purchases, the deprecation of existing (and arguably better) player-made template tools, the unheeded feedback, and the studio’s bizarre brag about how many “clicks” the system would save players. With the launch, we could finally determine how expensive the whole system would be too; we pegged it at roughly $36 to max out a single character on build and equipment templates, plus another $37 to max out an account on build storage – it’d run you $360 to max everything on an account with one of every class.

As we notedReddit was already unimpressed with the prices, recommending people not buy them or buy new character slots instead. Plus, PvP and WvW players were mad because the update also removed their default templates.

But apparently, the furor was only getting started: As of this morning, players aren’t just mad about the perception that the template system was created as a monetization carrot – they’re also angry that template functionality is a bit of a mess. The game’s subreddit is currently on fire with angry memes, posts expressing frustration with the system, new proposals, bug reports and crash vids, even requests to just turn the whole thing off on a per-account basis. A lot of folks just want ArcDPS back.

Trying Templates Across Game Modes With Alts from Guildwars2

Over on the game’s official forums, which are traditionally more sedate given the company’s moderation, the posts currently up are pretty mad too, claiming ArenaNet’s charging for a lesser game experience, bemoaning the impact on legendary sigils, and asking for a single flat fee for the templates.

Even prominent content creators and community members have spoken out about the bugs and annoyances of the patch. “The build template update has made such a mess of the basic equipment functionally that it’s not even funny anymore,” @that_shaman tweeted this morning. “My elementalist uses legendary weapons for everything and even doing a basic weapon swap is giving me so many headaches. […] Things like: – Infusions and weapon sigils keep popping out randomly – I’ve already lost 2 infusions to the void so I’ve stopped swapping entirely because I’m afraid it hungers for more – No more auto swapping builds between PvE and WvW. […] At this point I don’t care about what kind of benefits the new system has to offer because it made basic functionality worse for me.”

ArenaNet is currently merging feedback posts on the template system into a single thread and requesting feedback, though given that it didn’t appear to do much with the feedback everyone gave beforehand, it’s unclear what effect this will have. It’s worth pointing out that many of the issues players are encountering right now would’ve been easily identified with a public test server. MMO players will recall that another game without a PTS, Elite Dangerous, recently saw a community uproar and petition for just such a test server after multiple buggy patches. Frontier acceded and is granting that demand.

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Michram142

They are unhappy with anything Arenanet does.
That’s basically turned as a normal practice nowadays and no one does anything about it.

People no longer treat the games normally, but as some sort of deities, and harm those who create them in any possible way – memes, threats (sometimes even death threats), riot over something, constant wave of unhappiness and hate.

This is unhealthy and Arenanet kind of added fuel to this situation by kinda unfinished yet thing as templates are.

But to see such reactions… I’d quit this business as it’s now so unhealthy and full of hatred.

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Michram142

And I no longer talk about templates in particular, but overall rotten atmosphere surrounding anything Anet does – and their Announcement concerning the Saga only lit the fuse.

It’s going to be worse, if we won’t act quickly to prevent it, because if we won’t – GW2 will die, and so any other game sooner or later.

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DargorV .

Its not like GW2 has been run like a second rate freetoplay for almost 2 years now.

Big surprise.. not

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Kurt Shadle

And the next ANET cash shop change will be, adding in a premium currency for skill uses. Run out of the currency and you’re essentially a walking doll unable to attack.

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Godnaz

People have figured out how to crash entire instances of the game using the new build template system. Not even worth playing GW2 atm.

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Mordyjuice

I came across a Revenant thread that claims that switching legends screws up people’s utility skills by placing utilities where ANet wants them as opposed to where the player placed them while leaving the utility icons where the player put them, so lets say you think you’re using Impossible Odds but you wind up using a different utility instead.

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Danny Smith

I can’t remember the last time Guild Wars 2 players were happy.

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Matthäus Wey

They aren’t really trying to make the community happy I fear. They do whatever is cheap and profitable.

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peor togs

Not on these boards anyway!

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K38FishTacos

I just hope that whatever happens to Anet, the GW1 servers stay up. I

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Dug From The Earth

Until game companies start trying to once again make money by creating new, innovative, and fun GAMES to play, players are going to continue to rage every time a new gimmick gets dumped in their laps designed to make these companies money.

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Jeremy Barnes

..a real shame that no one could have predicted this was going to be a mess before it launched..

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Godnaz

They would have been better off buying ArcDPS from its author and reselling it back to the community at a premium. Super shitty thing to do but at least it shows more competence in recognizing a superior application of the games systems. I went casual long ago because ANet could just never get it together. That community is just begging for punishment at this point.