Guild Wars 2 admits new fractals, raids, and even hairstyles are many months away

    
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As we’re mulling over our own impressions of Guild Wars 2’s latest content release, Whisper in the Dark, the players who’ve likely already finished it up are back to Reddit, poring over the news that’s emerged in its wake. One such chunk of news came from German website Buffed.de, which appears to have gotten a fresh answer out of ArenaNet on the subject of raids, fractals, and legendaries. And hair. There’s a reason they call it Fashion Wars, after all.

“We also had to ask the developers while playing the new assault missions: What about the established content such as raids, fractals, and legendary weapons? The latter have had two complete sets (except underwater weapons) since the introduction of Exordium. But the response turned out sobering: Nothing is off the table, but in the next episodes of the Eisbrut [Icebrood] saga, we can not expect it. Even new hairstyles will not exist – a feature that many actually wanted. The reason for the lack of new hair? This feature has never been prioritized in the development of new content, and probably not in the near future.”

Reddit is… not taking the confirmation well; amusingly some folks seem madder about the hairstyles than about the raids and fractals, though that’s less about vanity and more about prioritization. Players have been estimating that means we’re potentially six months or more away from these types of content, and it’s already been a year since the last fractal (the last raid dropped in June).

However, it’s also been clear that ArenaNet aims to try new types of group content with its “saga” system, including the new strike missions. That doesn’t allay some players’ disgruntlement over the lack of things they’d consider “expansion-level features,” though.

Guild Wars 2 and ArenaNet haven’t had the best year following heavy layoffs and reorganization, the loss of multiple additional devs (including studio head Mike O’Brien), and multiple dust-ups over pacing and monetization, in spite of assurances for the game’s future. Here’s to hoping the studio’s back on track with its community soon.

Source: Buffed via Reddit

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McGuffn

“amusingly some folks seem madder about the hairstyles than about the raids and fractals,”

That’s because they ruined fractals and raids are too niche.

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TomTurtle

It really feels like they’re diverting resources for something else, again. Whether that’s future content and/or other titles doesn’t mean GW2 should suffer this much, again.

The latest content update was just okay. I appreciate that people enjoy the story content in this game, but I’m someone who values gameplay over story and ArenaNet has not done a good job on that front.

Living Story updates were bearable knowing there were actual expansion features in the future to look forward to like elite specializations. Very little of the saga has earned such a praise, with what little there is feeling more of a technicality to point to rather than being something worthy.

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kajidourden

Hopefully it means they are easing into maintenance mode and moving onto a new project.

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McGuffn

They just cancelled many if not all of their new projects

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Baemir

Practically every MMO company except for Blizzard (which didn’t start with an MMO, and also has relegated WoW quite a bit in the last few years) is going under right now. I know I’m going to get called all sorts of names for saying this so explicitly, on a site dedicated to MMOs, but this genre is almost completely gone. It’s just vanishing like the characters in Infinity War. Not that I’m happy about that. I’m just being real. The market figured out that there are more profitable alternatives to making MMOs and, to put it metaphorically, they left us, the fans, dying of dehydration in the middle of the desert.

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latorn

I don’t disagree entirely, the MMO market isn’t what it used to be, but I do disagree a bit.

MMOs like ESO and FFXIV are still going strong, and there are future MMOs on the horizon (New LOTR, Star Citizen, etc.)

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Baemir

Thing is, the new LOTR MMO is just a far off promise for now – a lot of MMOs have been announced and cancelled in the last couple years and I’m very skeptical about this supposed new AAA blockbuster coming out of nowhere. Especially considering how strict Tolkien Estate is.
Star Citizen is kind of a pseudo MMO isn’t it? With players split up in low capacity sectors? At least that’s how I remember it. But even if there wasn’t that, Star Citizen looks more like a very cinematic single player game with tacked-on online play to me. While it looks great, it’s not what comes to mind when I hear the term “MMO”.

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styopa

“You all still have phones, don’t you?”
/kidding…but kinda not.

I think you’re absolutely spot-on.

The pointy-headed bosses of the electronic gaming companies can read a ROCE chart as well as anyone. If you can put in 100 units of effort and get 150 units of return as an MMO, that’s pretty good. But if you can put in 10 units of effort and get 100 units of return that’s a phone/mobile game. Why would anyone whose responsibility is to make money for their company and shareholders do the former?

It’s great to have a company built on a burning desire to make a great game (TBH that’s where Blizz started, that’s where most of them start) but a vanishingly small % can sustain that motivation past the founders’ departure (or even the founders maturation). Ultimately, companies are collective enterprises to make money, they’re not about “heart” or “passion”, marketing bullshit notwithstanding.

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Veldara

I wanted to go into this update blind, I avoided social media discussions on this recent build of the game all yesterday and earlier today. After setting aside a nice afternoon to myself I hopped onto the game and started the newest addition to the story expecting it’ll take up a few hours. That was an hour ago and I just finished the whole thing and typing this up now.

Truth be told, I thought the intro patch to this chapter was longer because as soon as the cutscene ended and I got booted out the instance, I then spent the next minute looking around for the next quest marker before realizing it was over.

Well…I guess I’ll go bake some banana bread then to kill all this free time I got left.

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Bruno Brito

:C

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McGuffn

wtf. you can’t frown at banana bread.

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Bruno Brito

I can’t, but it’s sad

She coulda been tasting sweet banana bread with good gaming, but now, no gaming will be had.

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Mordyjuice

Now that bread will have less flavor because it will have been baked with great sadness and disappointment, DAMN YOU ANET, DAMN YOU (KHHHHAAAAAAAAN!!!!).

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Veldara
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Veldara

I added a little bourbon to dull the pain.

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Bruno Brito

It’s too much. I weep for you.

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Mordyjuice

I’m jelly, I can’t drink any more because eventually within a month a slip right on back into heavy binge drinking again; happened the last time I relapsed when I celebrated after getting an award at work years ago.

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Bruno Brito

Anet: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Andrew Schwartz

Unfortunately the hey day of GW2 is past. I just log in when a new LS drops to bank it hoping that one day GW2 will have a resurgence in development.

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Veldara

I’m still at a loss at how abrupt the ending for it was, but I guess it’s better than pulling a sopranos.

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latorn

Unfortunately this isn’t surprising. :(

I miss GW2 so much… I just feel like I have nothing to do in it. After having made 3 different legendaries the endgame basically consists of me logging in for a few hours every 3 months to do the new story update. Really wish they took another approach to endgame at some point.

Don’t get me wrong: I have a ton of time played as the core systems are great and there’s a lot for new players- there’s just not as much for veterans when PvP is sidelined and your updates are the MMO equivalent of Telltale episodes.

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Greaterdivinity

I really want to know what’s going on internally at Anet. They’ve always had a staff that rivals the size of the teams working on ESO, FFXIV, or WoW (200+ development staff), but their output is consistently much lower in terms of overall quantity.

Bummer about the new hairstyles, I could use a fresh look on my character : (

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Bruno Brito

I don’t know. I would say the studio is under duress and chaotic, but they put out a decent patch, so it’s hard to say.

Clearly, tho, it’s not a pristine situation for them.

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ChoJun

with how this episode turned out, thanks no. lmao