“In the first quarter of 2020, we’re continuing to deliver content updates every month, from Living World episodes to competitive updates. An upgraded Lunar New Year experience with a new activity and rewards is on its way after the holiday break, followed by Episode 2 of The Icebrood Saga in January. The competitive team is still hard at work on Swiss tournaments and balancing, efforts that will bear fruit not long after the holidays. And after that, we’ll debut a new type of Living World content called Visions of the Past: a story that will take you out of the commander’s shoes and give you a new perspective on Ryland Steelcatcher—along with some unannounced surprises we can’t wait to unveil.”
Yes, you heard that right – in January. January 28th, to be exact. “Something big is coming,” the studio writes.
There’s a bit more to the blog: ArenaNet is promising the PvP and WvW balance update is really still on the way, now “targeted for Q1 of 2020,” along with the Swiss tourneys and Warclaw rebalance; the Lunar Festival is on track for January and will see it brought “to parity” in scope with other holidays, with a new PvE activity called Celestial Challenge and new weapon/armor loot; and there’s a preview of Steel Warband mechanics. This is probably the closest thing we’ll get to a roadmap, so drink it in.
There’s a new teaser trailer for the episode too…