Guild Wars 2 previews early 2020 plans, promises Shadow in the Ice saga episode on January 28

    
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If our retrospectives of Guild Wars 2’s 2019 (found here and here) left you a bit unsettled about ArenaNet’s future and communication, then feast your eyes on the company’s missive this afternoon, which announces the date for the game’s next saga episode, Shadow in the Ice.

“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…

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Matthäus Wey

I don’t want to be negative but the last update was just bad and I just can’t see them do any better without any changes in direction. They did, however, post a roadmap which revealed nothing but its a start I guess.

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Baemir

So… a whole lot more mediocre content pulled out of some generic single player RPG, with GW2’s floaty combat. Great.

Reginald Bottomsworth
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Reginald Bottomsworth

Hopefully we see an expansion at some point.

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peor togs

This is great news. Lets hope they execute well. Clearly they are working hard.

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McGuffn

yes, wasn’t expecting an announcement so soon

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rafael12104

Just hang on ladies and gents. It’s the old Yin and Yang of the MMO world. GW2 will turn it around and be on the upswing again and then… Well, a new debacle will emerge and down they will go, again. Heh. *shrug*

It is what it is.

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blah blazh

Seems to be about 90% negativity here at Massively

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peor togs

Couldn’t agree more…… its like people can’t see anything good anymore.

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Bruno Brito

Tired of feeding into hype.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I would call it cynicism. And it’s with good reason as anyone who has paid even casual attention to the MMO scene over the last decade would tell you.

I’ve lost track of the number of games that announced some future content only to disappear into nothingness not too long afterward. Both Vanguard and Wizardry put out road maps in 2014 and literally a week later the sunset announcements were made for both games.

Now that NCSoft is running the show, I approach any announcement with caution. Content may arrive at the beginning of the year, but that’s no guarantee that the game will still be around on this date a year from now.

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phaedrux

I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and I’m all coffeed up right now so-

It’s been getting worse over the past few years – not just on Massively or wrt GW2 but over all gaming venues that I partake in.

People will argue that there’s good reason for it, bad companies doing bad things and etc. And maybe there’s some truth to that.

But the level of vitriol has always seemed disproportionate to the reality of the offense, to me. And the bandwagoning, constant slew of fallacies, histrionics… it turns into a bunch of people trying to one up each other’s bitterness, like some kind of hellish social media minigame that takes on a life of it’s own.

Gamers take a perverted sort of pride in wielding their torches and pitchforks to burn down once true loves for their “betrayal.” Everyone has some extensive list of grievances always at hand to justify their venom.

I spent a lot of time earlier in life working middle management retail jobs and I remember how, after some time dealing with absurd customer demands, I began to regard anyone who walked in those doors with utter contempt. I’m astounded that there are any game developers left who don’t regard the “hardcore gamers,” the reddit warriors, the forum lawyers, with the same.

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Bruno Brito

What’s big about a new living story chapter? Their concept of big is pretty small.

Alyn
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Alyn

-from one of my all time favorite movies. Maybe it’s what to expect from GW2 in 2020?

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rafael12104

An oldie but a goodie. Man, movies used to be so damn good. Heh.

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TomTurtle

I’m glad they’re communicating their plans ahead of time, but it isn’t all that much.
The mention of unannounced surprises would be more interesting if I were unfamiliar with ArenaNet. I’m not getting my hopes up for that. I’ll just plainly see what it is whenever they get around to it.

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lordkrall

“promises Shadow in the Ice saga episode on January 28”

Also known as announcing. Surely using the word promises is a little weird?

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

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rafael12104

Love that bit. Lol!

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Bruno Brito

One of my predictions was correct, lol.

Now, SMM, GG and Karl.

Please, give me Karl back.