Guild Wars 2 is spiffing up a weapon set after players complained about meh reskins

    
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Here’s the thing: When you make an MMO that focuses heavily on cosmetics, especially paid cosmetics, you are gonna find a lot of players nitpicking those cosmetics. There’s a reason we tease the buttcapes, after all.

As it happens, the Shining Aureate weapons added with Guild Wars 2’s Lunar New Year patch earlier this month attracted just that kind of attention, as apparently a small group of players had complained that they were merely reskins of the not-super-sexy Aureate weapons without the pop people were expecting out of something that took a moderate amount of achievement effort. Multiple people in the forum thread of complaints called it outright “insulting.” Shockingly, ArenaNet not only saw the thread but acted on it.

“We’ve collected your feedback on the Shining Aureate weapons introduced with Lunar New Year and acknowledge we missed the mark on this set,” the studio wrote last night. “We’ll update them soon with improved textures and additional effects. We’re working on getting this update into the 1/28 release, and any weapons you’ve already unlocked will be spiffed up at that time.”

In totally unrelated news, if you’ve ever totally sucked at doing jumping puzzles in Guild Wars 2 – don’t fib now – this video from MuklukYoutube is for you.

Source: Official site, Reddit. Thanks, Ken!
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rollnJ

hey guild wars, how about getting around to implementing the alliance system that you been promising and the WvW community has been clamoring about for years ?

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TomTurtle

It’s a positive for sure, unless you preferred the old skins.

But yeah, it’s a shame it took feedback at all to rectify this issue, though it isn’t surprising considering the poor balance of in-game cosmetic rewards and gemstore ones.

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Anton Mochalin

Thanks for posting the Mukluk’s video, that guy’s channel really deserves being mentioned. WoodenPotatoes’ videos still seem more intelligent to me but Mukluk does such a great job at promoting GW2 and helping new players with good advice.

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Mordyjuice

WP hasn’t been doing as much lately on YouTube at least, I’ll check Mukluk out never heard of them.

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Anton Mochalin

WP recently made the totally epic “GW1 vs WoW” review lasting 2,5 hours which I watched in its entirety even though I’ve never played any of those two games. ArenaNet is very lucky to have WP playing GW2.

Mukluk is just one of the newer streamers who doesn’t focus very much on GW2 but he just feels quite well what’s fun about GW2 and able to share that. I guess quite a lot of people started playing the game after watching his videos.

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Mordyjuice

I prefer the Luminous Skins personally.

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Dankey Kang

same, the luminous greatsword is easily my favourite skin in the entire game.

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Mordyjuice

It actually inspired this character’s name, if you look back 10 15 years to the Marvel Cosmic titles there was a version of Quasar named Phyla Vel that had Quantum Construct Great Sword that looked almost exactly like this skin.

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Paragon Lost

Don’t like that GW’2 likes to compete with WoW for oversized weapons. I really dislike them, they look silly and I find it reduces my enjoying the mmorpg. This is whether it’s GW2, WOW or any other mmorpg. With WoW I tend to transmog down all my armor and weapons to reasonable sized nice looking versions. It’s like almost all of the developers suffer from sort of small penis mental issue. Bigger is better.

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Dean Greenhoe

I share the same sentiment. Oversize weapons are overly cartoonish for my taste.

Hopefully, one day we can see an option in setting to turn this off or scale it.

Until that day we need a term for this like: Ego Compensator :)

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Paragon Lost

LOL! I like it. “Ego Compensator”. Look at the screenshot Mordyjuice just posted above my post for an oversized example. lol The damn crosspiece on that sword.

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SirPufnstuf

Agreed. The problem is that many of the weapons don’t look at all like what they’re supposed to be, or what you’d actually use them for. Many of the swords, for example, look more like giant clubs of some sort than anything else. You could bash someone over the head with them, but I couldn’t imagine trying to cut or pierce anything with them.

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Bruno Brito

They do have some cool, more discreet weapons. I’m a huge fan of the Aureate weapons themselves, but the Krytan have a special spot in my heart.

I can’t really complain about GW2 options when it comes to make a more discreet look.

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micedicetwice

Yeah, you definitely can create a very discreet look. Whats the point of doing it though, when everyone else around you shines like a radioactive discoball? It just eats your eyes with a dessert spoon. Specifically mounts, goddamit, those galactic skins are made in hell.

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Bruno Brito

Considering that i build my characters for me, i would say the point is that.

I’ll concede that outside that, GW2 lacks in the department of having decent activities.

But when i played my Asuraneer, i used a lab coat and people were complimenting me everywhere, even WvW. It had a “scientist” kinda vibe.

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Mordyjuice

Heard you like this kind of thing :D

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jealouspirate

The glow/aura effects in GW2 are completely out of control, especially now with mounts. Any area congested with players is a huge eyesore.

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Eamil

So, I’m not sure the article makes it clear, so I just wanna be blunt about what this is for the sake of anyone reading.

This is the Aureate Greatsword. It’s a skin that’s been in the game since launch, you get it dropping off enemies starting around level 40-ish.

This is the Shining Aureate Greatsword. You might notice it’s exactly the same but with a splash of yellow.

All the Lunar New Year weapons are like that. They’re slight recolors of one of the oldest weapon sets in the game. I’m not even invested in GW2, I just hopped back in for a week or so recently, but given that they hyped up an updated Lunar New Year on their roadmap recently with comments about bringing it up to par with other festivals and holidays in the game, I get why people were annoyed by this.

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Paragon Lost

Damn sword outweighs the bikini clad model wearing it. ;p

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Eamil

As zweihanders go it’s pretty accurate, though.

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Paragon Lost

Hehe. yeah but she couldn’t pick it up or carry it. I’ve held actual flamberges, Zweihanders etc. They’re freaking heavy and hard on the wrists, forearms… hell upper body. I’m saying that as someone who is 6’2″ and was in shape at the time I handled those weapons.

As an aside, some great museums in europe with impressive collections on weapons, armor, and other medieval devices. Rothenburg ob der Tauber the last time I was there had a great museum on medieval crime and punishment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothenburg_ob_der_Tauber

Also a beautiful place in general, walled city etc. Awesome restaurants, great wine and view. There was this one place I ate at that had this view looking over a the valley with an old Roman built bridge below.

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styopa

Perfect illustration of the cognitive dissonance I keep hitting in GW2.

It’s like one part of the team is committed to modelling (for example that sword) very authentically – it’s a good example of an historically-plausible 2hander.
…and then some producer goes “that’s perfect, now just make it 50% bigger because BIGGER is AWESOME!”

Some goes for the women, frankly. If you look at those bikini-clad women’s shapes they’re idealized, certainly, but pretty authentically proportioned – hippy, etc. And then they turn around and …BOOOOOOBS! (and a startlingly-numbing cavalcade of perfect-model-faces for women, perfect skin, make up, and blandly gorgeous)

It’s really off putting for me, anyway.

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Paragon Lost

lol. As my daughter said one day, “Gravity defying Boobs”.

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rollnJ

you are free to make fat and ugly characters in gw2 if you like

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styopa

Last time I checked (a while ago) you could manage ugly, but fat? Wasn’t possible.

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micedicetwice

It’s a standard naked model used simply to avoid any clipping issues in weapon demonstration.

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Paragon Lost

You posted that with a straight face I’m betting. I’m amused.

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kgptzac

As someone who once played this game, it’s sad to see how low it’s fallen.

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Anton Mochalin

Lunar New Year is generally at lower level than other festivals but I like Dragon Ball Arena sooo much.

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Matthäus Wey

Well, that’s honestly pretty sad :/

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Minimalistway

Thanks for the jumping puzzle video, funny and life saving, one jump puzzle early in the game made me rage quit for real :-D

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Paragon Lost

Yeah that proto type position device rocks.