Guild Wars 2 has lost a couple more devs in the last few months

    
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Another developer has exited the Guild Wars 2 franchise: This time it’s Hugh Norfolk, whose final title with ArenaNet was Lead Systems Designer. Norfolk was an eight-year veteran of the studio and joins two other recent and public departees – including Chris Cleary and Jason Reynolds.

As MMO readers will recall, a year ago ArenaNet was hit with heavy layoffs and a reorganization, followed with assurances that the game was secure. But over the course of 2019, we saw a steady stream of multiple additional devs (including studio head Mike O’Brien) moving on from the company (that we know of). Squabbles over content and monetization made the year one of ArenaNet’s worst from a confidence standpoint.

It’s not all gloom and doom, however – far from it. Recent entries in the living world saga have been fairly well-received, we just got a most welcome developer preview, and we know ArenaNet has other games up its sleeve once again.

Source: Twitter via Reddit
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Greaterdivinity

They’re trying to put out some positive news, and while him leaving isn’t inherently negative it’s not helping the push for some positivity.

Good luck to him wherever he’s going. Played a ton more of the latest update and I’m increasingly liking it (enjoying that I can farm currency for the skyscale much more easily by buying it from the vendor, yay!) I just hope they can keep delivering at this level at a minimum, and hope they have some actual GW2 related surprises up their sleeve to delight us. The game could really do with a nice surprise at this point.

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micedicetwice

“People just don’t understand how common it is” – GW2 subreddit, most likely.

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TherecDaMage .

The subreddit is split between “Guys the industry has turnover all the time” and “Another developer abandoning a sinking ship”

Godnaz
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Godnaz

I’m definitely in the “Another developer abandoning a sinking ship” crowd and it’s been pretty accurate so far regardless of what ArenaNet has to say about it.

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Axetwin .

Yup, this is the mantra right before the game goes down. Saw it constantly in the final year of Marvel Heroes.

Alyn
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Alyn

Yeah, there is a bit of good news, I suppose, for the immediate future, uhmm,ahh, however- ?
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