ArenaNet has just one week to go before the latest entry in the current Saga, Visions of the Past: Steel and Fire, hits the Guild Wars 2’s servers. Today, the studio’s teasing the release by chucking the episode’s lead writer right at us with a dev blog. (More like these, please.)
“We had two main goals for this release: shed some light on Ryland Steelcatcher, and allow fans to experience pivotal moments in the Almorra Soulkeeper story line,” ArenaNet’s Kwan Perng begins.
“Ryland’s a stoic character who plays his cards close to the chest, so we wanted to give a voyeuristic view into a side of Ryland we rarely see. Through sheer grit, he’s earned the respect and admiration of his elite Steel Warband, a group of wild misfits that came up in the fahrar together. They’re his family, and in the Forging Steel vision you’ll get to fight alongside them as a new recruit. During the events of Whisper in the Dark, we learned of the unfortunate fate of Almorra Soulkeeper but not the events that led to it. Now you’ll get to see what transpired after the Sons of Svanir took her hostage and how her story intersects with Ryland’s mission. Almorra is a beloved character at ArenaNet, and we always intended to give her a proper send-off. Memorable moments for General Soulkeeper await.”
The dev blog also touches on the Eye of the North hub, which reintroduces the old scrying pool concept and of course the dip back into season one content. “There’s a lot going on in this new hub, including the debut of an unexpected fun character that players haven’t yet seen in person,” Perng teases. Protip: If you don’t want to spoiled on this, stay off Reddit for a week!
Visions of the Past: Steel and Fire launches March 17th.