I try not to get excessively overhyped about things in MMOs, especially things probably a year and a half or more away, but I can’t help it this time: The idea that we’re getting a slice of Guild Wars 1’s Factions campaign in Guild Wars 2 literally had me screaming happy profanities in MOP’s writer chat yesterday. Not only was ArenaNet finally announcing an expansion – something many of us believed the game and its depressed playerbase desperately needed – but that expansion is rather plainly set in Cantha, or at least part of Cantha, a chunk of the Guild Wars franchise map near and dear to my heart. ArenaNet couldn’t have announced something more like what I want if it’d tried.
The teaser pic in yesterday’s sly announcement post looks like Shing Jea, the starter island for that original campaign, and indeed the words “Shing Jea” appear in the website code too. I can’t help but wonder what beyond the island we might be getting. New classes? Wouldn’t you love to see Ritualists? (We already have something akin to the Assassin, of course!) What about playable Tengu, something long-wanted by the GW2 vets? Honestly, I’d be happy with new elites and new maps, but I assume ArenaNet is cooking up something big on the scale of mounts too. But what?
What are you hoping for out of Guild Wars 2’s Cantha-ish expansion?