Guild Wars 2’s next episode, Jormag Rising, launches July 28 – here’s the new trailer

    
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As promised, ArenaNet has pushed out the trailer for Guild Wars 2’s next episode, titled Jormag Rising and launching in just two weeks.

“Chapter four of Guild Wars 2’s ongoing story The Icebrood Saga arrives Tuesday, July 28, with the vast stirring of the ancient, magic-devouring Jormag, the Elder Dragon of Ice and Persuasion. Titled Jormag Rising, the episode expands upon episode three’s Drizzlewood Coast map, offering an epic new meta event, and adding a new dimension to the area’s charr push-and-pull siege warfare mechanic. ArenaNet released a new trailer today that showcases what to expect on the next leg of the campaign between the charr Dominion and United Legions. […] As the titanic wall of ice in the north begins to melt, opening the way to Bangar Ruinbringer’s Dominion armies, the Frost Legion begin to march from the shadowy depths of Jormag’s domain, while the dragon itself stirs as it consumes the ancient magics of Tyria.”

The episode promises a new chunk of Drizzlewood Coast, a new map meta event that “culminates with players directly confronting Jormag’s sinister power, upgrades for two older weapon sets, a new infusion, an upgraded shiver emote (seriously), and “new upgrades to the United Legions Waystation mastery that will grant new skills like the medi-zooka, a support tool for your allies in the heat of battle, and the ability to navigate the shifting intrigue of the charr conflict with a stealth action for mounts.” The trailer is below.

Source: Official site, press release

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Bryan Turner

Good to see them trucking along, but it’s odd that other studios can figure out Voice Acting during Covid 19 but not ANet. The only thing I can think of is Zenimax and Blizzard records all their Voice Acting before actual Game Development, for example the VA for Sylvanas working double duty in Shadow Lands and Greymoor?

I’m not judging ANet I’m just confused.

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Josh

Well, not all voice actors are in the same circumstance. If you’re a voice actor and you have the ability to record at home, that can allow your studio to move forward with including your work. However, if you live near an airport, busy street, etc. and don’t have the means to soundproof a room in your house, then it just might not be possible. And if one or two voice actors for key characters are in this situation, it could hold back the entire thing.
I mean, I don’t know exactly what the situation is for ANet and it’s voice actors, but this is what I would expect is most likely.

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Sleepy

I think I’ll putter along on the unending skyscale grind too, and wait for the VA to be added.

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Greaterdivinity

Yay, more Drizzlewood-esque maps! Boo for more mastery grinding, I need to grind out more mastery points for this stuff >.<

Oh well, kinda sad I can't leech this XP to work on my Skyscale mastery (finally unlocked that sucker), and hopefully the Drizzlewood map won't be abandoned as I've still got plenty of work to do there. Guess I should jump on that before the new update.

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Matthäus Wey

I think that this is just an extension of the map, and therefore people will stay on the map for at least the next three months.

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Greaterdivinity

Oh man, that’s EVEN BETTER if true! Both because I like having even more time to farm medals and because IMO it’s better to grow that map rather than simply move onto another one.

If they continue this approach of releasing a map and then expanding it with the next update (Bjora and now this) I’ll be super happy, because that gives a much longer life to the map overall than just 3 months and move onto the next one.

Now I’ve got a fantasy of them functionally doing this, but across a whole LW season where it’s a 4-5 part map that completes a whole so that it’s always populated and engaging in activities in any part can help progress towards current rewards for the latest update (in general).

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Leiloni

Just started Episode 1 of Icebrood Saga and then put it on hold to work on my Skyscale (Currently on “Saving Skyscales”) so I have a lot of work to do. No way I’ll be ready for this when it comes out but I suppose that’s a good thing.

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Greaterdivinity

If you don’t have a ton of map currencies needed for that grind (last part is obnoxious) I highly recommend you get through both parts of Bjora Marches (I think that’s the ice zone). You can exchange the currency you farm there from a vendor from the second part of that episode for the various currencies you’ll need, and logging in to open large chests/maybe do a Drakkar once a day is a lot less taxing of a grind than going to the respective zones…just a longer one. At the very least it’s a nice way to supplement those currencies after farming as much as you can in those respective zones.

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Leiloni

I’ve actually been doing a lot of research lately and trying to make notes for myself on what I need to do on a regular basis to earn those. I have the Kralkatite Ore done but the rest needs work. I did read some people mention the Bjora Marches grind and I wasn’t sure if it was better or not but I might try it. I tried to do some farming last night and it was time consuming to say the least. Thanks!

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Greaterdivinity

At the very least logging into the second half to grab the 2 large chests/1 medium in the northern area and hopping down south a bit to grab the large blue one will get you enough ore to get 20-30 of whatever currency you need. More if you get the meta event on either half of the zone. Grabbing those chests alone takes maybe 5 minutes, a bit more if you meander around to grab a few other medium/small chests and some norn chests.

I didn’t have the heart to actually grind the respective zones for that currency, so while it took a bit longer in real-time to do it this way it was infinitely better for my sanity. But if you’re already doing the grind, it’s a quick way to supplement it a bit.

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Matthäus Wey

Looks good for what you’d expect. Unfortunately it really shows how important VA really is. I’ll probably wait until they add VA because it ruined the last EP a bit.

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jealouspirate

Yeah, I agree. I was even a little surprised at how much of a difference it makes. I didn’t think the missing VA would be such a big deal, but it is.

It doesn’t help that they’re obviously designed with VA in mind. When characters are talking in the middle of the action it’s quite difficult to read text bubbles.