The Daily Grind: Are you tempering your Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons expectations?

    
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The Daily Grind: Are you tempering your Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons expectations?

Back in March, when Guild Wars 2 first let slip that it was working on something Cantha-ish, we all wrote quite a bit about what we wanted to see. Me, I was off in dreamland, jabbering about Ritualists and bird dudes and mounts. But MOP’s own Colin more wisely speculated about elite specs, new masteries, underwater combat, and raiding, arguing that full-on new classes and playable Tengu are unlikely.

And something about the End of Dragons reveal last week brought me back down to earth too. It’s not that I’m not excited. I am! It’s just that the trailer reminded me how very differently ArenaNet approaches Guild Wars 2 in practice compared both to classic Guild Wars and to the Guild Wars 2 in my memory. The things I want out of a return to Cantha just don’t fit the invisible tracks GW2 runs on. On the other hand, if pays respect to its roots as much as Path of Fire did, I won’t really mind so much.

Are you tempering your Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons expectations? What are you hoping for vs. what you’re actually expecting to get?

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Toy Clown

Recently, I re-downloaded GW2 and brushed it off thanks to a helpful tip of a reader here that’s allowing me to enjoy the game once again. In that regard, I’m more than stoked to see Cantha. Probably more so for the cosmetics and hopefully new hairstyles and faces. I just hope they do enough story content (and of course cosmetics!) around the Luxons.

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Schmidt.Capela

It would take making raiding completely optional — as in, making every single bit of raid content present and past, including all the rewards, also available for small groups or even solo players — to get me to even consider a return to GW2.

Basically, a big part of why I even started playing GW2 back then is that it wasn’t supposed to have raiding; 5-mans were supposed to be the hardest content in the game, and anything for larger groups was supposed to be open world content that any and every player could join in — and partake in the rewards — by just showing up. This was a promise ANet shred with the release of HoT.

So, in that sense, I’m not tempering my expectations because I don’t expect to ever get back to GW2. As they say, once burned twice shy.

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hardy83

Honestly with any MMO, just to let everyone experience the story, every dungeon and raid should be soloable. Zero rewards mind you, but all exploration and story beats should be available to everyone.

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Bruno Brito

Wouldn’t change a bit giving rewards to solo raids in GW2 per week. The game has no vertical progression to speak of.

That being said, rewards or not, soloable raids already.

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Java Jawa

I hope this one is a ton of fun for you gw2 players!

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Utakata

If I was a Guild Wars IP fan, having a Cantha based expansion on GW2 with no Ritualist would most certainly be a damper of my expectations big time.

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

I loved Heart of Thorns and loathed Path of Fire. If End of Dragons lands somewhere between the two I’ll be satisfied. My expectations a year ago would have been rock bottom but since the various firings and resignations at Anet things have improved noticeably. The Icebrood Saga has been a huge improvement on the last several years of gibberish stories and unplayable content. Someone finally seems to have remembered that GW2’s original USP was inclusivity not elitism.

All expansions, particularly for games that produce them as infrequently as GW2, have to have major new features. ANet are playing the nostalgia card hard with Cantha but they have to show something more tangible for those of us who didn’t think the original Guild wars was the be all and end all. We’ve had two kinds of travel with gliding and mounts and we’ve had Masteries and Raiding.

What’s the next Major Feature? A lot of my enthusiasm is riding on that. If we were to get real housing (we won’t) that would make End of Dragons a must-buy for me. If they come up with some new idea we all haven’t thought of, then I’m ready to give it a try. If they think they can slide by with More of the Same then it’s really going to depend on what the alternatives are a year from now. Chances are I’ll buy it out of lack of better options but if something else has turned up by then…

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kowachi

Frankly, I don’t care what’s in the expansion, I’m just glad it’s happening and that this and the Steam release will hopefully draw in a lot of new players and revitalize the game.

That said, I’m very excited to see what new feature they add to the game for this one. A-Net may get a lot of crap for their creative process, but they’ve managed to give us some really wonderful surprises over the years that had huge, positive impacts on the game. And since I feel like they’ve covered new travel methods pretty well, I’m expecting something very different and fresh to what we got in the last two expansions.

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Louie

I definitely agree with this. The gliders and then mounts were implemented super creatively, I’m curious what big mechanic they’ll add.

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Emmanuel Carabott

I guess the answer is both yes and no. Like probably every veteran of the original guildwars I am hoping for the ritualist, not as its own class, I do understand thats not likely to happen but perhaps as a the new necro specialization. Even than just last week a wise guild mate argued that she thinks even as an elite specialization it might be unlikely simply because mechanically speaking the ritualist is very close to the engineer. She has a point but hope is eternal, so while I understand I should temper my expectation I am still hope for it :)

I’ve also been hoping for personal housing since like day 1 and I’ll keep hoping for it but there is a heavy chain keeping that expectation in check :)

Thats the Yes part, the no part is because even though I know in some aspects I am unlikely to get my expectations met I also know deep down the expansion will exceed my overall expectation in some way or another. With Heart of thorns it was the intricate map design with far more verticality then I ever expected. With Path of fire it was the mounts. I never expected so much from a feature thats pretty much the same across every other MMO. I am sure the same will be with End of Dragons and cant wait to see what that they come up with next that will exceed expectations that I didnt even know I had.

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Makhiel

We’re getting Cantha (and dragons, I guess), there’s nothing to temper.

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TomTurtle

I expect more of what we’ve gotten in previous expansions, namely new elite specs and new maps to explore. There could be some new feature to go along with it, though what I don’t know and can hardly begin to guess with how ArenaNet comes up with things at times.

I don’t expect anything out there like proper housing, though I’ll always welcome such a feature should it find its way in.

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Bryan Turner

I’m sure I’ll buy it, I might even get excited for it; I’m not very enthusiastic for GW2 at the moment though.