Guild Wars 2 postpones November Steam launch indefinitely to focus on End of Dragons expansion and living world

    
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Guild Wars 2 postpones November Steam launch indefinitely to focus on End of Dragons expansion and living world

Just three months ago, ArenaNet told Guild Wars 2 players the game was bound for Steam with full crossplay in November. You might have forgotten that, what with the fact that the studio announced End of Dragons during the same event, and that kinda stole the show. Also it’s 2020, so that August event feels like a year ago.

In any case, it now appears that the Steam release isn’t happening anytime soon. “We’ve made the decision to put the Guild Wars 2 Steam release on hold for the time being,” the studio said this evening. “Our number one priority right now is crafting Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons with the high quality you expect and deserve.” You know Cantha is Anet’s highest priority because it said that part twice.

In the meantime, the company says it’s “full speed ahead on delivering an epic climax to The Icebrood Saga that lives up to (and we hope exceeds) previous Living World finales,” with the trailer dropping next week. There’s no new ETA for when Steam is happening, unfortunately.

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Jays

Aw, I was hoping to see an influx of new players. I’ve been playing the game (for the first time) for a month and half and am loving it. But older contents are pretty dead…

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Evasive Dice

I don’t blame them. The game and it’s staff is barely hanging on as it is. With the lay offs and lack of interest over the past 2 years. A delayed steam release “indefinite” seems reasonable. They don’t have the force to have a steam release and work on content at the same time.

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rk70534

As much as I dislike the huge role Steam has gotten in the game market, this can only be considered bad news.

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James Crow

its a smart move from them but the reason is 100% not what they saying.
launching it now could bring people who gonna try and leave, but launching it with the expansion gonna make those new players to buy it cuz why not? 3 expansion for one price.

sadly as a fan of GW1 (played it until GW2) i didnt like the second as i liked the first – still coming back for story content.

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Castagere Shaikura

LOL, I wonder if it being trashed in the steam forums has anything to do with it.

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Bruno Brito

Normally i would say probably not, but with the way how the official GW2 forums are moderated, it’s actually a reasonable reason lol

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Bryan Turner

You mean the elimination of Thoughtcrimes by the Ministry of Love?

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Karac_Avalron

That’s to bad I was going to revist the game via steam. Hope it gets cleared up soon.

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TomTurtle

Be it pesky server lag, avoiding dropping it with other big name launches, or their typical focus on an expansion above all else, whatever the reasons, I’d hope they can pull it off eventually because they really need all the positive attention they can get. ArenaNet can only subsist on GW2 while creating and subsequently dropping other projects for so long.

As much as I enjoy knowing they’re placing such emphasis on the next expansion, I can’t help but worry for the studio’s long-term future.

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Tee Parsley

Tried to get back into Guild Wars 2 after long hiatus. Radical changes galore. Felt uncomfortable. Took screenshots of old faves, then deleted the whole thing.

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DG

It’s great filler between games.

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Evasive Dice

Its really not. We’re already full to the brim of filler games. If your strictly talking mmorpgs, we have those galore for minimal fees or free all together. This is a statement by someone I’m responding to that hasn’t tried most of the market. It’s push or shove right now for games like gw2. Their getting shoved hard into maintenance mode.

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Bruno Brito

Which is a problem for GW2, because MMOs shouldn’t be fillers.

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Eamil

I’m surprised one affects the other.

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Bruno Brito

Great. The Steam launch was the only thing that was enough to convince my friends to play a MMO with me ( one that is not FF14 ), and now…welp.

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camren_rooke

Friends?

Uhm….what’s that like?

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Bruno Brito

It’s complicated

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Evasive Dice

Your friends want a middle software to boot up the actual software? What did you expect steam to be?. It’s purely a market awareness for their game. There is zero benefit in a steam release. Steam will only open the current guild wars 2 launcher. What friends are looking forward to an extra step in launching a game? Your friends are sad that they can’t open the guild wars 2 launcher via steam? Guild wars 2 big move to steam is only to bring more awareness it even exists to the market. There is zero benefit to their move when it comes to current players. Steam will only open the launcher we currently have now with guild wars 2. Any mmorpg that moves to steam is just a “listing” of the game for awareness.

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Bruno Brito

Your friends want a middle software to boot up the actual software?

Yes.

What did you expect steam to be?

Me? Nothing. I’m not dependent on Steam.

Them? I don’t know. Some of them just prefer to have everything linked through the platform.

It’s purely a market awareness for their game. There is zero benefit in a steam release.

O…kay?

Steam will only open the current guild wars 2 launcher. What friends are looking forward to an extra step in launching a game?

Mine are. Don’t ask me why, i don’t know either.

Your friends are sad that they can’t open the guild wars 2 launcher via steam?

My friends aren’t sad for anything GW2 related. I am the one trying to convince them to play it because it’s a good casual MMO to play in groups and it’s a good entry MMO. I also have no interest in playing FF14.

Guild wars 2 big move to steam is only to bring more awareness it even exists to the market. There is zero benefit to their move when it comes to current players.

Preaching to the priest here. I’m aware of what the Steam launch is.

Steam will only open the launcher we currently have now with guild wars 2. Any mmorpg that moves to steam is just a “listing” of the game for awareness.

Yes. I got it the last 3 times you mentioned.

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losludvig

Is is really that difficult to understand the want for having all of your games in one central repository?
When 95% of your games is through steam, that’s where you look if you don’t know what to play. A game not being there makes it less likely to be played