Guild Wars 2’s ‘Power’ chapter lands January 19 – here’s the new trailer!

    
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Guild Wars 2’s ‘Power’ chapter lands January 19 – here’s the new trailer!
Prepare to feel the Power, Guild Wars 2 players: The next chunk of the Icebrood Saga is dropping next week. And yes, it’s called Power as ArenaNet teased over the holidays. For those of you not keeping track at home, this’ll be the second chapter of the five-part episode five Saga finale. The studio is promising new Dragon Response Missions, faction recruits, and weaponry.

“Fire and furious apocalypse arrive in Tyria, threatening to tear the land apart, and the Commander’s tenuous alliance with the icy whispers of Jormag will be tested like never before.

Four new Dragon Response Missions will be available in Thunderhead Peaks, Fields of Ruin, Lake Doric, and Snowden Drifts as the threat from the Elder Dragon of Fire and Conflagration grows more acute, with optional challenge modifiers to ramp up difficulty and lead to greater loot again available to the brave and skilled.

Faction recruitment also makes a return, with two new groups of allies joining the fray to stop Tyria unraveling beneath the shadows of Primordus and Jormag. The first will be available at release, with the second arriving a few weeks later alongside a new craft-able second tier of the Dragonslayer weapons from Chapter 1. A new faction-specific longbow and infusion each round out the rewards players can chase in this release.”

The rollout begins January 19th; the new trailer is down below. Oh, and if you’re already wondering about the next leg? As planned, it’s coming in March – and it’s called Balance.

Source: Press release

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treehuggerhannah

Looks good to me. Seems like a pretty reasonable amount of content with the current team size and an expansion in the works. I’m sure this will be fun.

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Matthäus Wey

Man, reusing old maps with a few asstets from different updates just doesn’t excite me anymore. :/ Seems like another quick login so I can play through all the updates in about 5 hours once everything is released.

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SmiteDoctor

Yet another pruned down release with no Zone.

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7BitBrian

We knew this months ago. How is it pruned down if it was literally announced in this manner months in advance?

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SmiteDoctor

Because it’s a fact, they are skimping on their releases, regardless of whether they said they were doing it or not ANet is regressing as a company.

That said their Gem Store content has always been consistent.

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Greaterdivinity

They’re in production on an expansion. Usually support for live-service games goes down while they pull a bunch of the team off to work on an expansion, dude.

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SmiteDoctor

As I mentioned to Bruno that was not the case during LWS3, no one would have known about Path of Fire unless some one hadn’t leaked it on Reddit; still proud of that Massively Scoop to this day.

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Greaterdivinity

This is not the same company that it was when they were working on PoF and LWS3, they have lost a lot of staff since then including leadership.

With a reduced team size, it’s absolutely easily understood.

Remember that time that the game had what, almost a full year between the final HoT update (Jan 2015) and PoF launching (Oct 2015)? This is hardly unprecedented to see a reduction in the scope of updates or the end of updates while they work on an expansion.

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SmiteDoctor

Frankly I don’t care, you either deliver or you don’t get my financial support. I remember that time prior to HoT, then they got their crap together for a 2 or 3 years, now they suck again.

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Greaterdivinity

Then don’t spend any money until the next expansion comes out. It’s not like you have to spend money on anything right now anyways.

“now they suck again”

Well, they’ve lost a lot of senior staff and a lot of colleagues. It’s a smaller studio working with fewer resources. Sorry they’re not catering to your needs? This is why developers don’t want to engage with folks, shit like this right here dude.

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SmiteDoctor

All I’m saying is if they are skimping out on content then that Cantha expansion better be dense, like at least half the size content wise of the original game. As much as I enjoyed HoT (after the Nerfs), and PoF, they were no where near dense enough in content to justify being considered an expansion by normal MMO standards; there was significantly more story content in WoW Expansions and ESO Chapters where I clocked in hundreds of hours of game play. I was done with PoF in 2 weeks, took me a week to leisurely go through the story and the 5 zones, and another week to get my Gryphon.

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Greaterdivinity

Probably won’t be, dude. Again, this isn’t the ArenaNet of 2012 or 2015 or 2017, this is an ArenaNet with fewer staff and resources as time has gone on and projects have been canceled and revenue from GW2 remains on the lower end of things.

And if you didn’t consider HoT/PoF “expansion-worthy”, despite both adding additional classes/professions, new systems (gliding/masteries, mounts etc.) a bunch of new zones (including the HoT zones which are DENSE AS HELL even after the nerf) and more like fractals, raids etc…what do you want? No expansion is ever as big as the base game released. Ever. Not even WoW or FFXIV or ESO, the biggest MMO’s on the market.

And GW2 delivers its narrative in a more compact manner than other games that piecemeal it out through hundreds of kill/fetch quests, so that shouldn’t be new either. Two weeks to clear the main story content? That’s solid, dude. Because the game isn’t just about the main story content, but the endgame grinds as every MMO pretty much is.

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SmiteDoctor

Eye of the North managed it.

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SmiteDoctor

Even Woodenpotatoes isn’t feeling very enthusiastic about these latest releases.

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Bruno Brito

The xpac will take people off the episodic updates, that’s normal.

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SmiteDoctor

That wasn’t the case for LWS3 and Path of Fire, Wooden Potatoes mentions this at least once a video these days; he refers to it as the Golden Age of GW2 (when ever he bothers making a GW2 video that is).

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jealouspirate

Did they add voice acting to the previous episodes yet? I’ve been waiting to do them.

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7BitBrian

That was added in the last release.

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Ewan Cuthbertson

Its 4 parts also the updated timeline is really ambitious chapter 3 in March the chapter 4 in late April