The Daily Grind: What convinces you that an MMO ‘leak’ is the real deal?

Yeah, we're gonna talk about the Guild Wars 2 'leak'

    
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So let’s talk about the alleged Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons “leak” that’s been floating around Reddit the last few days. An anonymous leaker dumped a pile of information on Reddit from a supposed early test of parts of End of Dragons, which is meant to release at some point later this year. There are no screenshots and no video and no proof, just a recap of everything from the storyline and maps to new elite specs. And… I’m skeptical.

Some of what’s described is certainly plausible, but it would’ve been easy enough to mock up just based on basic knowledge of the Guild Wars franchise and Factions specifically. And given ArenaNet’s past experiences with leakers (who basically destroyed two expansion reveals), it’s slightly hard to believe it would be so careless a third time. Still, there are a few nuggets in there that struck me as the sort of thing ArenaNet would do. Also, while Reddit has mocked the elite specs, I think some of them sound really good, so in a weird way, I hope some of this is true? But I have a lot of doubts. I personally lean over into the “mostly false” category.

Do you buy any of it? What convinces you that a supposed MMO leak is the real deal?

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Axetwin .

I don’t believe leaks until the information either shows up in game, or is flat out confirmed ahead of time by the developer.

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styopa

Same here, considering this mostly-false but almost more interested in the meta context of “Is it really possible that they leaked…again?”

Obviously, if it’s true, they need more caulk at Anet.

Turing fail
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Turing fail

When it’s the topic of a Bree rant?

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EmberStar

MMOs leak? Isn’t that what duck tape is for?

Honestly, I don’t usually care about “leaked” news unless it’s on a subject directly related to safety or possible loss of life. IE, “Rogues will be deleted in the next patch!!!1!1! – meh, don’t care. “Government officials decided to solve food shortages and homelessness by converting homeless people into pies” – yeah, that’s probably important if it’s true.

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Schmidt.Capela

When it either comes from someone I place a high degree of trust in (a serious news outfit that properly checks their fonts, a leaker with with a long and perfect track record, etc) or else I can independently verify it.

Otherwise, no. Faking a leak is easy enough that I take leaks from new or unproven sources as mere conjecture.

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NeoWolf

When it launches and what was leaked is actually there, nothing else :)

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Bryan Correll

If the devs deny the accuracy of the leak in unusually specific ways.

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Ewan Cuthbertson

I’m stuck with this leak. On the one hand yes it could be true. I do believe we are getting 2 raids at least Urgoz and the Deep in Cantha. You can have Cantha without these super difficult areas. I do expect if they do raids that there will be strikes that teach raid mechanics you need to complete first. The problem I have is Tengu no mention in the leak I am at least 70% confident we will get a new race but it can’t do any previous story and the story only starts when you get to level 80. My other problem with the leak is the elite spec weapons I don’t believe Anet would again do current weapons.

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Danny Smith

When it sounds too mediocre to be a lie.

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Pandalulz

When the company makes an official announcement. There’s so much misinformation out there, I’ve kind of just given up on paying attention to any of it.