I’m back with an earlier-than-anticipated special edition of Flameseeker Chronicles
to share my impressions of the opening episode of Guild Wars 2
‘s fourth Living World season. I am blown away by ArenaNet
‘s commitment to the content cadence we’ve come to expect and am thoroughly impressed that the new season is upon us so swiftly after Path of Fire‘s
launch, and the direction in which the season seems to be travelling is very promising indeed. The content feels more dynamic than previous offerings, relying heavily on panoramic details, mechanically rich scenarios, and strong dialogue to give us a narrative that feels more alive than ever before.
In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll share with you the main story points of the episode and will discuss my highs and lows throughout. Please note that, although major spoilers will be hidden by tags where possible, this article is best enjoyed after you’ve played the content for yourself due to significant spoilers throughout.
The Guild Wars 2
story arc found in the Living World’s third season has contained more twists and surprises than even I had anticipated, and I feel that an in-depth recap of the season to date will help keep the meandering threads of lore fresh in our heads as we await the final episode of the season. Although I have an extensive back catalogue of episode deep dives
for those who want more detailed information, I felt the need to summarise the key events of the season in one place for simplicity’s sake, especially since that last episode will be upon us relatively soon if the usual ArenaNet content release cadence is anything to go by.
In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, you’ll find a complete summary of the Living World season so far, complete with links to more in-depth coverage of each episode for those who perhaps missed a little story along the way. Remember to log into the game to bank the current episode, Flashpoint, while it’s live to save the need for a gem purchase down the line.
Logging into your Guild Wars 2
account right now will grant you access to an absolute treat in the form of episode 2 of the Living World, named Rising Flames, which should provide you with an astounding amount of action for a singular episode update. My excitement levels were sent off the scale when the episode was announced during PAX West
due to the return to the original game’s hardcore volcanic island chain in the form of the new Ember Bay zone. And then I was allowed to jump right into the Fire Islands early and see for myself how hot the action is this past weekend to ensure I could fill you in on my thoughts when the content dropped.
In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’m going to share my first impressions of Season 3’s second installment, based on my experiences over the weekend’s preview time. I played through the best part of two chapters and tackled the new jumping puzzle while I was hopping around the islands. I’m going to keep the article intentionally light on the spoiler front since this episode is just launching today and I want you to enjoy it for yourselves, but please don’t read on unless you’ve completed the first episode and are up to date with the story so far if you’re worried about spoilers. Anything that I feel could be too revealing will be placed behind our special spoiler tags for your reading convenience.
If I’ve read the words “content drought” under your name in the comments section recently, you will be as delighted as I am to note that Guild Wars 2‘s dynamic story will finally be evolving on July 26
. The opening episode of Guild Wars 2
‘s Living World’s third season, dubbed Out of the Shadows, has been long-awaited by eager lore nuts and promises to drench us in deeper, more detailed story than we’ve ever been given before. Although it’s not the only content that’s part of the July Update (which I hear will have a cooler name than that on launch due to the story drop) I can’t help but get excited for what’s to come, especially after writing an article on how the content drought has caused widespread apathy in the community
a mere two weeks ago. The MMO gods are smiling upon me and my wishes have come true; I deeply suspected that Season Three would kick off this month but was quickly losing hope as the old perpetual calendar rolled us ever closer to August.
In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll share some of my Season Three predictions with you to help you rebuild the hype while we wait for the end of the month. Please be aware that spoilers lie ahead if you have not yet finished Season Two or the Heart of Thorns storylines, so get up to date before reading on if you’re worried.