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Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is the sequel to ArenaNet’s flagship title, Guild Wars.  GW2 aims to fix a lot of what’s “wrong” in the MMO world. With reworked combat mechanics, a focus on Dynamic Events, voiced quest dialog, several new professions, fan-favorite races, and the massive open world of Tyria, Guild Wars 2 is far more epic in scope than the original… while still retaining the F2P business model.  The reliance on a holy trinity of class-roles is gone too, with every profession in GW2 being able to take on several roles, including that of a healer.  On top of it all, there are also several unique forms of PvP for the competitive gamer: from match-made contests that any gamer will be familiar with to massive World vs. World vs. World wars that pitch entire servers against one another.  ArenaNet hopes there is something for everyone in Guild Wars 2.


FEATURES

  • Dynamic Events | Aimed at making questing more interesting than killing ten rats, Dynamic Events are area-wide quests that scale based on the amount of people participating and can set in motion a chain reaction that spans an entire zone.  Players will always have something new and exciting to do when they log in, from stopping a band of invading centaurs, to hunting down a massive ice wyrm with the Norns.
  • Unique Combat Mechanics | Each profession has both weapons and spells to use, and each weapon has its own skills as well.  Players will be able to blend their skills to create powerful interactions (fire arrows throw a wall of fire to create flaming arrows), and every class is capable of being a healer, ensuring that you’re never waiting around for a “priest” to complete content.
  • Personal Story | At character creation, players will set up their personal biography for their hero, which will inform their entire story throughout the scope of GW2, maximizing replay value and ensuring that your character feels like a character, and not just an avatar with shiny armor.
  • WvWvW PVP | A part of the Endgame, we don’t know much about WvWvW PVP yet, other than the fact that it will allow hundreds of players from three different servers to compete against one another in a massive battle with siege weapons and destructible environments for some pretty extreme server-wide bonuses that are bestowed upon the winner.
  • Free to Play | Guild Wars 2 will continue the tradition of its forebear by being completely free beyond the retail purchase of the game.  There will be an Item Shop in the game, but ArenaNet insists that it will only be for cosmetic and convenience items, never for anything that would give one player a competitive edge.

PROFESSIONS

  • Warrior | Your sword and board master, the Warrior prefers to be in the thick of battle.
  • Ranger | The ranged specialist capable of splitting an ant in two from three hundred yards away.
  • Necromancer | Master of the undead and dark arts, you do not want to tick the Necromancer off.
  • Elementalist | The magical architect of fire, air, earth, and water.  Basically, a raging pyro with a few other tricks as well.  But come on… fire.
  • Guardian | This profession is hell-bent on protecting his mates, and he does it through causing pain to his enemies as well as warding his allies.
  • Thief | Fancy yourself a spry little pickpocket? Or do you just want to get all stabby on someone? This may be the class for you.
  • Engineer | Guns, traps, bombs… more guns. The engineer is all about the mechanics (literally) of battle.
  • Mesmer | A fan favorite, the Mesmer’s skills involve the manipulation and destruction of its enemies’ minds.  He will make you think you’re on fire while you fight mirror images of him and watch him teleport across the battlefield in the blink of an eye.

RACES

  • Asura | Little, genius, and damned cute, the Asura are technological marvels with an passion for technology.
  • Charr | Primal, tribal, and obsessed with warring as a part of their main existence, the Charr are new allies to the people of Tyria… but ferocious ones at that.
  • Norn | These massive 9-foot tall Northerners value the spirits of nature more than anything else.
  • Sylvari | The Sylvari are a young botanical plant-like race, whose inquisitive nature has brought them to the forefront of the conflict in Tyria.
  • Human | The most widespread and influential race in Tyria, the Humans must work with all of the other races to ensure the safety and survival of Tyria.

 

New PvP Map, The Eternal Coliseum, Revealed

New PvP Map, The Eternal Coliseum, Revealed - Guild Wars 2 News

In a new trailer, ArenaNet takes the wraps off the new Guild Wars 2 PvP map called the Eternal Coliseum. The conquest map arrived with Guild Wars 2 with Living World Season 3 Episode 2. Check it out!

Posted Sep 21, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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Legendary Weapons Guide Lands on Official Site

Legendary Weapons Guide Lands on Official Site - Guild Wars 2 News

With today's Guild Wars 2 update, a new legendary weapon arrived along with it. In a new developer post by Matt Pennebaker and Mike O'Brien discuss the new method of obtaining a legendary weapon that may be, according to them, a bit short on lore, but also a lot less complicated.

Posted Sep 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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Living World Season 3 Episode 2 Released

Living World Season 3 Episode 2 Released - Guild Wars 2 News

Guild Wars 2 has been updated with today's release of Living World Season 3 Episode 2 "Rising Flames". In it, players take to the Ring of Fire, a legendary location in Tyria's lore and history straight out of Guild Wars. In addition, a new PvP map called Eternal Coliseum has been added with players fighting to gain the favor of attendees similar to gladiatorial arenas in ancient Rome.

Posted Sep 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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Playing Through the Rising Flames Update

Playing Through the Rising Flames Update - Guild Wars 2 News

Rising Flames just may be a turning point for Guild Wars 2 in the post Heart of Thorns Tyria. There's no mistaking that the expansion was divisive, despite being initially well-received by players, due to how content and its replayability ended up. In the months since launch, the way content in Maguuma is handled has been overhauled drastically, and the first episode of Season 3's Living World was well-received for its new (but small map) and bombshells with the story.

Posted Sep 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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World Championship Broadcast On Twitch Today

World Championship Broadcast On Twitch Today - Guild Wars 2 News

ArenaNet has announced that the Guild Wars 2 World Championship will take place today, Saturday September 17th, beginning at 10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern. The event will take place in GW2 Twitch channel with teams vying for a portion of $200k prize pool. The Tournament will also be broadcast in French and German.

Posted Sep 17, 2016 by Catherine Daro
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Get a Look at the Creation of Ember Bay

Get a Look at the Creation of Ember Bay - Guild Wars 2 News

ArenaNet has released a behind the scenes video from Guild Wars 2 and the creation of Ember Bay. The location is part of Living Worlds Season 3 Rising Flames episode. Rising Flames will be released in Guild Wars 2 on September 20th.

Posted Sep 15, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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Living World Episode 2 'Rising Flames' Trailer Arrives

Living World Episode 2 'Rising Flames' Trailer Arrives - Guild Wars 2 News

ArenaNet and the Guild Wars 2 team have released a new teaser trailer for Living World Episode 2 "Rising Flames" that heralds the arrival of the next chapter in Tyria's story. Rising Flames is set to go live on Tuesday, September 20th.

Posted Sep 13, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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Episode 2 Drops September 20th, Takes Us Back to the Ring of Fire

Episode 2 Drops September 20th, Takes Us Back to the Ring of Fire - Guild Wars 2 News

During PAX West 2016, our first appointment of the show was with none other than ArenaNet for Guild Wars 2's new Living World Episode. We saw none other than Nellie Hughes (renowned for her work on City of Heroes once upon a moon), and Elisabeth Claire to chat about the new episode and how players will be making their return to a zone we haven't seen since the Prophecies Campaign of Guild Wars 1.

Posted Sep 06, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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Servers Taken Down to Roll Back to Pre-Update Status

Servers Taken Down to Roll Back to Pre-Update Status - Guild Wars 2 News

If you haven't played Guild Wars 2 today and aren't planning to log in until tonight, you won't notice anything different. However, those who played in the hours just after the latest GW2 udpate went live will have any progress gained during their game session rolled back after a seriuos bug without any solution presented itself.

Posted Aug 23, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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The Latest NCSoft Financial Report Paints a Sad Picture for GW2 Sales

The Latest NCSoft Financial Report Paints a Sad Picture for GW2 Sales - Guild Wars 2 News

The Q2 2016 NCSoft financials were released a couple weeks ago, covering the period from April to June, and they weren't pretty for Guild Wars 2. In fact, as far as the game goes, they're pretty lousy - if you consider $4.75 million per month lousy.

Posted Aug 22, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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