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Guild Wars 2 News - Winter Update Glides into Live Service

Posted by Suzie Ford on Jan 25, 2016  | Comments

ArenaNet has announced that the Winter 2016 update has been deployed across Guild Wars 2 servers. The update is packed with a ton of new content and improved features. Most notably, players who have earned gliding in the Heart of Thorns expansion will be able to take to the skies across Central Tyria as well.

In addition, the first 2016 update will feature:

  • The Shatterer is building a new army and ArenaNet will be providing players with an improved and much more challenging fight. Players can also look forward to a brand new achievement category specific to Shatterer, a better reward chest, more experience earned and a unique back-slot item.
  • Fractal of the Mists - The LFG tool is being reworked a bit to make it easier to find other players by expanding the range to queue for "higher scales". The hub is also receiving attention to make it simpler to adjust the difficulty scale of a fractal and the fractal achievement UI will be the default display when inside the hub.
  • Support roles are being given higher experience gains for events to equal that of DPS players. Applying boons, removing conditions, reviving others, healing, etc. will generate bonus contribution to scale up the rewards given.
  • Squad markers are being added and the squad UI is also being upgraded to allow promotion of lieutenants. These secondary commanders will be able to handle administrative tasks by permission of Commanders. Squad leaders will also be able to mark locations (enemies and players) by marking them on the game and compass maps.
  • Several objective upgrade levels will be changed to occur "after having delivered or received a certain number of dolyak caravans rather than being timer driven". In addition, players will receive one point of war score for the team for killing players, allowing those who focus primarily on this to contribute to the team's success.
  • New Mist Champion - Tybalt Leftpaw will be unlocked by finishing his reward track in PvP. He can then be used in Strongholds.
  • Eldvin Monastery Brew of the Month Club - Brew will arrive in the mail each month with a brewer's backpack skin after collecting all twelve.
  • New World and Raid Boss Guild decorations are being added
  • More controls with new key bindings for action camera, snap ground targeting and autotargeting.
  • Major balance update - changes will be coming to traits, professions, specializations, and skills, to name a few.

Check out the teaser trailer below before heading to the Guild Wars 2 site.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom