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New Blog Explores the Joy of Movement on Mounts

Posted by Suzie Ford on Aug 29, 2017  | Comments

New Blog Explores the Joy of Movement on Mounts - Guild Wars 2 - MMORPG.com

Mounts are one of the cornerstones of the next Guild Wars 2 expansion, Path of Fire. In a new blog post on the official site, Roy Cronacher, one of the mounts team members, spotlights how mounts aren't just a cosmetic speed boost, but are a "visceral, organic experience that feels like you're riding a real animal".

During the design process, the focus was on making the physics and animations feel as close to natural movement as possible. Each mount has its own unique aspects that "emphasize their anatomy" to provide them with natural movement throughout the game world.

In addition, mounts are supposed to be fun. To make that happen, players will find each mount has a unique "super" ability:

  • The vicious raptor leaps swiftly across great distances, making them useful for crossing large canyons. By holding down the hotkey, a leap will continue to its maximum distance. You can also release the hotkey early to drop out of the leap, which consumes less endurance.
  • The cute springer has an unrivaled ability to jump straight up into the sky. You can use it to jump over cliffs, walls, and other hard-to-reach locations. Hold down the hotkey to charge the jump; the longer you charge, the farther up you’ll go.
  • The floating skimmer hovers over water, terrain, and small obstacles. Its movement ability lifts it significantly higher, so it can cross dangerous areas, reach ledges, and avoid attacks. You can hold down the hotkey to remain in the lifted state as long as you have sufficient endurance.
  • The mysterious jackal is made of sand and can store up to three charges of a quick movement-speed blink, which dissipates its body and allows it to reappear a short distance ahead. It can also use special sand portals throughout the desert. You’ll maintain your momentum as you blink through the portals, creating interesting combinations for puzzles in the Crystal Desert.

Another amazing feature of GW2's mounts is the ability for players to participate in mounted combat. Players can decide whether or not to use your mount's attack abilities when in battle. Each mount has its own stats and health bar as well as a Mastery line that will unlock over time. These Masteries include improvements to movement and engagement "as well as some other goodies".

You'll definitely want to head to the Guild Wars 2 site to check up on further details.

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