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Designing the Soundscape of Heart of Thorns

Now several months beyond the launch of Heart of Thorns, the Guild Wars 2 team is shining a light on one of the more underappreciated arts of game development – sound design. To that end, we caught up with Jerry Schroeder and Drew Cady (Sound Designers each) to talk about the behind the scenes work of bringing the Maguuma Jungle and its denizens to life.

Heart of Thorns Review in Progress

I’ve spent probably 15 hours since Friday in ArenaNet’s first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns. In that time, I’ve had almost as much fun as I ever did in the game’s first months, but there’s also a hint of frustration as some systems seem a bit grindy at first glance. Today marks the first of several articles leading up to our final review, so read on for our initial thoughts.

Essential Tips and Advice for Heart of Thorns’ Launch

We’ve only had a couple hours so far with Guild Wars 2’s first expansion, Heart of Thorns. So while our review and first impressions will be forthcoming, we wanted to start off your long weekend of playing with a few helpful tips we’ve learned from our first few moments in the jungle. Be sure to add your own too!

Evaluating the Living Story

ArenaNet tried something different with its bi-weekly Living Story updates. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. With the current Living Story season just about ready to wrap up, let's take a look back at what went right and what went wrong – and how those might be addressed in the next installment.

The Looking For Group Tool Revealed

One of the features that increasingly is found in MMOs today is the LFG, or Looking for Group, tool. In an exclusive reveal, MMORPG.com has teamed up with ArenaNet to bring our readers the first information about the LFG that will be coming to Guild Wars 2 in the near future. Read on!

ArenaNet’s Master Plan for 2013

ArenaNet has set a terrific pace of development over the past few months. Now the time has come to reveal the "master plan" for the balance of the year. We have a terrific preview for you to read before heading to the comments to hash it out.

The State of PvP

ArenaNet has been making some pretty significant changes to PvP in Guild Wars 2 over the last couple of months. In our latest article, we take a look at the State of PvP in Guild Wars 2. Read on and then join the conversation in the comments.

Review in Progress Part 2

Check out our next installment of Guild Wars 2's Review in Progress. Bill Murphy continues his journey through Tyria and finds new zones to explore. Check out the ups and downs of his travels as Guild Wars 2 continues to impress.

Freedom of Choice in Tyria

During last weekend's closed beta event, we had all hands on deck for game play analysis. In our latest feature, we give some of our thoughts about what we saw, what we experienced and more. Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Crafting Preview

During this past weekend's Guild Wars 2 closed beta event, we spent some time learning some of the intricacies of the crafting system. We've got some thoughts to share about GW2 crafting that you won't want to miss. Did you try it? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Beta Weekend Expectations

As the first-ever beta weekend nears, we've got a few thoughts to share about what we're anticipating seeing during the Guild Wars 2 event. See what we've got in mind for our time in game and then let us know what you're looking forward to in the Guild Wars 2 beta weekend.

Ascalon Catacombs Dungeon Experience

During this past weekend's limited press closed beta, we had the chance to check out one of the dungeons players will have the opportunity to play through. Check out what we thought of the Ascalon Catacombs and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.

The Closed Beta Preview

ArenaNet and the Guild Wars 2 team are ready to let loose the hounds as coverage of this past weekend's limited closed beta event goes live! In our first feature, we give a general overview and our thoughts about Guild Wars 2 in a must-read editorial for all. Read on and then let us know what you think in the comments.

PAX 2011 – Dynamic Events and Guild Halls

Some of the biggest and most exciting stories PAX centered around the hotly-anticipated Guild Wars 2. MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh sat in on a panel discussion with Arena.Net developers to find out more about both dynamic events and guild halls. We've got some terrific nuggets of information to share so keep reading! Leave your thoughts in the comments!

ArenaNet Studio Tour

MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh attended a press open house day at ArenaNet earlier this week. One of the perks of that visit was a tour of the offices led by none other than ArenaNet's Founder and President Mike O'Brien. Carolyn's got a great report on what she saw and heard so keep reading!