Announced via press release, Guild Wars 2 is set to receive the newest collection of episodic content, dubbed The Icebrood Saga.
New locations, conflicts, and story are arriving on September 17 with the release of a prologue called, Bound by Blood. The entire saga, including the prologue, will be free for players who own Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire. Episode One of the new saga will release this autumn.
Additionally, the first Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns will be free for all players who own or purchase Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, beginning today. The press release describes The Icebrood Saga as,
“...the beginning of a new adventure in Guild Wars 2’s storyline. It is a time of tentative celebration for all the races of Tyria in the wake of the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik’s heroic defeat by the members of Dragon’s Watch. But whispers from the Northern Shiverpeaks tell tales of ancient forces stirring from their slumber. While the Sons of Svanir—a renegade cult of norn who have turned away from worshipping the Spirits of the Wild—devote themselves to the elder ice dragon Jormag, stories of the dragon’s strength and virtues begin to spread alongside its corrupting influence.“
New features include Strike Missions, which are 10-man encounters, new boss creatures, and new Masteries. Check out the trailer below.