[Preview] Guild Wars 2

Platform: PC
Developer: ArenaNet
Publisher: NCSoft
Engine: Unknown
Gameplay Modes: Multiplayer
Website: guildwars2.com

Over 4 years have passed since Guild Wars changed the MMO world forever. It looks like ArenaNet were the geniuses behind Diablo(ArenaNet are ex Blizzard North members, remember?) because i found Guild Wars to be much better than WoW. ArenaNet just took everything that made RPG’s what they are today and mixed it with everything good about MMO’s. The gameplay mechanics were simple, but hell of a fun. Great story, single player and multiplayer missions and of course – an amazing PvP system. You could play Guild Wars both as a multiplayer RPG or as an arena MMO. The game turned into an immediate hit. Eventually the inevitable two expansions were released – Factions and Nightfall. Each of them added a new continent to explore, a new storyline and two new classes(Factions – Assassin and Ritualist and Nightfall – Dervish and Paragon) and were stand alone(you don’t need the previous game to play). Then came a third expansion – Eye Of The North that increased the dungeon crawl element and so – Guild Wars was complete.

Of course, ArenaNet could just play it safe and keep releasing expansions for extra money. But they did what any talented developer, that loves his game does – took the best parts of it, the things that made it unique, added a ton new features and so viola – we have Guild Wars 2.

The most frequent question related to Guild Wars 2 was – will it have monthly fees(the first game didn’t have). The fans were happy to know that, just like the first Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2 will require you to buy(standard price) it and play it free forever.  I mentioned that Guild Wars 2 takes the best off Guild Wars. ArenaNet have decided to keep everything that made the game unique – the anti-grind design, the instanced gameplay and the strong competitive gameplay. The first new thing old fans will notice about Guild Wars 2 is that, unlike the first game, it has several races. The races are four and you’ve seen them in the original Guild Wars, as non-playable:

  • Charr – Ascalon’s conquerors, the charr are ferocious, warmongering creatures–the intractable foes of humanity. Now, as greater dangers threaten their conquests, charr legions and their war machines prepare for battle.
  • Norn – The norn are towering brawlers from the frigid northern lands who can shape-shift into mighty bestial forms. Driven from their homeland by a force beyond reckoning, the norn have regrouped among the dwarven ruins of the Shiverpeaks.
  • Asura – The asura, who once ruled the caverns and tunnels below Tyria, are an advanced race of small size and great intellect. Now that they have risen from below, the asura aim to rule the surface world with their powerful golems and ingenious plans.
  • Sylvari – Not much is known of the sylvari, save that they are a race of sentient plant-beings, newly blossomed into the world. The sylvari are the youngest of the races, bound together by a common dream and awesome power.
  • (descriptions taken from the official website)

    Just like the first game, ArenaNet want to avoid the grind based gameplay that accompanies most MMO’s(especially the Korean ones), but a level cap hasn’t been announced yet(the level cap in the original Guild Wars was 20). ArenaNet also want to allow you to play with your friends, even if you are a much higher/lower level than them by implementing a sidekick system like the one in City Of Heroes. Guild Wars 2 will also offer you to play it entirely solo. The fate of the henchman, the non-player companions from Guild Wars 1 is still unknown. Another question comes to mind – will i be able to play with my original character’s in Guild Wars 2. The answer is both yes and no. No – you won’t be able to use your characters directly, but you will be able to showcase their trophies, titles and achievements in Guild Wars 2 from the original Guild Wars. This will happen in the monument of heroes, which will also offer unique rewards depending on your accomplishments in the original game. Your names from Guild Wars 1 will also be reserved for the game(hurray, i will be able to use my “Badger Slayer” again).

    In terms of timeline and story Guild Wars 2 will take place 250 years after the original game. That means – new technology will be introduced as well. The trailer demonstrated Charr using guns, which i find disturbing. ArenaNet are promising us that you will be able to use firearms in Guild Wars 2, but they will be well balanced. Ok, i sure hope so. We also saw an aquatic scene in the trailer – you’ll be able to explore underwater.

    When it comes down to the world of Guild Wars 2 – the original continents are rumored to be still present(Tyria will be in the game 100%), but lots of new territories will be introduced. In terms of story Guild Wars 2 evolves around Zhaitan, a new threat that arises. Zhaitan will be the main antagonist in Guild Wars 2. He is a dragon that threatens to destroy the world and so all the races are forced to unite against this new evil. Dragons will play a much bigger role in Guild Wars 2, according to ArenaNet. The whole plot of the game will be evolving around the awakening of the dragons. When asked “Why are they awakening now, 250 years later?”, ArenaNet said “The didn’t all awake at once, in those 250 years they all eventually appeared – but why did they awake? We won’t tell you! But be sure in one thing – they’re hungry!”.

    Guild Wars 2 will also answer alot of question that were raised from the previous games – like the fate of the Mursaat, the Kerrsh quests,  the story of the human race and much more.

    This is pretty much all that’s known about Guild Wars 2 right now. The game is definitely shaping up to be good and successful. You can check out the Wikia of the game(http://wiki.guildwars.com), the official wiki(http://wiki.guildwars.com) or the official site of the game(http://guildwars2.com). One thing is for sure – i’m definitely getting the game. And it looks like i’m not the only one. See you in game! 🙂


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    1. Since I’m gonna be shelling out for DSL as soon as I get a raise (knowing the payrolls several weeks in advance rules), this will be swallowing my soul and I’ll be kicking ass and taking names. I miss my MMO days…

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