Category: Guild Wars 2 Official

Join Us on August 1 for the Guild Wars 2 Expansion Announcement

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You’ve seen where one path ends, and it’s nearly time to learn where the Guild Wars 2 story will take you next. On Tuesday, August 1, tune in for a special livestream event at guildwars2.com/expansion as we announce the details of our second expansion!

Tune in at 8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7) on the official site at guildwars2.com/expansion and watch the 50-minute preshow, hosted by our Guild Wars 2 partners! The announcement will begin at approximately 9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7).

Program

Twitch:
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7): Preshow with OMGlitzy
YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook:
8:50 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7): 10-Minute Countdown
9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7): Guild Wars 2 Expansion Announcement
Twitch:
9:30 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7): Postshow with Wooden Potatoes

We’ll celebrate with giveaways during the stream. Be sure to subscribe to our events on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch to be notified when the streams go live.

We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you, and we hope to see you on August 1!

A Message from the Game Director

Hi, all,

The release of “One Path Ends” concludes a full year of live updates and a full season of Living World. As we wrap up the season, I want to take a moment to celebrate the journey we’ve been on together this year.

Guild Wars 2‘s content model is all about exciting events happening in the world, so from the beginning we wanted our live updates to mirror that. But how? In Season 1, we went for the literal version, constantly shipping changes to the existing world. We did it at a breakneck pace, and we developed the tech and processes required to do so, which have benefited us ever since. But we regretted that frequency sometimes won over quality, that it sometimes felt like a race for players to keep up, and that constantly changing the existing world meant that old content couldn’t be replayed. Since then, we restructured Living World to keep the aspects we loved but without those downsides.

I think with Season 3 we’ve hit a really good balance. We’re shipping meatier episodes, with deeper stories and new open-world zones to explore. The new zones are each a slice in time, so we get to put world-changing events in the open world, without having to destroy old content to release new content in its place. Finally, we’ve used the 2-to-3-month release cadence to elevate the quality of everything we do. I think and hope that this year’s releases have been the best work we’ve ever done.

This year we also took a different approach with PvP and WvW releases. In PvE, we make fresh new content with the goal of surprising and delighting you with our work, but in competitive modes, the community owns the game modes and chooses what we work on, and we definitely shouldn’t be surprising you with where we take those game modes. Instead our goal this year was to develop more incrementally, test with the community on the live side, and take feedback every step of the way.

At the start of this season, I said to the community that I wanted to delight you with what we’d ship, not with what we’d promise. It’s a game, after all, and I think the most memorable moments for a game should be moments of playing the game—not moments of reading about it. There’s also a deeper connection to how we develop. We’ve always been good at shipping things, but with our renewed focus on quality above everything, we’ve had to get better at not shipping things. We now develop new content and features with a default assumption that they won’t ship, and then if they turn out great, we proactively decide to ship them.

Sometimes in the past, we’ve had to put a lot of effort into paying off old promises, which is important but can mean looking backward instead of looking forward. But I think we’re finishing this year in a good position. We have a clear path forward. And we’re building on a solid foundation, with a game that doesn’t need reinvention but mostly needs a steady stream of great content, so we can focus on delivering great content.

As Game Director, it’s been my job to represent you—our players—making sure we put you in the center of every decision we make, and making sure we reinvent ourselves when we need to for your benefit, or push ourselves further when we need to. When you think about it that way, it’s really not much different from the job of a studio head. I’ve loved acting as your GD, and I’m not going anywhere, but I know that eventually my other responsibilities will require more of my time, so I’m going to introduce you to someone else that I know will put players first: Mike Zadorojny, also known as Z, the lead designer of the second expansion. You’ll see a lot of him in the lead-up to the expansion release, and then he’ll join the Live side too, and I expect he’ll eventually take these reins. Z has been working on Guild Wars® for over a decade and on Guild Wars 2 since the beginning, and he loves the game as much as anyone in the world. He’ll do you proud.

And now, here we are at the start of a crazy week, shipping the season finale and leading into the announcement of the new expansion. You know our goal has been to do it all with no breaks in content delivery. It’s an ambitious goal we set for ourselves at the start of this season and at the start of expansion development. It requires us not only to essentially ship two products at the same time, but also to time them perfectly, so the story of one flows right into the setup of the next. Honestly, it’s crazy. But we have great, experienced teams working on both Live content and the second expansion, and I think we’re about to pull it off.

So wish us luck, enjoy the season finale, and I’ll see you again next week for the big unveiling!

Mo

July 2017 Community Showcase

Welcome to the community showcase, where we celebrate our favorite projects, activities, and other fan works created by Guild Wars 2 players. Read on to check out some of the amazing fan works on display in the Community Showcase Live livestream, and tune in monthly on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel for even more player contributions!

Ayarati explores the mystery of the largos in this compelling digital painting.

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Robynn drew this lovely couple’s portrait as a commission for a player and her boyfriend.

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Bremychan created an awesome box featuring the legendary greatswords Sunrise and Twilight. Will it keep its contents safe for an eternity?

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This impressive cover of “The Lost City of Tarir” features Rentlle skillfully playing all four parts of the arrangement!

We love seeing fans’ works of art, creativity, and community organization from around the world. Keep up the excellent work! Hungry for more Guild Wars 2 fan projects? Ready to show off your own? Head to the official Guild Wars 2 Tumblr and read up on the submission guidelines! You can submit your works via the Guild Wars 2 Tumblr, by tweeting @GuildWars2, or in a post on the official Community Creations subforum.

Check out the recording below to see all the fan works in this month’s episode of Community Showcase Live!

Scheduled Server Maintenance: July 28, 2017

Last Post: Jul 26, 2017 22:03

We will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Friday, July 28, 2017, from 12:01 AM Pacific Time until approximately 12:15 AM Pacific Time. During this 15-minute period, players may have difficulty logging in to the game or transferring between worlds. In addition, EU players may not be able to create a new account or access the Gem Store during this timeframe.

Fractal Nightmare Chest Disabled

Last Post: Jul 25, 2017 18:30

We’ve temporarily disabled a fractal chest while we correct its contents. You will be able to activate the chest in your inventory once it has been updated.

“One Path Ends” is Live

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The final episode of Living World Season 3, “One Path Ends,” is now live! You can visit the release page for more details and read the complete release notes on our forums.

On Friday, July 28 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7), join members of the Guild Wars 2 development team as they play through the episode on Twitch and YouTube!

As you play this release, consider adding information you find to the official wiki for the benefit of the Guild Wars 2 community! You can find information about how to edit an article or generally contribute to the wiki on this page.

Space Out in the Mistlock Sanctuary and Collect the Abaddon Weapon Set!

A few sylvari wandered through here recently, talking about cleansing Orr as though the place is a little fixer-upper and not a slimy, rotting monument to arrogance. Humans used to have a problem with laying waste to their own civilizations when the charr legions attacked, didn’t they? If only some kind of supernatural entity had been willing to intervene on their behalf.

  • Mistlock Sanctuary Passkey

    Teleport directly to your home away from home in the chaotic void. You’ll have convenient access to vendors, crafting stations, banking, and a portal to the Fractals of the Mists. Just watch your step—the gravity’s a little tricky.

  • Abaddon Weapon Set

    It might be in poor taste to offer these, but if the human gods are acting up, all bets are off. Trade Black Lion Claim Tickets to your local Black Lion Weapons Specialist, and collect the entire skin-crawling, arguably blasphemous set.

  • Black Lion Chest Update

    I’ve shaken things up in the chests again, so be sure to take a look inside. You could be the proud owner of the Feathers of the Zephyr Package, Advanced Cloth Rack, Advanced Leather Rack, Dwayna’s Messenger, and more. You’re also guaranteed to find a Black Lion Material Bag* in every chest.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

*Contains materials. Small parts may be unsuitable for children.

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of July 24

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of July 24

Tuesday, July 25

Bog Otter Plays the Living World Season 3 Finale (by Bog Otter) (English)
9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Watch Bog Otter play the Living World Season 3 finale.

Episode 6 Peachy Party! (by Aurora Peachy) (English)
11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Speculation, lore discussion, and general hype with Aurora Peachy’s friendly community! Let’s explore the finale of Living World Season 3.

Wednesday, July 26

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Thalbachin)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Thalbachin will be working on a new charr artwork for this stream. Check it out and get inspired! You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Friday, July 28

The Developer Show: Let’s Play Episode 6 (by ArenaNet) (English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
ArenaNet developers will tackle the grand finale of Season 3. Follow them to the path’s end!

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.
Thank you for watching!

Scheduled Server Maintenance: July 19, 2017

Last Post: Jul 18, 2017 22:29

We will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 12:01 AM Pacific Time until approximately 12:15 AM Pacific Time. During this 15-minute period, players may have difficulty logging in to the game or transferring between worlds. In addition, EU players may not be able to create a new account or access the Gem Store during this timeframe.

The Black Lion Hunters Board is Now Available!

Take it from me—a trickle of steady income is more useful than you’d think. You could turn every skritt you meet upside-down and shake them, but it’s far more efficient to invest in dedicated employees who can do the hard work of seeking profits for you. Just make sure you can safely cut them loose if they become a liability.

  • Black Lion Hunters Board

    Assign your favorite material to our Black Lion hunters, and they’ll work all night to gather it for you. Then, just wait for your shipment to arrive in the mail the following day. Simple as that.

  • Keep an Eye on Our Sales!

    Throughout the next week I’ll be knocking 20% off the price of the Glittering Wings Backpack, Fire Quiver Backpack, and Home Instance Nodes Pack, so be sure to check back. This is also the last week to get your Shadow weapon set from the Black Lion Weapons Specialist before I put them back into storage.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

Community Showcase Live: July 2017

Join host Gaile Gray and her developer guest for the next episode of Community Showcase Live on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch and YouTube channels! They’ll showcase artwork, fan projects, videos, and crafts, all created by the amazingly talented Guild Wars 2 community.

Community Showcase Live will air on Wednesday, July 19 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7).

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of July 17

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of July 17

Wednesday, July 19

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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Community Showcase Live (by ArenaNet)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Gaile Gray presents community creations. Feeling inspired? Want a chance to be featured on the show yourself? Hop on over to Tumblr and submit your work.

Friday, July 21

Northern Shiverpeaks – World vs World (by JoinJess)(English)
11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Jess picks up the banner of the Northern Shiverpeaks. Are you willing to heed the call and join her?

Sunday, July 23 – The Sunday Class Stream

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Join us for the second edition of our monthly creative workshop! Our guests will share tips and answer your questions while demonstrating specific art techniques. Don’t be afraid to get technical!

Character Design (by Vasburg) (English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time ( UTC-7)
Vasburg will walk you through the basics of character design.

Portraits (by VooDoo_Val) (English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Val will be focusing on portraits in this livestream.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.
Thank you for watching!

The Dynamics Exo-Suit Appearance Pack Is Available in the Gem Store!

When I commissioned work from a newly incorporated asuran krewe straight out of the College of Dynamics, they insisted I’d get the best results if I let their imaginations run wild. I was expecting a novelty gag product, like an endless potion of light-green bubbles or a slide whistle only skritt can hear. Instead, they came back with…these. I’ll admit, I’m impressed—and relatively certain they’re safe to wear.

  • Dynamics Exo-Suit Outfit

    You say you’ve got no idea what a diffractive thermotransmitter does? Put on this sleek, full-body suit and you’ll look like you do.

  • Dynamics Exo-Suit Glider Backpack Combo

    This ultralight holographic glider comes with an understated backpack for easy transport. Save gems by buying the full Dynamics Exo-Suit Appearance Pack—you’ll get the glider, the backpack, the Dynamics Exo-Suit Outfit, and a Total Makeover Kit for one price.

  • Returning Items and Deals

    The Black Lion Weapons Specialists are stocking the Shadow weapon set, and the Scruffy Backpack is 30% off for a limited time. By the way, I’ve done some major renovations, so be sure to take a good look around.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

Take a Look at Improvements to the Gem Store

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When you visit the Black Lion Trading Company today, you’ll notice something new—we’ve updated the Gem Store to make it easier and faster to find and purchase the items you want. Here are the changes we’ve made:

  • Faster interface, for a smooth and speedy experience.
  • Enhanced search function, making it easier to locate the bar and search within categories.
  • Improved categories and sorting—we’ve reorganized our shelves! Items will appear in more than one category if applicable, so you won’t have to guess. We’ve also added special event categories to help you find all the items related to ongoing festivals.
  • Expanded preview options! Now you can preview gliders, weapons, finishers, mail carriers, and miniatures before you buy them.
  • Better package information, to let you individually examine the items bundled into most packs.

Jump in game and check it out! You can leave your thoughts and feedback on the Gem Store update in this thread on the official Guild Wars 2 forums.

Celebrating One Year of the Guild Wars 2 Art Show

It’s been over a year of great fan art from the skilled streamers on the weekly Guild Wars 2 Art Show, and to celebrate, we’d like to let some of the artists introduce themselves in their own words. Be sure to check out their websites and portfolios for more examples of their work, and watch the recordings of their streams for speed-painting, sketching, art tips, and more!

Maliki (France)

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English Website
French Website

“My name is Maliki. I’ve been creating comics (both on the Internet and in published books) and writing novels since 2004. That’s 425 comic strips you can read for free on maliki.com, 7 books published by Ankama, an art book, one spin-off, two novels…and now, thanks to my readers’ patronage on Tipeee, I’m starting a new adventure with the self-published ‘Maliki Blog.’ As a blogger, I mostly get my story inspiration from my day-to-day life. As a gamer, these stories are often related to video games! :p”


VooDoo Val (United States)

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“I’m a freelance digital artist from California specializing in character design and portraiture. I work as a full-time streamer not only to share my artwork, but also to help support the art community and raise up my fellow artists!”


Vasburg (Germany)

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Portfolio

“I’m a freelance concept artist who loves to work on video games. Over the years I’ve also enjoyed taking part in other projects, like book illustrations and designs for film and commercials. Also, I can hold my breath for longer than a minute.”


Qesque (United States)

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“I didn’t play house as a kid. Instead, playtime consisted of great adventures, battles with dragons, and hiding from unseen enemies. Not much has changed since growing up, though most would agree that this makes me rather odd. However, I’ve never once tried to tame my imagination. Now I use it to create vivid illustrations and paintings that I enjoy sharing with others. I may be odd, but I also love what I do.”


Astri Sjursen (Norway)

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“I’m an illustrator/concept artist from Norway, currently working freelance in the gaming industry! I love painting women, playing RPGs and consuming unhealthy amounts of coffee.”


Landylachs (United States)

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“Hello! I’m Landylachs, or Liz Liu. I’m a fantasy illustrator, and I love Guild Wars 2‘s aesthetic and worldbuilding, especially for the charr and sylvari races! My current main is a sylvari necromancer, which is possibly influenced by my fondness for Trahearne. :)”


Thank you to all of the artists and fans who have made the Guild Wars 2 Art Show such a success! As always, you can see all of the pieces created on the show on the official Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr album.

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of July 3

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of July 3

Wednesday, July 5

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Mohammad Qureshi)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
We’re happy to welcome Mohammad and his beautiful interpretations of Tyria back to the show! You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Friday, July 7

World vs World (by JoinJess)(English)
11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Jess picks up the banner of the Northern Shiverpeaks. Are you brave enough to heed the call and join her?

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.
Thank you for watching!

PvP Updates on Guild Chat: A Summary

On the latest episode of Guild Chat, host Rubi Bayer was joined by some of the developers who worked on the recent Player vs. Player update to discuss the changes—and challenges—that accompanied the release.

Game Designer Ben Phongluangtham said that instead of letting matches fizzle out at the end, the team wanted to give players fun tools to celebrate their victories. That led to the creation of the new end-of-match feature, which teleports the winning team to pedestals and gives them a set of emotes and fireworks. The PvP team also developed a feature to honor monthly tournament winners, where winning players have their likenesses transformed into statues in the new PvP lobby. Although players can play in PvP tournaments without any armor equipped, Ben said that unclothed characters will receive an emergency fashion intervention and have a set of generic armor appear on their statue. Producer Grant Gertz cautioned that outfits and backpieces won’t be displayed on your statue, so make sure your armor set is worthy of a champion!

The developers took a few questions from livestream chat. Grant said that the team decided to build a dedicated area to support 2v2 combat after they were inspired by players who ran their own 2v2 tournaments in the Legacy of the Foefire map. Ben talked about rewards, explaining that the team erred on the side of caution when implementing daily rewards because they were concerned about the potential for abusive farming. However, they’re open to making adjustments and are always keeping an eye on player feedback.

Next, Server Programmer Ray Patrick and QA Embed Cal Cohen talked about automated tournaments. They explained that while the tournaments looked stable in testing, there’s no substitute for a mass of players accessing the content. When the tournaments began, some teams hadn’t been completely confirmed, and a bug caused the game to place those incomplete teams in the bracket. This resulted in situations where single players ended up in maps all by themselves, and Ray had to unstick them all by manually clicking a link for each stuck player. Cal showed off the results of a match in which an ArenaNet team found themselves facing a single player. Cal found an area of the map that let his character take fatal fall damage, granting five points to the lone member of the opposing team.

You can watch a recording of the episode below!

June 2017 Community Showcase

Welcome to the community showcase, where we celebrate our favorite projects, activities, and other fan works created by Guild Wars 2 players. Read on to check out some of the amazing fan works on display in the Community Showcase Live livestream, and tune in monthly on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel for even more player contributions!

Mohammad Qureshi demonstrates his mastery of light and shadow in this fan-made concept art.

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This art commission by crowtez is a perfect example of the whimsical beauty of the sylvari.

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Kitabyan fights evil in style in a mesmerizing replica of the Cabalist armor set.

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Get ready for your next boss battle with a chiptune remix of “Battle on the Breachmaker” by Stephen Wells!

June is Pride Month, and pastelmordrempup drew their character joining in the celebration!

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We love seeing fans’ works of art, creativity, and community organization from around the world. Keep up the excellent work! Hungry for more Guild Wars 2 fan projects? Ready to show off your own? Head to the official Guild Wars 2 Tumblr and read up on the submission guidelines! You can submit your works via the Guild Wars 2 Tumblr, by tweeting @GuildWars2, or in a post on the official Community Creations subforum.

Check out the recording below to see all the fan works in this month’s episode of Community Showcase Live!