Category: Guild Wars 2 Official

Updating Text – June 27, 2017

Last Post: Jun 27, 2017 23:56

We will be doing a text-only build today. Although you will see a “new build” notification in the game, no alterations are being made to the game at this time other than to update a few words of in-game text.

Take Home a Fuzzy Aurene Hat and Mini Plush Aurene Today!

I’m not going to stand here and debate the fact that baby dragons aren’t actually fuzzy. Human, asura, and norn cubs aren’t fuzzy either, but if you ask me, it’d be a considerable upgrade. I’m the one putting out this merchandise, and I say the fuzz stays. If you want accuracy, you can go find yourself a real baby dragon. Good luck with that.

  • Fuzzy Aurene Hat

    This is a true statement piece—a hat that makes you look like a baby dragon is chewing on your head. How’s that for realism?

  • Mini Plush Aurene

    This adorable stuffed toy will pursue you relentlessly over hill and dale—just like the genuine article, probably.

  • Winter? Why Not?

    To ice down this summer heat, I’m bringing back some of our wintry stock over the next two weeks. Keep an eye on the store to see what surprises cycle in and out! The Plush Baby Aurene Backpack is also on sale this week for 20% off.

  • 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!

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of June 26

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 June 26

Wednesday, June 28

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

thalbachin-banner

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Thalbachin)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
How do you capture a charr’s fierceness? Join Thalbachin to find out! You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Friday, June 30

Positive PvP (by JoinJess)(German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Let’s waste no time in jumping right into ranked PvP!

fashionfuchs_jan29

Saturday, July 1

Tyria’s Next Topmodel (by fashionfuchs)(German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
If you’re prone to stealing more than hearts, this party is for you! Tyria’s Next Topmodel is looking for the best-dressed bandit in all the land.

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

The Guild Wars 2 macOS 64-bit Test Client

085f1Guesting

The Guild Wars 2 team is happy to announce the macOS 64-bit client is ready for public testing! Starting today, players can download the 64-bit native client from their account page. Our hope is that this 64-bit client offers a better user experience without the use of a wrapper around the Windows client.

We Need Your Help

An artificial environment can only get us so far before we need real-world information. This is where you come in! The in-game bug reporting system allows you to provide a detailed description of issues you come across. With a game as large as Guild Wars 2, it’s difficult to identify every possible issue—your reports will tell us more about the improvements we can make across the game, so we can give you a better experience.

We also appreciate your feedback! You can reach out to us with comments or questions via the forums. Keep an eye on the release notes, which we’ll use to communicate bug fixes.

Thank You

We’d like to thank everyone who participates in this test and provides bugs and feedback. We would also like to thank everyone for patiently waiting while we built the client.

See you in-game!

God-Slayer Bow Pack, Jormag Dye Kit, and Sport Sunglasses Are Available Now!

One of the first things they told us back in the fahrar was that if we ever saw something trying to pass itself off as a god, we should aim right between its eyes. Of course, your average god might have no eyes, or as many as six. My advice is to fire until you hit something soft. Then just keep firing.

  • God-Slayer Bow Pack

    Have you armed your home against powerful entities who hold outsized opinions of their place in the universe? This brutal bow comes in both long and short versions, for peak preparedness.

  • Jormag Dye Kit

    As far as I know, Elder Dragons talk less than gods—and at least you know where they’re coming from. Cool off any religious fervor with this icy set of dyes, and take a chance on one of six exclusive new colors.

  • Sport Sunglasses

    Back by popular demand! Slide these on, cross your arms, and tilt your head just so before telling the nearest deity exactly which part of the Mists they can go to.

  • Returning Items

    On that note, the Tormented weapon set is back. For a limited time, you can purchase these dark devices for 5 Black Lion Claim Tickets each.

  • 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!

PvP Updates Are Live

pvp_murderball

Structured PvP has been updated with automated tournaments, a visual overhaul to Heart of the Mists, and a new map for 2 vs. 2 death match combat in the third part of the June 2017 Competitive Feature Pack! You can visit the release page for more details and read the complete release notes on our forums.

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.

In addition, you can join host Rubi Bayer and her developer guests for this week’s Guild Chat on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch and YouTube channels, where they’ll discuss this week’s update! Guild Chat will air on Friday, 23 June at 7:00 PM UTC (noon Pacific Time).

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of June 19

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 June 19

Tuesday, June 20

Adventures with Wolfie (by CouchTeamGaming) (English)
3:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
CouchTeamGaming’s Wolfie continues his journey through the Guild Wars 2 story.

Wednesday, June 21

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

4e676adam-isailovic

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Skaven Zverov)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Tune in to watch a new episode of the Guild Wars 2 Art Show! Skaven Zverov paints his charr character in a vibrant and dynamic perspective. You can find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Friday, June 23

New-sura Story (by Joinjess) (English)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Follow Joinjess to watch asura take over the—er, explore their homeland.

Guild Chat (by ArenaNet) (English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join host Rubi Bayer and her developer guests for discussion of the latest Guild Wars 2 update.

baldandbearded_june10_small

Guild Wars 2 with Friends (by Bald and Bearded) (English)
5:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Bald and Bearded takes on new challenges in Guild Wars 2!

Sunday, June 25 – The Sunday Class Stream

We’re happy to introduce a new, monthly addition to the Guild Wars 2 Art Show! On the Sunday Class Stream, our guests will share tips and answer your questions while demonstrating specific art techniques. Don’t be afraid to get technical!

8aff3raids_triptychon_vasburg

Structure Highlighting and Light Effects (by Vasburg) (English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
In the first edition of the Sunday Class Stream, Vasburg will demonstrate how to use lighting effects and highlight structures.

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

WvW Skirmish Updates on Guild Chat: A Summary

On the latest episode of Guild Chat, host Rubi Bayer was joined by Game Designer McKenna Berdrow and Environment Artist Kyle Bash to discuss the recent updates to World vs. World as part of the June 2017 Competitive Feature Pack.

Skirmishes are intended to make two-hour chunks of playtime within a much longer WvW matchup feel meaningful, and the new Skirmish reward track lets combatants earn pips toward rewards for their efforts on the battlefield. McKenna explained the conditions for earning bonus pips, and said that these gave the development team new opportunities to reward certain behavior and activities. She also said that the current in-game description of the Loyalty bonus is unclear, and doesn’t accurately communicate the requirements for earning a bonus pip. After collecting feedback and discussing the issue, the bonus category name will be changed to Commitment to reflect that it was meant to reward players who spend a lot of time playing WvW. The team is also scaling down the time required, so players will start earning the bonus pip after one week instead of three. While this still incentivizes frequent play, it isn’t as punishing for players who go on vacation or are otherwise unable to earn all tiers of wooden chests over three consecutive weeks. The change is planned to take effect on June 20.

In addition to implementing the reward track, the team repurposed existing WvW Tournament Claim Tickets into WvW Skirmish Claim Tickets, which players can continue earning and exchange for new armor, weapons, and other rewards. In balancing this, McKenna wanted to make sure that hardcore WvW fans have long-term rewards to work toward, while still rewarding casual players.

Kyle worked on the WvW-exclusive legendary backpack, Warbringer. The theme for the design was siege weaponry, and the team experimented with multiple ideas, including a design in which McKenna combined every siege weapon model in the game into a set of wings. Other ideas included—to varying degrees of seriousness—a backpiece covered in spikes, a baby dolyak with a jetpack strapped to it, a siege golem helicopter, and a fighter jet. Kyle said that the final design is meant to be massive and intimidating—something players can see a commander wearing at a distance and think, “That person’s going to kill me.”

You can watch a recording of the episode below!

Recent Phishing Attempts

Last Post: Jun 15, 2017 20:45

We’re talked about account security and phishing in the past, such as in this legacy forum thread. However, because we’ve noted a modest uptick in account thefts related to phishing, we wanted to share some info with you.

One of the more common phishing attempts today is coming from within the game. The in-game message claims to come from ArenaNet or the Guild Wars 2 Team or it may be signed by someone who purports to be a member of our GM team. Some of the in-game mails may resemble a common phishing attempt we noted a couple of years ago, which you can view here.

So what can you do, to prevent this sort of thing?

First, you should secure your account through SMS or Mobile Authentication. There’s a good article on our Knowledge Base that will give you a lot of info about securing your account. If you need extra help with the Authentication App, you can find that in this article.

Beyond that, please heed these reminders:

We won’t send you an in-game mail and tell you to visit a website to, for instance, secure your account or avoid an account termination. Don’t visit those sites, and don’t let the apparent “officialness” of the linked address deceive you.
Always check to see if the mail you’ve received truly is from The Guild Wars 2 Team or from ArenaNet.

For in-game mail: look for gold text immediately above the “Reply” and “Delete” buttons that reads, “Note: This message was sent by another player. It was not sent by the Guild Wars 2 Team.” If it says that, believe it.
For e-mails, always keep in mind with anyone can set anyone as the “Sender” of an e-mail. (I am getting nearly daily phishing e-mails that appear to come from… me!) You might check the Properties of the mail for more information.

If you get an e-mail or an in-game mail, reach out to Customer Support first, before any damage is done, and not later, when your account has been jeopardized or stolen. Just click “Support” t…

Automated Tournaments and Changes in the Heart of the Mists

pvp_genericfight2

Hello, Tyrians!

In the June 20 update, we’re making substantial changes to the Heart of the Mists by introducing a new way for players to compete as an organized team, a new area where players can gather to celebrate their achievements, and a few other surprises.

“Git Gud”

Automated tournaments are the new peak of player vs. player competition in Guild Wars 2. You’ll be able to compete in three different daily single-elimination tournaments as part of a five-person team to earn gold and qualifying points—the latter of which can land you a spot in the monthly tournament. These tournaments will offer some of the most prestigious prizes in Guild Wars 2 PvP—including the Glorious Hero’s armor set. Monthly tournament winners can also earn Mystic Coins and llama minis, and their likenesses will be sculpted into statues to stand at the PvP lobby entrance as a challenge to all competitors until the next monthly tournament.

Tournaments help bring the PvP community together, and we want to make sure that you always have a reason to join up with your teammates, hone your skills, and see your wins celebrated. This is the future of tournaments in Guild Wars 2—we can’t wait to see you climb to victory!

pvp_lobbystatues

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

As PvP changes, so do the Mists. The new PvP lobby is a place to celebrate and highlight your achievements, while providing some entertainment during the downtime between matches. You’ll have access to the same key features—training golems, merchants, a banker, and so forth—but we’re giving it a makeover with a new environment and layout. Explore crumbling ruins and shattered islands, slug it out in a free-for-all brawling area, and keep an eye out for some hidden surprises.

Glory Awaits

The new PvP lobby includes Champion’s Rest, a lounge reserved for the best of PvP players. This exclusive, earned prestige area provides convenient access to crafting, the Mystic Forge, your bank, and the trading post. Players in Champion’s Rest can even add a little extra danger to the fighting pit below with special consoles. Gain access to this privilege by proving your worth in PvP League seasons and monthly tournaments.

Prepare for battle. Fight for glory. See you in the Mists!

Foefire Wraps and Mantles Available in the Gem Store!

Some people say I’m out of touch, living here in Lion’s Arch. I’m far from any of the Foefire issues plaguing the Black Citadel, true—but sometimes innovation requires healthy distance and a broad perspective. When all you’ve got is a hammer, every problem starts to look like a nail. When all you’ve got are ghosts, every problem starts to look like…more ghosts.

  • Foefire Wraps and Mantles

    These armor pieces become progressively spookier as night falls. We’ve crafted them from 100% imitation Foefire, which is guaranteed* to not produce heat nor turn you into a vengeful spirit.

  • Returning Items

    For a limited time, grab the permanent Captain’s Airship Pass, permanent Royal Terrace Pass, Solar and Lunar Dye Kits, and Harbinger of Mordremoth Outfit. I’m also cycling out some of our spring inventory, so keep an eye on the store to see what’s leaving soon.

  • 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!

*The Black Lion Trading Company is not responsible for injury or death resulting from the cosmetic application of imitation Foefire. Please exercise extreme caution when adventuring in Ascalon.

PvP League Season 7 Begins Today

princessllama

Get ready to prove your mettle as PvP League Season 7 begins today! Jump in and challenge your fellow players for glory and rewards.

We’ll see you in the Mists!

Community Showcase Live: June 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, June 14 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7).

PvP League Season 7 Begins Soon

PvPFight

Don’t forget—PvP League Season 7 begins next week, on June 13! Get ready to enter the Mists and battle for glory and rewards.

You can read more about the June 2017 Competitive Feature Pack in this blog post.

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of June 12

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 June 12

Tuesday, June 13

Adventures with Wolfie (by CouchTeamGaming) (English)
3:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
CouchTeamGaming’s Wolfie continues his journey through the Guild Wars 2 story.

Wednesday, June 14

Chill Stream with Shadiz (by Shadiz_live) (English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Come cheer for Shadiz as he plays PvP!

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

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? Hop on over to the official Guild Wars 2 Tumblr and submit your work!

Thursday, June 15

3d702jp-twitch-sm-590x330

Jumping Puzzles! (by GameolioDan) (English)
6:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Up and at ’em! GameolioDan tackles Tyria’s jumping puzzles.

Sunday, June 18

Unity Gaming Org NA PvP Tournament (by Jebro) (English)
6:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The Guild Wars 2 community cheered last week for the EU branch of the Unity Gaming Org PvP Tournament—let’s gather this Sunday to support the NA contestants! Which team are you supporting? Use the #GW2 hashtag to tell us your predictions!

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

Hall of Monuments Issue 06-09-2017

Last Post: Jun 09, 2017 15:35

Friday morning (Pacific time) we had a brief outage of Guild Wars (original) that caused a temporary desync between Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. This impacted several players’ Hall of Monuments rewards. In fact, some players received notification via the Guild Wars 2 in-game mail system that said their Hall of Monuments feature was removed because they had acquired more points than intended. This message was sent in error and your rewards were not affected.

Here’s a workaround that should reset things so that your account is back to normal:

Log into Guild Wars (original)
Visit Historian Kimmes in Eye of the North and speak to him about your Hall of Monuments
Log into Guild Wars 2
Visit Historian Kimmes in Eye of the North and speak to him about your heritage

Doing this should re-sync your HoM rewards. But please note the following: It may take a few hours for the reconnection to take place. If after six hours you find that you still do have your Hall of Monuments rewards, please contact Customer Support for assistance.

World vs. World Updates Are Live

wvw_armort3

World vs. World has been updated with a new skirmishing UI, rewards, and an improved LFG system in the first part of the June 2017 Competitive Feature Pack! You can visit the release page for more details and read the complete release notes on our forums.

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.

In addition, you can join host Rubi Bayer and her developer guests for this week’s Guild Chat on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel! They’ll talk about this week’s updates to World vs. World.

Guild Chat will air on Friday, June 9 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7).

Magic Carpet Glider and New Eye Colors in the Gem Store!

Ever since I introduced the Magic Carpet, people have asked me for a version they can jump off a roof with. Not that you can’t jump off a roof with the ground-based traveling version, mind you…but you might not like the results. Ascent and descent are opposing forces—try to keep them straight.

  • Magic Carpet Glider and Travel Toy Combo

    Two rugs are better than one. Buy these woven wonders separately, or as a discount package.

  • New Eye Colors

    Show off your natural depth with six new eye colors in bold, expressive jewel tones. Available exclusively through Total Makeover Kits!

  • Guaranteed Wardrobe Unlock Update and More!

    I’ve added plenty of new merchandise since I introduced the Guaranteed Wardrobe Unlock, and it’s time to freshen up the list of skins, dyes, and other cosmetic unlocks. Find them in Black Lion Chests! I’m also returning the Permanent Mystical Dragon and Minstrel Finishers and temporarily adding some dye kits to my stock. Check back throughout the week to see which kits I’ve got on offer.

  • 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!

Lake Doric Change

Last Post: Jun 06, 2017 00:03

With the next release, we will be making a change to the Watchtower Cliffs (aka: the centaur stronghold) area of Lake Doric. The Harathi centaurs noticed that while those who shout “I can outrun a centaur” were not much of a threat, those who could build turrets and other weaponry were. They reached back to their command in the Harathi Hinterlands and requested support, which has come in the form of trebuchet fire aimed at enemies in their Lake Doric stronghold.

This change is intended to discourage players from AFKing in the centaur stronghold. The strikes come swiftly and carry a powerful punch – especially towards summons – while not becoming overly punishing to those who are playing through the entire area. Keep an eye out and be ready to evade the bombardments!

We will continue to monitor the centaur’s stronghold area and will investigate potential changes to incentivize intended gameplay in the area.

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of June 5

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 June 5

Tuesday, June 6

Peachy Party! (by AuroraPeachy) (English)
9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Play, discuss and learn all about Guild Wars 2 with AuroraPeachy and her extremely knowledgeable and friendly community.

The Butterfly Box (La boîte à papillon) (by Viking Violet) (French)
11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Watch Viking return to PvP as he trains and tests out mesmer gameplay in some matches.

Wednesday, June 7

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

landylachsjun7_small

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Landylachs)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Rebroadcast: Using creative freedom to her advantage, Landylachs paints her revenant as a tengu. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

baldandbearded_june10_small

Friday, June 9

Guild Wars 2 with Friends! (by Bald and Bearded) (English)
5:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Bald and Bearded and his friends to tackle new challenges together in Guild Wars 2.

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