Extended Downtime – Friday, March 3rd 2017

Tomorrow’s daily downtime will be extended by 15 minutes so that essential maintenance can be performed on the Tranquility cluster.

Downtime will run from 11:00 UTC through until 11:30 UTC, lasting for a total of 30 minutes. We hope to have the cluster back online and accepting connections as soon as possible.

Apologies for any inconvenience that this downtime extension may cause!

Crown Store Showcase: March 2017

You might be branded a fool for wanting to ride a feral Sabre Cat mount or cuddle with a fierce-but-adorable Sabre Cat Cub, but who could blame you this close to the Jester’s Festival? Check out the March Showcase below for a preview of the new Crown Store offerings. Each month, we’ll receive new offers of Crown Store items, so keep your eyes open for future previews!

Of the Grand Finale of the Fan Festivals!

Hello everyone!

It’s lakukisu here, taking you to a trip down the memory lane of the best weekend this year – The Fan Festival in Frankfurt. Even if you didn’t manage to be there yourself or “only” watched the stream, read on, there are good things ahead.

Let’s start with the magical moment when Yoshi-P took the stage:

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That second when his silhouette appeared on the screens… my heartbeat went from 70 to 200 bpm in seconds! I’m pretty sure the crowd and the people watching the stream felt the same way! All in all, the keynote was spectacular and it feels so good to say ‘samurai’, ‘Othard’ and ‘Doma’ aloud. Let’s shout those words from the rooftops together!

I met a lot of super cool people during the weekend, shared a lot of laughs and most of all – shared the love for FFXIV.

Even the twins found their grandfather!

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Plenty of carnival games were won and lost! I had the privilege to try out and show some of them on the live stream as well.

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Let’s talk about the stage event! Remember the time when… Nobuo Uematsu and Masayoshi Soken wore MATCHING BOWS?!

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… Or when Benyamin Nuss and Susan hit us right in the feels?

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Everything was so much fun, it all went by too fast!

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And as a cherry on top… The Primals rocked our socks off (even Yoshi-P’s it seems)!

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The European Fan Fest might be officially over – and call me a ball of emotions but – these are the memories and friendships that will last through the years.

With love and giggles,

lakukisu

P.S. There are recap pictures on the way to the official Fan Festival site – please look forward to it! And, you can still buy the archived live stream if you want to experience the weekend and get the bonus in-game items!

The Sound of Songbirds

Hello there!

It’s Luxpheras from the North America Community Team with the sweetest sounds of songbirds ringing in my ears.

As you can see here in the official event artwork, our favorite trio from last year’s Little Ladies’ Day will soon be returning to center stage. This year’s event will continue their story, but don’t fret if you missed the Songbirds’ debut! All adventurers can enjoy the sweet sound of music this time around.

If there’s one thing I envy more than the Songbirds’ vocal talent though, it would have to be their excellent fashion sense. Look at those pretty bows and ruffles!

Speaking of which, let’s take a look at the gear that can be obtained from this event.


In addition to these classy (and dyeable!) new outfits, a special emote can be obtained from this event– perfect for when you can’t help but move along to the music. I hear those rainbow musical notes will move along with you, too.

Little Ladies’ Day begins on Wednesday, March 1. I hope you’re all as excited as I am!

Check out the Little Ladies’ Day event website!

– Luxpheras
Community Team

PvP League Season 6 Begins on March 7

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Return to the Mists and fight for glory in PvP League Season 6, beginning on 7 March and continuing through 1 May! In this season, losing a ranked season match with a score equal to or greater than 80% of the winning team’s score will award a Near Victory bonus worth two reward pips.

You can brush up on the changes to your favorite profession in the latest skill balance release notes.

Go Wild with Braham’s Bitterfrost Frontier Pack!

Well, well. Word has it that some young upstart cracked Jormag’s tooth in Hoelbrak. Any norn will tell you the one who nicks it is supposed to be some great hero who’ll lead them all to victory against the dragon. You want to know what I think? When you let a piece of bone sit in a dry hall while people throw things at it for over a hundred years, something’s eventually going to give.

  • Braham’s Bitterfrost Frontier Pack

    Here’s a deal worth howling over: a five-pack bundle of Braham’s Wolfblood Outfit, Eir’s Legacy Longbow, Mini Garm, a Total Makeover Kit, and 5 Frost Dye Kits.

  • Braham’s Pauldrons

    Make your armor combinations a little wilder with these fearsome shoulderguards.

  • Ka-Braham! Returning Items

    Don’t forget to pick up Braham’s Mace and Shield skins, Mini Braham Eirsson, and the Permanent Llama and Unicorn Finishers, available for a limited time! Braham’s Heavy Armor skin is also 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!

February 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!

Queen Jennah stands with her people in this stirring pro-Kryta piece by clock.

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Lunara’s sculpture of Aurene may be smaller than the genuine article, but it’s just as cute!

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These sylvari are flying high in ruderubicante’s adorable art of their guildmates.

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We’d love to take ShdwBlood’s laser-cut coasters to our next moot! No kegs on the table, please. .

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Tehlu made a real quaggan backpack&emdash;perfect for toting around all of your tiny shrimp, seaweed balls, and calming seashells.

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Eidolon Orpheus composed this track in honor of a thief who is known among her enemies as “the Skipping Stone.” Visit the Tumblr post to read more about her!

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!

Your Candidates for the CSM 12 ballot

    

Citizens of New Eden,

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The application period has passed and applications have been vetted in accordance with the the candidate requirements. X candidates will be on the ballot when elections for your new CSM open on March 6.

Please go to the Candidates Page to see who the CSM 12 candidates are!

To further read up on the candidates and what they stand for you can head over to the forums and check out their campaign threads.

That’s all for now. You’ll be able to vote come Monday, March 6 and the results will be announced at Fanfest on April 6.

Stormblood Sing-along

Greetings, everyone!

With the Fan Festival in Frankfurt taking place last weekend, we have now completed the FFXIV Fan Festival 2016-2017 series! Thank you to everyone that attended, watched the stream, enjoyed the announcements and for plain making this all possible!

During the Fan Festival in Frankfurt keynote, Yoshida revealed samurai, new areas, and other exciting tidbits about Stormblood. In fact, the show began with the full Stormblood trailer! As it began, I’m sure many thought it’d be the same trailer as before, but as soon as the camera pulled out to the world map, you could feel the excitement at the venue (and the reactions from those watching the stream)!

I’m sure you’ve all heard the singing near the end of the trailer, right? Mocchi, from the SE Japan Community team, swears that hears them shouting “Hildi! Hildi! Hildi!” at the very end… What could it mean!?

Mocchi couldn’t let it go, so he decided to ask lore masters Banri Oda and Michael-Christopher Koji Fox about the actual lyrics. So, here they are! Listen along at about the 3 minute, 57 second mark!

Storm of blood
Born from blood
Of our fallen brothers

Borne upon our hands
Cradled in our arms
Swelling in our hearts

Raise your weary head
Heed the call to arms
Ringing in your heart

Loyalty!
Unity!
Liberty!

Now you can impress your friends by singing along with the trailer!

Also, as part of a new Stormblood fan kit, we released wallpapers that feature samurai and red mage, so please be sure to check it out!

– Bayohne
Community Team

Level 80 boost item temporarily disabled

Last Post: Feb 25, 2017 13:54

Hello Tyrians,

We have temporarily disabled the Level 80 boost item to address an issue. While we investigate, players will still be able to purchase HoT and receive the level 80 boost item but won’t be able to use it.

Players who had just started using the boost to test their characters in the Silverwastes will be returned to their home (example: Divinity’s Reach for Humans etc) and the effects of the boost will be cancelled as if they had not yet used it.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we are working on this. We will update this thread when the issue has been fixed and the boost has been re-enabled.

The Head of the Snake on Guild Chat: A Summary

On the latest episode of Guild Chat, host Rubi Bayer was joined by Living World Team Lead Andrew Gray and Game Designer Kirk Williford to talk about the fourth episode of Living World Season 3, The Head of the Snake.

Kirk said that it was a lot of fun creating the episode and the Lake Doric map because there’s a lot of history to draw from and many members of the team are fans of the original Guild Wars. Lake Doric is under siege by Caudecus Beetlestone’s White Mantle faction, and players must fight for control of three areas on the map with the help of Queen Jennah’s loyal Seraph. The battle lines move back and forth, giving players a reason to split up and fight in different events across the map. Andrew said that it was important for the Seraph patrols to be powerful so it would feel like players can assist and fight alongside a real army. They originally dropped Seraph NPCs from the core game into Lake Doric to let them try to fight it out. It didn’t end well.

The designers make a lot of events expecting players to approach them cautiously, but Andrew said they’ve found that players simply roll through, smashing everything. With that in mind, they developed the centaur camp as an area for players to smash to their hearts’ content. Centaurs have been hearing far too many players say that they can outrun them, Kirk said—now they have their revenge. The further players progress in the camp, the more likely they are to be stampeded by the ruthless herd.

Lake Doric still contains pockets of peace, which Andrew said was an intentional choice to underscore the need for normalcy in the midst of war and remind people what they’re fighting for. Kirk said that making the map feel “lived in” was important, because when war breaks out somewhere, it’s likely that people’s homes and lives are still there. The team wanted players to learn the story of Lake Doric beyond the conflict, and to have places to rest, because war is exhausting.

Queen Jennah showed some of her true strength in this episode, shielding Divinity’s Reach beneath a giant dome. She was determined not to be caught off guard like she was when Scarlet attacked the city. She has the capacity for ruthless efficiency, but Kirk said she hesitates to show it because she doesn’t want to be feared as a ruler.

Caudecus’s spinning room was created by Josh Foreman, and it has been in the game but inaccessible since the Guild Wars 2 launch. Andrew said that anything with Caudecus’s face on it is likely Josh’s “labor of love,” because Caudecus bears an uncanny resemblance to Environmental Art Lead Dave Beetlestone. Dave asked that they at least refrain from making a mask that looked like his face as a reward, which they promptly did anyway.

If you missed the episode, you can watch a recording below!

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of February 27

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 February 27

Wednesday, March 1

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-8)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Sayael)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Join Sayael in the making of a new character as she explains her creative process. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Thursday, March 2

Good Morning, Tyria – Breakfast Stream! (by RejjaOnAir)(German)
12:30 AM Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Get ready for a hero’s morning routine! Let’s discover Tyria’s beauty together.

Saturday, March 4

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JoinJess (by JoinJess)(English)
6:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Jess discovers the latest Living World episode and completes the Episode 4 achievements!

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

Aion 5.3 Update Coming on March 8

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Ereshkigal’s Dredgions are en route, and the Arena of Tenacity doors are preparing to open. The Aion 5.3 update will arrive on March 8, 2017!

Click here for our preview of the Arena of Tenacity and the Dredgion Defense. Also included in this update are new systems and items, such as Essence Cores, Empyrean Bracelets, and much more. There is something for all Daevas in this update so stay tuned for more information!