There’s a temptation to sort of write off this episode as a setting the stage episode, which it is but it also does a lot more than just that. A lot of action is packed into this episode and it might just be the strongest one ArenaNet has put out to date. As we gathered up allies both old and new there were real moments where I had to pick my jaw up off the ground because some of the things which happen are things I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d see. So, buckle up for a wild ride. … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2: Episode 4 Preview
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Ben: I’m not going to lie, we had a picture of He-Man’s Battlecat as part of our pitch presentation! Cats have become somewhat of a theme for WvW, with the Catmander tags and home instance pets already present. Additionally, it allowed us to save us some animation time, since we were able to modify the Griffon rig and animations to fit our Warclaw design. … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 Developer Interview
And then it all goes tits up. Suddenly, Caithe pulls out the crystals from Aurene and she’s back on her feet. Literally, it’s a blink and you’ll miss it story beat. As we all predicted, Aurene eating Joko at the end of Long Live The Lich allowed her to transcend death and bring herself back into the story. In the second (of two) story missions that we get Braham explicitly states that while the Commander can die, Aurene can just resurrect herself and thereby is given the most impenetrable set of plot armour since GRRM’s wife told him Arya Stark was her favourite character. I don’t necessarily have an issue with Aurene coming back from the dead. But for it to be literally the first major story beat of the episode cheapens the fantastic finale of All Or Nothing. … [Read more...] about War Eternal: Guild Wars 2 Season 4 Finale
FPS testing in Guild Wars 2 is problematic at the best of times. Anybody jumping into WvW can attest to this. We needed to pick a way that would drastically reduce the variables involved while still ensuring that we were being realistic in our test. Logging tests on each of the available systems, we chose to idle in a spot overlooking the Mystic Forge. This was a good compromise as it has a level footfall of users that tend to spend a good length of time in front of the forge. It also demands that any system render a number of effects spouting out of the Forge. In essence, the mystic toilet is about as consistent as any populated environment in Tyria is going to be. … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 Is Slow…. Is It Time for a New PC?
Victory Rock—Use this novelty chair to strike a heroic pose. Anniversary Armor Pack—Choose a set of exclusive armor skins. Two Anniversary Weapon Packs—Choose exclusive weapon skins. Anniversary Backpack Pack—Choose an exclusive backpack skin. Guaranteed Wardrobe Unlock—Unlocks a random wardrobe option. Character-Only Rewards Also included in the Victorious Anniversary Achievement Box are character specific rewards. These are different than the account-wide rewards above. With these character rewards, each of your characters will receive the rewards on their 7th birthday through the in-game mail. For comparison, the account based rewards will only be gifted to your account once. These character rewards include: … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 Anniversary 2019 Gift Guide