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[Preview] Guild Wars 2: The Gathering Storm Comprehensive Preview

BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing EditorBerea, OHPosts: 2,377MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Today marks the release of new content in Guild Wars 2 - Flame & Frost: The Gathering Storm. We had a team take part in a preview of the new experiences players will find when they log in again. See what we discovered in this, our second big preview, before leaving your thoughts in the comments.

First let’s talk about Spirit Watch. Like most maps the first team to 500 points wins. There are 3 things you can do to earn points for your team. Capture points, transport the orb from the altar in the center of the map to any capture point, and kill other players. It is important to note that you can take the orb to any capture point and score, even those controlled by another team. If you take the orb to a point that you control you will earn 30 points. If you take the orb to a point that is either neutral or controlled by the enemy you will earn 10 points. As an added bonus if you take the orb to a point that is controlled by the enemy you will instantly flip it from their control to a neutral status. This map is all about the elevation changes. Ranged characters can dominate this map. You can get a more in depth look at the map in the video below.

Read more of Rob Lashley's Guild Wars 2: The Gathering Storm Comprehensive Preview.

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  • MaephistoMaephisto somewhere, DCPosts: 632Member
    Where is our WvW update?

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  • Sasori_japSasori_jap AthensPosts: 12Member

    Its coming next month, they delayed it a bit to polish it further

     

     
  • botrytisbotrytis In Flux, MIPosts: 2,567Member
    Originally posted by Maephisto
    Where is our WvW update?

    They already listed when the WvW update is coming out - I heard March 20th around there. Different groups are working on different parts. The WvW is the most delicate to balance. Please no whining allowed.

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  • ZeroxinZeroxin LondonPosts: 2,521Member Uncommon
    Can someone say AMAZING stuff? Because my jaw is too slack to understand how much awesome is in the update. Now all I need is the patch notes and I'll be completely sated.

    This is not a game.

  • GrakulenGrakulen Staff Writer St. Charles, MOPosts: 460MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
    I specifically asked them why a SPvP map when it seemed more players wanted WvW changes first. Bottom line is they have two different teams working on it and the production of Spirit did not hamper the production of WvW. It will be here soon (ish).
  • VorchVorch Somewhere, FLPosts: 800Member
    This...this looks very good.

    "As you read these words, a release is seven days or less away or has just happened within the last seven days— those are now the only two states you’ll find the world of Tyria."...Guild Wars 2

  • MaephistoMaephisto somewhere, DCPosts: 632Member
    Originally posted by botrytis
    Originally posted by Maephisto
    Where is our WvW update?

    They already listed when the WvW update is coming out - I heard March 20th around there. Different groups are working on different parts. The WvW is the most delicate to balance. Please no whining allowed.

    March 20th....awesome.  Thanks, didnt know this. 

    Also, the inf cost is a bit steep isn't it.  I guess they are trying to clean out the surplus of inf the large guilds have.

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  • MardukkMardukk Posts: 1,558Member Uncommon
    This looks great.  Just need to find a guild that will actually log on.  The two I'm in are so casual you can never count on someone to log in.  
  • BattlerockBattlerock Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,393Member
    Another idea to be stolen yippy
  • QSatuQSatu WarsawPosts: 1,735Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by KingofHartz
    Another idea to be stolen yippy

    What do you mean?

  • Deto123Deto123 Kelowna, BCPosts: 689Member
    Originally posted by kyssari
    To think I was looking foward to coming back to play again to check out these guild missions only to find out they have ridiculously high influence costs to unlock so that our small guild won't be able to take part in this new feature for a long time, oh well, guess I'm sticking to Vanguard full time :

    Don t be sad, it s a good choice on your part.

  • semantikronsemantikron Edwardsville, ILPosts: 258Member
    hopefully they will reduce the influence cost of at least the guild bounty mission, so that players in small guilds can not only get introduced to the way the system works, but also start to see an increase in guild participation

    Charr: Outta my way.
    Human: What's your problem?
    Charr: Your thin skin.

  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by kyssari
    To think I was looking foward to coming back to play again to check out these guild missions only to find out they have ridiculously high influence costs to unlock so that our small guild won't be able to take part in this new feature for a long time, oh well, guess I'm sticking to Vanguard full time :

    Don t be sad, it s a good choice on your part.

    you can join up with any guild(even if you are not in their guild) and do guild missions so ANYONE can get to enjoy the content.. the influence cost and unlocking allows guilds to have more of a "purpose" and something to work for as people have been asking for since launch... 

    I angered the clerk in a clothing shop today. She asked me what size I was and I said actual, because I am not to scale. I like vending machines 'cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it... so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential. --Mitch Hedberg

  • DamarusofktDamarusofkt viroqua, WIPosts: 73Member
    Am very happy with the changes I see.  New content additions (and a very different flavor at that), needed improvements to pvp and viewing items.  I assume there will also be a plethora of other notes that they typically don't include in their high level update pages.  Yeah... no complaints. 

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  • Lovely_LalyLovely_Laly genevaPosts: 734Member

    let's look how guild missions are...

    thanks for TP changes, finally we can see what we getting.

    try before buy, even if it's a game to avoid bad surprises.
    Worst surprises for me: Aion, GW2

  • Deto123Deto123 Kelowna, BCPosts: 689Member
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by kyssari
    To think I was looking foward to coming back to play again to check out these guild missions only to find out they have ridiculously high influence costs to unlock so that our small guild won't be able to take part in this new feature for a long time, oh well, guess I'm sticking to Vanguard full time :

    Don t be sad, it s a good choice on your part.

    you can join up with any guild(even if you are not in their guild) and do guild missions so ANYONE can get to enjoy the content.. the influence cost and unlocking allows guilds to have more of a "purpose" and something to work for as people have been asking for since launch... 

    Lol, why not just join that guild then. I liked this game at first, but man they have some stupid ideas.

  • dimasokdimasok toronto, ONPosts: 189Member
    Guild missions sound like filler stuff. And I HATE timed events.
  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member
    Originally posted by Deto123

    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by kyssari
    To think I was looking foward to coming back to play again to check out these guild missions only to find out they have ridiculously high influence costs to unlock so that our small guild won't be able to take part in this new feature for a long time, oh well, guess I'm sticking to Vanguard full time :

    Don t be sad, it s a good choice on your part.

    you can join up with any guild(even if you are not in their guild) and do guild missions so ANYONE can get to enjoy the content.. the influence cost and unlocking allows guilds to have more of a "purpose" and something to work for as people have been asking for since launch... 

    Lol, why not just join that guild then. I liked this game at first, but man they have some stupid ideas.

     

    seriously? Say you are in a small guild and are slowly working on unlocking the guild quests.. You happen to stumble into a guild running one and ask to help out so you can see what they are all about..what's the downside to that?

    I angered the clerk in a clothing shop today. She asked me what size I was and I said actual, because I am not to scale. I like vending machines 'cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it... so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential. --Mitch Hedberg

  • Deto123Deto123 Kelowna, BCPosts: 689Member
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by kyssari
    To think I was looking foward to coming back to play again to check out these guild missions only to find out they have ridiculously high influence costs to unlock so that our small guild won't be able to take part in this new feature for a long time, oh well, guess I'm sticking to Vanguard full time :

    Don t be sad, it s a good choice on your part.

    you can join up with any guild(even if you are not in their guild) and do guild missions so ANYONE can get to enjoy the content.. the influence cost and unlocking allows guilds to have more of a "purpose" and something to work for as people have been asking for since launch... 

    Lol, why not just join that guild then. I liked this game at first, but man they have some stupid ideas.

     

    seriously? Say you are in a small guild and are slowly working on unlocking the guild quests.. You happen to stumble into a guild running one and ask to help out so you can see what they are all about..what's the downside to that?

    Yes seriously, it should be open to all guilds, regardless of size. It s IMO a stupid idea.

  • LIOKILIOKI Igloo, ABPosts: 175Member
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by kyssari
    To think I was looking foward to coming back to play again to check out these guild missions only to find out they have ridiculously high influence costs to unlock so that our small guild won't be able to take part in this new feature for a long time, oh well, guess I'm sticking to Vanguard full time :

    Don t be sad, it s a good choice on your part.

    you can join up with any guild(even if you are not in their guild) and do guild missions so ANYONE can get to enjoy the content.. the influence cost and unlocking allows guilds to have more of a "purpose" and something to work for as people have been asking for since launch... 

    Lol, why not just join that guild then. I liked this game at first, but man they have some stupid ideas.

     

    seriously? Say you are in a small guild and are slowly working on unlocking the guild quests.. You happen to stumble into a guild running one and ask to help out so you can see what they are all about..what's the downside to that?

    Aside from defeating the purpose of having a guild to begin with? nothing.

    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member
    Originally posted by Deto123

    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by kyssari
    To think I was looking foward to coming back to play again to check out these guild missions only to find out they have ridiculously high influence costs to unlock so that our small guild won't be able to take part in this new feature for a long time, oh well, guess I'm sticking to Vanguard full time :

    Don t be sad, it s a good choice on your part.

    you can join up with any guild(even if you are not in their guild) and do guild missions so ANYONE can get to enjoy the content.. the influence cost and unlocking allows guilds to have more of a "purpose" and something to work for as people have been asking for since launch... 

    Lol, why not just join that guild then. I liked this game at first, but man they have some stupid ideas.

     

    seriously? Say you are in a small guild and are slowly working on unlocking the guild quests.. You happen to stumble into a guild running one and ask to help out so you can see what they are all about..what's the downside to that?

    Yes seriously, it should be open to all guilds, regardless of size. It s IMO a stupid idea.

     

    why not just give exotics and full traits to everyone at level one? Why should anyone have to work for anything? This way it gives all players a chance to experience the content and gives things for people to work towards

    I angered the clerk in a clothing shop today. She asked me what size I was and I said actual, because I am not to scale. I like vending machines 'cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it... so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential. --Mitch Hedberg

  • Deto123Deto123 Kelowna, BCPosts: 689Member
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by kyssari
    To think I was looking foward to coming back to play again to check out these guild missions only to find out they have ridiculously high influence costs to unlock so that our small guild won't be able to take part in this new feature for a long time, oh well, guess I'm sticking to Vanguard full time :

    Don t be sad, it s a good choice on your part.

    you can join up with any guild(even if you are not in their guild) and do guild missions so ANYONE can get to enjoy the content.. the influence cost and unlocking allows guilds to have more of a "purpose" and something to work for as people have been asking for since launch... 

    Lol, why not just join that guild then. I liked this game at first, but man they have some stupid ideas.

     

    seriously? Say you are in a small guild and are slowly working on unlocking the guild quests.. You happen to stumble into a guild running one and ask to help out so you can see what they are all about..what's the downside to that?

    Yes seriously, it should be open to all guilds, regardless of size. It s IMO a stupid idea.

     

    why not just give exotics and full traits to everyone at level one? Why should anyone have to work for anything? This way it gives all players a chance to experience the content and gives things for people to work towards

    Wow, I know you like the game, but seriously, give it a rest. I never once said they should nt have to work for it, but it s a side thing. Guilds of all levels should have access to new content as it comes out. Why stay in a small guild then. As I said IMO it s a stupid idea. Nothing wrong with working for it, but the costs are way high, and to beg another guild to join them, to see the content, is defeating the purpose of having a guild at all. I like small guilds, and to force me to join another larger one, or tag along is stupid in so many ways.

  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member
    Originally posted by Deto123

    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by Deto123
    Originally posted by kyssari
    To think I was looking foward to coming back to play again to check out these guild missions only to find out they have ridiculously high influence costs to unlock so that our small guild won't be able to take part in this new feature for a long time, oh well, guess I'm sticking to Vanguard full time :

    Don t be sad, it s a good choice on your part.

    you can join up with any guild(even if you are not in their guild) and do guild missions so ANYONE can get to enjoy the content.. the influence cost and unlocking allows guilds to have more of a "purpose" and something to work for as people have been asking for since launch... 

    Lol, why not just join that guild then. I liked this game at first, but man they have some stupid ideas.

     

    seriously? Say you are in a small guild and are slowly working on unlocking the guild quests.. You happen to stumble into a guild running one and ask to help out so you can see what they are all about..what's the downside to that?

    Yes seriously, it should be open to all guilds, regardless of size. It s IMO a stupid idea.

     

    why not just give exotics and full traits to everyone at level one? Why should anyone have to work for anything? This way it gives all players a chance to experience the content and gives things for people to work towards

    Wow, I know you like the game, but seriously, give it a rest. I never once said they should nt have to work for it, but it s a side thing. Guilds of all levels should have access to new content as it comes out. Why stay in a small guild then. As I said IMO it s a stupid idea. Nothing wrong with working for it, but the costs are way high, and to beg another guild to join them, to see the content, is defeating the purpose of having a guild at all. I like small guilds, and to force me to join another larger one, or tag along is stupid in so many ways.

     

    they reduced the cost by a lot already and reading the forums they said they will evaluate the costs... One suggestion they are toying with is adjusting cost based on guild size

    I angered the clerk in a clothing shop today. She asked me what size I was and I said actual, because I am not to scale. I like vending machines 'cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it... so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential. --Mitch Hedberg

  • cronius77cronius77 Fairfax, VAPosts: 1,352Member Uncommon
    guild missions starting at 50k influence to unlock and 200 influence to start is a slap in the face to any smaller guilds out there and shows you how out of touch this team really is with their own playerbase. As much as I like about this patch this just goes to show you they do not think things through at all and leave anyone not in a mega guild out in the cold. Plus they throw a carrot on a stick at you for 5 gold guild items with a few guild tokens to make it easier for the larger guilds to get the gear . While they preview the new costs of the gear through laurels instead costing upwards of 40 laurels and one screenshot showing 50 infusions... there is over 900 posts on the offical forums complaining about this hardcore in one thread alone and not to mention the backlash in other threads poping up there. Goes to show you they didnt learn their lession like Colin sweared they did during the first event they introduced the new tier of gear. This is why some of us get pissed at this game and think the dev team are idiots.
  • Marcus-Marcus- Posts: 970Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    why not just give exotics and full traits to everyone at level one? Why should anyone have to work for anything? This way it gives all players a chance to experience the content and gives things for people to work towards

     Wow, what a tired old argument this is...

     

    I don't think anyone wants stuff handed to them for free..  As a matter o fact, if they did, I'm sure one of the mega-guilds would let them join no questions asked.  image

     

    Would have been nice if ANET had the forethought of allowing smaller guilds to "gate" in at a lower level, with less rewards. We'll get there eventually, i guess i just don't see the logic in it all.

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