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[Interview] Guild Wars 2: World vs. World's Time to Shine

BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing EditorBerea, OHPosts: 2,365MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Tomorrow's big March Guild Wars 2 update has a lot of big changes coming to the game. But none are so anticipated as the massive sweeping additions to the World vs. World PVP experience. We caught up with ArenaNet's designers to get the skinny on all the new content.

An “End of Culling Party” can happen come 3/26, as Habib noted during our interview.  He really wouldn’t mind seeing people toasting its death either, as the notorious process which keeps anything more than a few players from being visible on the screen at once in large battles has finally met its demise. 

Read the rest of Bill Murphy's Guild Wars 2: World vs. World's Time to Shine for more info on the new progression system, rewards, titles, and culling's death knell.

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  • YaevinduskYaevindusk Ul''dah, CAPosts: 1,537Member Uncommon

     

    These monthly updates keep getting better and better in my opinion.  I'm not even sure if they missed a single one yet; this has been the best value for my money in a very long time.

     

    Hopefully we will see Guild Halls and especially Player Housing before long as that's been put off enough in my opinion.   :)

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  • DamarusofktDamarusofkt viroqua, WIPosts: 73Member
    Originally posted by Yaevindusk

     

    These monthly updates keep getting better and better in my opinion.  I'm not even sure if they missed a single one yet; this has been the best value for my money in a very long time.

    Yep.  Despite if folks love each update or not (based on their judgement of new content offered, or how quickly it is being offered), I can count on a general improvement every month towards the game.  Removal of culling is one massive step forward!

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  • QSatuQSatu WarsawPosts: 1,735Member Uncommon
    It will be so hard to enter WvW. Everyone will be testing culling after the patch./ I can;t wauit to see a really big battle in 2 days. Sure my pc won't be able to render anything in high ress but I don;t really care. i will put all models on low ress and it will still be a much better experiance than it is now.

    Besides that.. 300 players on screen. That's a lot o_O

  • stevebombsquadstevebombsquad Orlando, FLPosts: 842Member Uncommon
    I think this game had its time. It is too little too late. People might come back and check it out as it is B2P, but it isn't enough to hold them. The crowd has come and gone and there are too many new games on the horizon that are promising. 

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  • Gaia_HunterGaia_Hunter BristolPosts: 2,818Member Uncommon

    Yeah, the crowd has come and gone.

    That is why they are making some world events less desirable to lower the number of people doing them...

     

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  • rafalex007rafalex007 dubaiPosts: 244Member
    Originally posted by stevebombsquad
    I think this game had its time. It is too little too late. People might come back and check it out as it is B2P, but it isn't enough to hold them. The crowd has come and gone and there are too many new games on the horizon that are promising.  I wounder where do this people get this kind of information oooh and one more thing MOVE ON the that you hate is devoloping
  • LeetheLeethe Posts: 876Member Uncommon
    If the crowds have gone then why would culling be an issue in the first place?

    There is NO miracle patch.

    95% of what you see in beta won't change by launch.

    Hope is not a stategy.
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  • KuppaKuppa Boulder, COPosts: 3,292Member Uncommon
    This looks like it's going to be awesome!

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  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,278Member Uncommon

    ranks are cool, when its not just a kill/cap counter. Systems similar to swtor's just get flat out get boring. 

     

    edit-  They way this seems is "just play, and you will get ranks!" It's a valor counter :( 

     

     

  • doodphacedoodphace Vancouver, BCPosts: 1,815Member
    Originally posted by Yaevindusk

     

    These monthly updates keep getting better and better in my opinion.  I'm not even sure if they missed a single one yet; this has been the best value for my money in a very long time.

     

    Hopefully we will see Guild Halls and especially Player Housing before long as that's been put off enough in my opinion.   :)

    While im stoked emensly for culling to be removed, how on earth can anyone describe this as a content update???

    At most, this is a fix.

  • AmjocoAmjoco Layton, UTPosts: 4,779Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by stevebombsquad
    I think this game had its time. It is too little too late. People might come back and check it out as it is B2P, but it isn't enough to hold them. The crowd has come and gone and there are too many new games on the horizon that are promising. 

    There are still a lot of people playing, thousands in fact.

    If you don't like the game it's understandable. Many folks who dislike it are those that are hardcore raiders and felt let down they couldn't get involved. The title was developed and released as a casual game. I for one, and many who still play, have been looking for this and with the addition of no monthly fee, it has been widely accepted. I can easily stop for a couple weeks and get right back in where I left off.

    There is no time requirements. In other titles, meeting my guild to run a raid felt more like a work schedule than a time to enjoy gaming. 

    The devs continues to put out great updates and will be around for a long time. 

     

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  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,365MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
    Originally posted by doodphace
     

    While im stoked emensly for culling to be removed, how on earth can anyone describe this as a content update???

    At most, this is a fix.

    The culling fix is only part of the grander patch.  But it's definitely important enough to report on.  

  • Eir_SEir_S Argyle, NYPosts: 4,623Member
    Originally posted by stevebombsquad
    I think this game had its time. It is too little too late. People might come back and check it out as it is B2P, but it isn't enough to hold them. The crowd has come and gone and there are too many new games on the horizon that are promising. 

    I don't like this logic all.  Even games I used to feel were lacking (TERA, Rift) have added things to widen their appeal to the gaming community, and GW2 is only getting better.  The fact remains that many people have been returning.  Will they stay?  Maybe, maybe not, but population is not a problem from what I've seen on several servers.

    The game's been out a little over 6 months, and I see just as many or more people playing when I run around the maps.  The important thing to remember is that MMO's are, despite what people want, never truly finished at launch or even years after, because they're more of an evolution than a set product.

    I agree that there are promising games on the horizon, but come on, the crowd is still there.

  • doodphacedoodphace Vancouver, BCPosts: 1,815Member
    Originally posted by BillMurphy
    Originally posted by doodphace
     

    While im stoked emensly for culling to be removed, how on earth can anyone describe this as a content update???

    At most, this is a fix.

    The culling fix is only part of the grander patch.  But it's definitely important enough to report on.  

    No doubt its important enough to report on, and im extreemly excited to see it, its just not "content".

  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,278Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by doodphace
    Originally posted by Yaevindusk

     

    These monthly updates keep getting better and better in my opinion.  I'm not even sure if they missed a single one yet; this has been the best value for my money in a very long time.

     

    Hopefully we will see Guild Halls and especially Player Housing before long as that's been put off enough in my opinion.   :)

    While im stoked emensly for culling to be removed, how on earth can anyone describe this as a content update???

    At most, this is a fix.

    They added a valor counter eer ranking system...

  • AmjocoAmjoco Layton, UTPosts: 4,779Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Leethe
    If the crowds have gone then why would culling be an issue in the first place?

    Don't point out the obvious, it ruins trolling at it's foundation.

    Death is nothing to us, since when we are, Death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.

  • doodphacedoodphace Vancouver, BCPosts: 1,815Member
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Originally posted by doodphace
    Originally posted by Yaevindusk

     

    These monthly updates keep getting better and better in my opinion.  I'm not even sure if they missed a single one yet; this has been the best value for my money in a very long time.

     

    Hopefully we will see Guild Halls and especially Player Housing before long as that's been put off enough in my opinion.   :)

    While im stoked emensly for culling to be removed, how on earth can anyone describe this as a content update???

    At most, this is a fix.

    They added a valor counter eer ranking system...

    I know, im refering to the multiple folks implying the removel of culling is "content".

  • ZeroxinZeroxin LondonPosts: 2,521Member Uncommon
    Dat mace and shield.

    This is not a game.

  • jtcgsjtcgs New Port Richey, ILPosts: 1,777Member

    Wait, how is adding a ranking system, items to be bought with badges, and entire skill sets NOT a content update?

    Bet these are the same people that said SWTORs UI patch was a big update to the game...

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  • OmaliOmali MMO Business Correspondent Orchard Park, NYPosts: 1,114Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by doodphace
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Originally posted by doodphace
    Originally posted by Yaevindusk

     

    These monthly updates keep getting better and better in my opinion.  I'm not even sure if they missed a single one yet; this has been the best value for my money in a very long time.

     

    Hopefully we will see Guild Halls and especially Player Housing before long as that's been put off enough in my opinion.   :)

    While im stoked emensly for culling to be removed, how on earth can anyone describe this as a content update???

    At most, this is a fix.

    They added a valor counter eer ranking system...

    I know, im refering to the multiple folks implying the removel of culling is "content".

    I guess when you have nothing to contribute to the discussion you can always complain about semantics. 

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  • AmjocoAmjoco Layton, UTPosts: 4,779Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by doodphace
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Originally posted by doodphace
    Originally posted by Yaevindusk

     

    These monthly updates keep getting better and better in my opinion.  I'm not even sure if they missed a single one yet; this has been the best value for my money in a very long time.

     

    Hopefully we will see Guild Halls and especially Player Housing before long as that's been put off enough in my opinion.   :)

    While im stoked emensly for culling to be removed, how on earth can anyone describe this as a content update???

    At most, this is a fix.

    They added a valor counter eer ranking system...

    I know, im refering to the multiple folks implying the removel of culling is "content".

    Did you read the article? Removing culling is part of the patch, not the additonal content. 

    Death is nothing to us, since when we are, Death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.

  • Eir_SEir_S Argyle, NYPosts: 4,623Member
    Originally posted by jtcgs

    Wait, how is adding a ranking system, items to be bought with badges, and entire skill sets NOT a content update?

    SHHH!  GW2 is dead!  Do not disturb its constantly updating corpse.

  • CelciusCelcius Franklin, TNPosts: 1,000Member Uncommon
    I am over the moon with excitement! These badge changes look awesome too! Keep it up ArenaNet. Still can't believe there is no longer gonna be culling in WvW :) 
  • TekaelonTekaelon Brookhaven, MSPosts: 531Member Uncommon

    I'm looking forward to the WvW rank system. IMO GW2 only weakness is its lackluster PvP. By that I mean GW1 had such AWESOME PvP that GW2 just can't seem to compete witth.

    That being said though I will definitely continue to play for the forseeable future.

  • doodphacedoodphace Vancouver, BCPosts: 1,815Member
    Originally posted by jtcgs

    Wait, how is adding a ranking system, items to be bought with badges, and entire skill sets NOT a content update?

    Bet these are the same people that said SWTORs UI patch was a big update to the game...

    Wait, I said removing culling was not content, but you feel the need to list everything thats not culling?

    I see what you did there...

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