Path of Fire Preview Weekend Starting Imminently - Guild Wars 2 News

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If you're dying to know what the next Guild Wars 2 expansion is all about, this weekend is your ticket. The Path of Fire preview is set to begin in the next little while and it will run through Sunday, August 13th. Anyone can play without needing to own either Guild Wars 2 or to have preordered Path of Fire. Simply register for an account, download the client and get started as soon as servers open.

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  • H4lucinationH4lucination cosmopolitanMember UncommonPosts: 16
    Mmo moms would play. Boring
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  • winghaven1winghaven1 HafnarfjörðurMember RarePosts: 595


    Mmo moms would play. Boring



    What lol?

    Anyway looks good and seems like a nice thing to try out if you're on the fence on pre-ordering.
  • exile01exile01 areMember RarePosts: 828
    like always: design and graphic wise looks good. This time voiceover and music also great, but the shallowness and meaninglessness this game sorrounds makes GW2 into a epic failure for me.

    So for me, i wont buy it. Maybe GW3 has a chance.
    alivenNepheth
  • ThumbtackJThumbtackJ In A Van, Down By the RiverMember UncommonPosts: 662
    Only a section of the map is available (they have teleport boundaries around it, it's not the full map). Never-the-less, it's pretty great. I absolutely LOVE the raptor so far. It's very fluid and feels nice and weighty when moving/turning and using it's movement ability. Not to mention that super cute little hop it does when you start moving. The race event is neat, bounties are cool, yadda yadda yadda. I'll need to see more during the next beta event, but so far PoF is looking to be a win in my book.
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  • TillerTiller Member RarePosts: 6,251
    edited August 11
    My thoughts so far...
    The mount movement so far seems fluid and natural.
    The night time in the crystal desert is pretty awesome.
    Chef game and Casino game are fun new mechanics.


     They added a lot more of the community mini games. It seems like the focus so far with this expansion is to get the community playing the game together, rather than solo play.There seems to be lots of open world content and events popping off with decent rewards. You can get in, play for 5 min and jump out in most of what they have shown far.
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  • iGumballStariGumballStar UddevallaMember UncommonPosts: 106
    I like the fact that the demo is available for everybody to try out. I think GW2 is in a good place currently - took a while I guess - and I hope Anet will keep it up.
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  • TillerTiller Member RarePosts: 6,251
    Mmo moms would play. Boring
    So maybe Wizards 101 is more you speed? Not many adults play that xD
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  • TheDarkrayneTheDarkrayne UKMember RarePosts: 3,531
    edited August 11
    I'm kind of underwhelmed by it..

    On one hand, ANet have given every other game designer a masterclass in how to do mounts.

    On the other hand, I just want to pick up a quest and have some sort of direction! I arrived in the new zone and it was just like.. oh, this again. Very little context for what you are doing. Chaos everywhere because no one has any direction other than fill in the map markers. How many of you started off by jumping around trying to interact with the bounty board? There was a hell of a lot of us...

    5 hours of playing and I have absolutely nothing to show for it, other than the mount of course. No meaningful loot (literally nothing except salvageable stuff and crafting stuff and that's all you will ever get in this game once you have exotics for your build).. no memorable story line.. I achieved nothing and I did the same thing you do in every map. I just.. don't see the point anymore?

    Man, if this game stopped trying to be different in the context and loot design it would be so much better.

    I wanted to love it but sadly I don't. I think I might finally buy FFXIV instead of this. I've played enough GW2 now.
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  • iGumballStariGumballStar UddevallaMember UncommonPosts: 106
    edited August 12
    I'm kind of underwhelmed by it..

    On one hand, ANet have given every other game designer a masterclass in how to do mounts.

    On the other hand, I just want to pick up a quest and have some sort of direction! I arrived in the new zone and it was just like.. oh, this again. Very little context for what you are doing. Chaos everywhere because no one has any direction other than fill in the map markers. How many of you started off by jumping around trying to interact with the bounty board? There was a hell of a lot of us...

    5 hours of playing and I have absolutely nothing to show for it, other than the mount of course. No meaningful loot (literally nothing except salvageable stuff and crafting stuff and that's all you will ever get in this game once you have exotics for your build).. no memorable story line.. I achieved nothing and I did the same thing you do in every map. I just.. don't see the point anymore?

    Man, if this game stopped trying to be different in the context and loot design it would be so much better.

    I wanted to love it but sadly I don't. I think I might finally buy FFXIV instead of this. I've played enough GW2 now.

    It is intentionally this way. They have turned off the story (other than the first couple of minutes) to not spoil anything. The point is to run around and get a feel for the new map design and mount.

    Other than, I guess ''what is the point of GW2?'' has always been a thing. You don't have clear goals to achieve hence getting the feeling that you are just running around aimlessly. PoF isn't going to change that. 

    As a person who enjoys GW2 and plays the game on and off, GW2 has always been about finding things that I find fun to do. It is a game that is centered around making goals for yourself... maybe you want to work towards a legendary weapon, a nice skin that you have always wanted or an achievement that you haven't gotten yet. Instead of the intrigue of actually finding a legendary item out in the world - or in a dungeon or raid -, GW2 is all about check-lists. ''I want this item so I am gonna work for it playing the game mode that enjoy''.

    It is a different kind of experience. You lose the intrigue of progression that is usually the most important part of MMORPGs and instead get freedom instead of it. The freedom to work towards your own goals in the game, goals that you usually create for yourself.

    This has always been - in my opinion - the game's biggest strength but also weakness. While some might enjoy the freedom the GW2 gives you in the playing the game the way you want. Others will find it bothersome that the game seems shallow since... technically, progression isn't there. You don't grow in power. If you already have ascended gear, you have already - pretty much - completed the game and all you work for is skins and fluff.
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  • AeanderAeander Walker, LAMember RarePosts: 1,598
    Mmo moms would play. Boring
    I'm not seeing the problem here. We get an older audience and plenty of single moms. 
  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 15,057
    I logged in on a couple of my characters and was looking for some sort of event notice but didn't see one. Do you need to make a new character? Is there some place you're supposed to go?
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  • sgelsgel Member RarePosts: 1,598
    Torval said:
    I logged in on a couple of my characters and was looking for some sort of event notice but didn't see one. Do you need to make a new character? Is there some place you're supposed to go?
    You'll notice you have two new character slots with the words BETA on them.
    Clicking them, you can make beta characters to play.

    ..Cake..

  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 15,057
    sgel said:
    Torval said:
    I logged in on a couple of my characters and was looking for some sort of event notice but didn't see one. Do you need to make a new character? Is there some place you're supposed to go?
    You'll notice you have two new character slots with the words BETA on them.
    Clicking them, you can make beta characters to play.
    Actually they say "DEMO", not beta and I did see that, but I don't want to create a "demo" character. Is that the only way to participate in the event?
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  • sgelsgel Member RarePosts: 1,598
    Torval said:
    sgel said:
    Torval said:
    I logged in on a couple of my characters and was looking for some sort of event notice but didn't see one. Do you need to make a new character? Is there some place you're supposed to go?
    You'll notice you have two new character slots with the words BETA on them.
    Clicking them, you can make beta characters to play.
    Actually they say "DEMO", not beta and I did see that, but I don't want to create a "demo" character. Is that the only way to participate in the event?
    Yes.

    ..Cake..

  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 15,057
    Thanks. Well, that's a pass for me. Other than mounts it doesn't seem like I'm missing much either.
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  • sgelsgel Member RarePosts: 1,598
    Torval said:
    Thanks. Well, that's a pass for me. Other than mounts it doesn't seem like I'm missing much either.
    Well it's a demo to show off part of one of the new maps and mounts. If that doesn't interest you then you should pass.
    Next weekend is the new specializations demo iirc.

    ..Cake..

  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 15,057
    So if I'm not missing out then why even buy it? The effort seems a little half-assed. They could have made an interesting event and let players experience a small piece of the content.
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  • sgelsgel Member RarePosts: 1,598
    Torval said:
    So if I'm not missing out then why even buy it? The effort seems a little half-assed. They could have made an interesting event and let players experience a small piece of the content.
    You ARE experiencing a small piece of the content.
    They aren't going to spoil the story in a demo now are they?
    They're also doing at least one more demo event so that you get to experience more of the content in the expansion.
    They're not going to be able to cover all new content in a demo, neither should they.

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  • Loke666Loke666 KalmarMember EpicPosts: 21,030
    Torval said:
    So if I'm not missing out then why even buy it? The effort seems a little half-assed. They could have made an interesting event and let players experience a small piece of the content.
    What they should have done was an option for us to clone our characters to the beta. But for me it was just about a peek at the new content, I am done now until launch.

    The reason they did what they did is because you wont get the story and similar things, that will be purged. I assume that would mess up things if they allowed us to use regular chars.
  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 15,057
    Yeah, that all makes sense, but it still doesn't work for me. I'll just wait until sometime later when they have a fully launched preview or a holiday sale.
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  • Loke666Loke666 KalmarMember EpicPosts: 21,030
    Torval said:
    Yeah, that all makes sense, but it still doesn't work for me. I'll just wait until sometime later when they have a fully launched preview or a holiday sale.
    Yeah, probably best to wait until the last demo weekend then, it will most likely be the most complete. Or there will certainly be a sale as you say sooner or later, if you aren't in a hurry you can wait until the price drop or until you feel you are boored with too much money.

    It is possible that they let people have access to the expansion a weekend to boost sales, No one mentioned an event like that yet but it still is possible.
    Torval
  • kalcakalca ProkupljeMember UncommonPosts: 30
    I don't get it whats wrong with create demo character ?
    U have slots for Demo heroes , u get tons of loot = equipment , food , runes , sigils
    I have 0% need for my old heroes in demo mod.
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  • AeanderAeander Walker, LAMember RarePosts: 1,598
    Torval said:
    So if I'm not missing out then why even buy it? The effort seems a little half-assed. They could have made an interesting event and let players experience a small piece of the content.
    Demo characters are the best approach to something like this, because of the following reasons.

    1) They need a way to allow new players to experience this endgame content without permanently affecting their accounts.

    2) They need to ensure that all players are similarly geared for testing content balance.

    3) They need a way to ensure that the demo will not directly impact the game's economy. 

    4) They want permanent unlocks of expansion rewards to occur with the expansion, not beforehand. This is important in order to preserve the expansion's early experience.

    5) It's far easier and more practical to make a secondary demo account status than it would be to roll back all mastery unlocks, skin unlocks, and other rewards that are not intended to be obtained before the release of the expansion.
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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 15,057
    I don't care about all those reasons. They sound good but I don't care about them. The event isn't fun and the more people try and convince me there is a good reason it was okay that it sucked, the more I'm inclined to remember all the reasons I was supposed to like HoT but still don't. It's no big deal. I'm just one former fan.

    I will be interested to see how their quarterly financials go over the next year and if they'll continue to decline or if this will put them on a better revenue trend.
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  • LaedermaskenLaedermasken KumlaMember UncommonPosts: 18
    Bought the mega package with both HoTs and PoF today !
    Gw2 still is a fantastic and fun to play game !
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