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Guild Wars 2: Beta Weekend Preview

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,595MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

The Arena.Net blog has been updated with a preview of this weekend's Guild Wars 2 beta. Included in the post are useful factoids about character carry-over, new dungeons to explore and other improvements in the game since the first weekend.

UI Improvements

MMO players are often very particular about their user interface, and we’re no exception. We’ve listened to your feedback and have refined our UI to make it even easier to use. We’ve revamped the mini-map in the bottom-right corner of the screen. The formerly round mini-map is now square and can easily be resized for better navigation.

Read the full blog post on the Guild Wars 2 site.

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  • BadSpockBadSpock Somewhere, MIPosts: 7,974Member

    OMG can't wait.

    Only get to play Saturday night/ all day Sunday, but I can't wait to get back into GW2.

  • ZekiahZekiah Aurora, COPosts: 2,499Member

    Can't wait. I need something decent to play after my Diablo 3 disappointment-fatigue.

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  • Zeus.CMZeus.CM ZagrebPosts: 1,788Member

    I love the new mini map and being able to resize it. I missed that from Guild Wars 1.

  • ValkaernValkaern OxfordPosts: 512Member

    It's refreshing to see so many little things the player base requested are just flat out in. No spin or double speak vaguely explaining why certain requested features aren't possible, they simply got to work and got them in game - and that's on top of a ton of other improvements and additions.

    That's the opposite of what I experienced in other recent betas over the past 7 months, in which suggestions like that were the equivelant of wishful thinking, and any changes we did see were tiny rather than impressive.

  • FreeBooteRFreeBooteR Surrey, BCPosts: 333Member

    The mystic stone is pretty clever. Reduces storage space clutter, while at the same time rewarding the player for doing so. Nice touch.

    Archlinux ftw

  • KuppaKuppa Boulder, COPosts: 3,292Member Uncommon

    Changes sound awesome. but more specifically the structured pvp tournies! Man, I wont be able to play much this weekend but I hope to get into one of those tournaments and check out WvW stuff.

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  • observerobserver Houston, TXPosts: 3,005Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Valkaern

    It's refreshing to see so many little things the player base requested are just flat out in. No spin or double speak vaguely explaining why certain requested features aren't possible, they simply got to work and got them in game - and that's on top of a ton of other improvements and additions.

    That's the opposite of what I experienced in other recent betas over the past 7 months, in which suggestions like that were the equivelant of wishful thinking, and any changes we did see were tiny rather than impressive.

    That's what i was thinking too.  They did all this in around 2 months or less too.  Very impressive!

  • prpshrtprpshrt Clarksville, MDPosts: 258Member

    Dunno whether I should continue leveling my guardian or make a new profession D: DAMN THE LACK OF TIME WITH NEW CONTENT! I also hope they introduce sylvari despite the fact they said that they wouldn't include em. You know, like a surprise or something. The blog did have a picture of a Sylvari Ranger soooo.... fingers crossed

  • DjildjameshDjildjamesh maasdijkPosts: 406Member Uncommon

    Chat bubbles :) zone chat :) resizeble mini map :) overflow issues :) dungeon in WvWvW :) ................. im a happy happy man :)

  • Master10KMaster10K LondonPosts: 3,065Member

    Now I'm glad they delayed the Beta Event because it gave them enough time to implement all of this. I mean seriously, this is a heck of a lot of new features and improvements to be implemented in just over a month and a lot of it was taken from the feedback people gave (especially the Overflow problem). Other supposed Triple A devs should take note and listen to the beta feedback, of their target playerbase. Maybe then we'll have less mediocre MMORPGs.

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  • Zeus.CMZeus.CM ZagrebPosts: 1,788Member
    Originally posted by FreeBooteR

    The mystic stone is pretty clever. Reduces storage space clutter, while at the same time rewarding the player for doing so. Nice touch.

    Where I can learn more about that stone? Reduces storage space clutter how?

  • Master10KMaster10K LondonPosts: 3,065Member
    Originally posted by thedarkess
    Originally posted by FreeBooteR

    The mystic stone is pretty clever. Reduces storage space clutter, while at the same time rewarding the player for doing so. Nice touch.

    Where I can learn more about that stone? Reduces storage space clutter how?

    Talking about the Mystic Forge and it's in the Blog Post... Read it.

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  • VannorVannor YorkshirePosts: 2,970Member Uncommon

    I was happy with the way the game was last beta.. if they'd have released it then it would have been my money well spent IMO. But it just keeps getting better and better. I've never seen a game improve so much (in theory, we are yet to try it) in such a short amount of time.

  • ReskaillevReskaillev mechelenPosts: 157Member
    Originally posted by Master10K
    Originally posted by thedarkess
    Originally posted by FreeBooteR

    The mystic stone is pretty clever. Reduces storage space clutter, while at the same time rewarding the player for doing so. Nice touch.

    Where I can learn more about that stone? Reduces storage space clutter how?

    Talking about the Mystic Forge and it's in the Blog Post... Read it.

    Actually there's also a mystic stone in the cashshop and we are wondering what it does -_-

    .hope it ain't necessary to use the mystic forge

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  • Epierce41Epierce41 Ann Arbor, MIPosts: 23Member

    Sounds like some great changes.  Unfortunately it looks like we're only getting 500 more gems.  So no server transfers for those who wanted to switch to a friend's server.  Other than that, awesome stuff.  It's refreshing to see a company that listens to player feedback.

     
  • Zeus.CMZeus.CM ZagrebPosts: 1,788Member
    Originally posted by Epierce41

    Sounds like some great changes.  Unfortunately it looks like we're only getting 500 more gems.  So no server transfers for those who wanted to switch to a friend's server.  Other than that, awesome stuff.  It's refreshing to see a company that listens to player feedback.

     

    Well as long as you don't care about playing WvW with friends you can play everything else on their server.

  • Xstatic912Xstatic912 New York, NYPosts: 365Member
    This is what happen when your game is well thought out and has a flexible engine.. Stuff can get fixed quickly and implementation of stuff is easier, Trion also proved this..

    Now let's begin the testing again..
  • Epierce41Epierce41 Ann Arbor, MIPosts: 23Member
    Originally posted by thedarkess
    Originally posted by Epierce41

    Sounds like some great changes.  Unfortunately it looks like we're only getting 500 more gems.  So no server transfers for those who wanted to switch to a friend's server.  Other than that, awesome stuff.  It's refreshing to see a company that listens to player feedback.

     

    Well as long as you don't care about playing WvW with friends you can play everything else on their server.

    That's kind of exactly what I wanted to do, lol

  • gaeanprayergaeanprayer Somewhere Out There, PAPosts: 2,320Member Uncommon

    Holy crap, all good things come to those who wait indeed. That's a HUGE amount of work in such a short amount of time. So excited >_< Crap, and I had meant to ignore the beta this weekend. Not going to happen, now.

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  • FalstaffFalstaff Attica, OHPosts: 72Member Uncommon

    Gaming laptop had to be shipped out for repairs, gonna have to try and play on old desktop @ 5fps  :(

  • evolver1972evolver1972 Port Orchard, WAPosts: 1,118Member

    Seems like Anet have been working their asses off!  Can't wait to see the changes!

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  • orbitxoorbitxo fort lauderdale, FLPosts: 1,405Member Uncommon

    yah last beta was seemless!-cant wait to play!

  • AuzyAuzy Dallas, TXPosts: 611Member

    ...uhhh wow  talk about the bosses crackin the whip!  Thats more features than WoW released in the Cata xpac.

    Uhh... what?
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  • zevenzeroszevenzeros Littlerock, CAPosts: 50Member
    Originally posted by Epierce41
    Originally posted by thedarkess
    Originally posted by Epierce41

    Sounds like some great changes.  Unfortunately it looks like we're only getting 500 more gems.  So no server transfers for those who wanted to switch to a friend's server.  Other than that, awesome stuff.  It's refreshing to see a company that listens to player feedback.

     

    Well as long as you don't care about playing WvW with friends you can play everything else on their server.

    That's kind of exactly what I wanted to do, lol

    In the last beta they made server transfers free to anyone at anytime.

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