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Guild Wars 2: Incoming PvP Changes Include Tournaments & Arenas

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,632MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

ArenaNet's Jonathan Sharp has penned a new developer blog on the official Guild Wars 2 site that details some of the incoming changes to the PvP feature. He outlines both paid and free automated PvP tournaments, custom arenas, and why the team has chosen these features over other changes to PvP.

We hear a lot of the things you’ve asked for.  And the truth is, a lot of the features you want will be added in the future. Just because we don’t do everything you want, exactly when you want it, does not mean we aren’t listening. There’s a ton of stuff we want tell you about – just not yet. The features we’re adding now will go a long way in helping the sPvP community grow, but there’s still more to do. Again, we don’t like talking about features until we’re ready to show them.  We don’t like empty promises, and we know you don’t either. But, at the same time, we do want you to know that other features are coming!  We’re trying to strike that balance in this blog post.

So why are we adding paid tournaments and custom arenas first? Why not other features first?

Read the full post on the Guild Wars 2 site.

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  • GolbezTheLionGolbezTheLion Los Angeles, CAPosts: 332Member Uncommon

    Looking forward to the coming changes, looks like a great start to me ;)

    Keep up the good work ANet.

  • xausxaus HullPosts: 34Member
    Sounds like a good way for Anet to make some cash.
  • RocknissRockniss Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,034Member
    Sounds like a good reason to move on already, twas fun, audios amigos
  • Paragus1Paragus1 Philadelphia, PAPosts: 1,739Member Uncommon
    I'd like to see them really focus on more on the WvWvW side of the game.
  • MLecl0001MLecl0001 Saint Paul, MNPosts: 153Member
    Based on their earlier blog posts on split up dev teams I do not think this team is involved with the WvW.  If you read the blog post this is written by the spvp group, so I do not know why they would be writing a blog post on the future items for WvW changes/fixes/etc.

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

  • RocknissRockniss Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,034Member
    ^^ put some more tape on your glasses man, he just said what he would like.
  • azmundaiazmundai St Louis, MOPosts: 1,417Member

    sPVP is the worst part of the game imo .. this doesn't look to change it all that much.

    I was bored with this game after level 40 .. killing all the exact same mobs in different zones and zerging down dynamic events that dont really change the world in any meaningful way .. all while pretending the yellow bars aren't a quest grind got boring way too fast. even Orr is just boring. run to the orange thing, cast aoe, run to the next orange thing on the map, cast more aoe .. so boring.

    crafting looked awesome at first glance .. except that the discovery system is really just discovering the exact same patterns over and over again with Fangs instead of Tiny Fangs .. who cares? Cooking was fun and probably the only reason I actually made it all the way to 80 .. but even WvW is just boring. 90% of the time I was either banging on doors in an empty keep, or begging for more than 5 people to show up to the fully upgraded keep holding the orb, only to watch it get destroyed .. depending on which week it was.

    i already cancelled my sub, so .. w/e .. /srsnod

    LFD tools are great for cramming people into content, but quality > quantity.
    I am, usually on the sandbox .. more "hardcore" side of things, but I also do just want to have fun. So lighten up already :)

  • YamotaYamota LondonPosts: 6,620Member
    pfft... this game needs improvments to WvW not this stupid sPvP which is completely separate from the real game.
  • Creslin321Creslin321 Baltimore, MDPosts: 5,359Member

    Yeah I liked this post, though I think spectator mode should have been a priority 1 feature as well.

    sPvP as it stands now is fun, but IMO, is missing too many features to get an eSport following yet.  The core is there, I truly believe that the basic PvP gameplay in GW2 is good enough for eSport level competition...but it really needs features that make it easier to setup matches, and spectate/replay for commentators to make videos about.

    SC2 had an AWESOME replay/spectate feature, and I think that is by and large what caused so many YouTube videos to be made about it.

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  • PurutzilPurutzil East Stroudsburg, PAPosts: 2,924Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by xaus
    Sounds like a good way for Anet to make some cash.

    ^ All it really sounds like. Investing in stuff that earns them cash and neglecting features people really want such as leaderboard. If only they realize adding that generates cash by getting more people to play and thus people more likely to spend money on the game. Instead they went with features that they can charge the player for. At least the paid tournament (which you get 0 out of expect loot and some gems which can't be turned back into cash) has spawned fixing up the regular tornament. 

  • RocknissRockniss Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,034Member
    When the fish bites, set the hook!!!
  • TenebrionTenebrion Hallandale, FLPosts: 179Member
    What a lazy and misleading title for this article.

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  • RefMinorRefMinor MyTownPosts: 3,452Member
    I hope they inroduce Pokemon type mini pet battles, along with these changes that will really sort out the immersion issue.
  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,930Member Uncommon
    This is basically the lowest area on my wish list for the game.  Hopefully they please the players they are targeting.
  • ste2000ste2000 londonPosts: 4,706Member Uncommon
    Oh God, here they start the WoW patches.............
  • halflife25halflife25 Toronto, ONPosts: 737Member
    Originally posted by ste2000
    Oh God, here they start the WoW patches.............

    We hear a lot of the things you’ve asked for.  And the truth is, a lot of the features you want will be added in the future. Just because we don’t do everything you want, exactly when you want it, does not mean we aren’t listening.

     

    Community rules. If there is demand for certain feature Anet will add it. (if they like the idea ofcourse)

    And wtf is a WOW patch?

  • BenbradaBenbrada Plainfield, ILPosts: 328Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by xaus
    Sounds like a good way for Anet to make some cash.

    I'm all for these little "cash oppurtunities" if it leads to longevity and more content down the road.

    I just hope other people think the same and support some of it with $$, e.g. personally I had no quibble on spending $20 real cash on Gems in order to maintain the lifeline of this game and get some chest keys and bag space.

  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,279Member Uncommon

    The first two things are already in game.

     

    The "arenas" are are exactly like WoW wargames. Nobody did wargames. 

    http://www.wowpedia.org/War_Game wargames

    "Using the War Games feature, groups of players can challenge one another to player versus player combat that affects neither ratings nor currency but is intended solely for fun, practice, or recruitment." 

     

    they replaced skirmishes with wargames. people are still pissed 2 years later.

    http://hydramist.tv/arena/bring-back-skirmishes-in-mists-of-pandaria/

     

     

    There they go trying to "redefine" things...

  • Ramonski7Ramonski7 Aurora, ILPosts: 2,656Member Uncommon

    I don't know where they are mining their data from but sPvP is the portion of the game I have the least desire to participate in anymore. I tried to enjoy the arena but with the terrible auto-balancing (I heard they applied a fix to it) and the huge grind (I think I only hit tier 7 of 10 with the achievement bar), I simply decided to move on. Crazy how I'm sitting on half a dozen or so tournament tickets and have no desire to use them as I know I'll just be steamrolled without a proper team.

     

    Just goes to show you that not every feature is for every player.

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  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,279Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Ramonski7

    I don't know where they are mining their data from but sPvP is the portion of the game I have the least desire to participate in anymore. I tried to enjoy the arena but with the terrible auto-balancing (I heard they applied a fix to it) and the huge grind (I think I only hit tier 7 of 10 with the achievement bar), I simply decided to move on. Crazy how I'm sitting on half a dozen or so tournament tickets and have no desire to use them as I know I'll just be steamrolled without a proper team.

     

    Just goes to show you that not every feature is for every player.

    GW2 does not and even with this update have "arenas" image

  • romanator0romanator0 Glendora, CAPosts: 2,382Member
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Originally posted by Ramonski7

    I don't know where they are mining their data from but sPvP is the portion of the game I have the least desire to participate in anymore. I tried to enjoy the arena but with the terrible auto-balancing (I heard they applied a fix to it) and the huge grind (I think I only hit tier 7 of 10 with the achievement bar), I simply decided to move on. Crazy how I'm sitting on half a dozen or so tournament tickets and have no desire to use them as I know I'll just be steamrolled without a proper team.

     

    Just goes to show you that not every feature is for every player.

    GW2 does not and even with this update have "arenas" image

    Semantics. For all intents and purposes structured PvP maps are arenas.

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  • Ramonski7Ramonski7 Aurora, ILPosts: 2,656Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Originally posted by Ramonski7

    I don't know where they are mining their data from but sPvP is the portion of the game I have the least desire to participate in anymore. I tried to enjoy the arena but with the terrible auto-balancing (I heard they applied a fix to it) and the huge grind (I think I only hit tier 7 of 10 with the achievement bar), I simply decided to move on. Crazy how I'm sitting on half a dozen or so tournament tickets and have no desire to use them as I know I'll just be steamrolled without a proper team.

     

    Just goes to show you that not every feature is for every player.

    GW2 does not and even with this update have "arenas" image

    Sorry it's just my way of seperating tournaments from hot join

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  • orbitxoorbitxo fort lauderdale, FLPosts: 1,408Member Uncommon

    Judging only for what it is the spvp dept.

     

    I like how frank the blog was talking like a true pvper. If these issues are beign attended to-it must be becouse they are tracking down spvp.

     

    right now there is so much i have been covering outside spvp-that this dosent really appeal to me atm.

    Dungeons and wvw are my interest atm,spvp will come later...

     

     
  • SirFubarSirFubar SeoulPosts: 397Member
    Originally posted by Creslin321

    Yeah I liked this post, though I think spectator mode should have been a priority 1 feature as well.

    sPvP as it stands now is fun, but IMO, is missing too many features to get an eSport following yet.  The core is there, I truly believe that the basic PvP gameplay in GW2 is good enough for eSport level competition...but it really needs features that make it easier to setup matches, and spectate/replay for commentators to make videos about.

    SC2 had an AWESOME replay/spectate feature, and I think that is by and large what caused so many YouTube videos to be made about it.

    All those features are planned to be added to the game at some point. I can't wait to have them!!

  • SirBalinSirBalin Joppa, MDPosts: 1,150Member Uncommon
    Should have had these at launch...they really think the pvpers would just do basically bgs when we start out at max already and be okay with that?  nope...

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