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In the beginning I hated gw2 for many reasons. Most of these were unfair comparisons to GW1, a game which has no jumping or super fancy animations. Over time I started to enjoy gw2 for what it was and not what I wanted it to be.
As my perspective shifted I started to appreciate just how much they have changed the game (for good or bad) for the cost of the box price.
I see many people complaining that the expansion 'isn't worth it' or that 'it's too small' which is a fair call if you compared it to a GW1 expansion. Now I was pretty hyped for the announcement event and honestly I came away from it disappointed because of what I wanted and not what they're giving. Even I think the expansion is small and light. However this brings me to what they have already achieved in GW box set after launch.
While there are many quality of life improvements made but I'm going to focus on talking about content in terms of maps / extra zones / new enemies.
I think it started with southsun cove Which introduced a number of new enemies and a new type of enemy. A new world boss was included in this update as well.
Super Adventure box was the most impressive april fools event I've ever seen. Everything was new in that area.
Fractals - over 10 mini dungeons (I don't do these often) added free of charge. Used existing enemies but has some impressive level design.
Later came Dry Top and Silverwastes, two very impressive maps having learned from their many many mistakes over the living story arcs. I personally enjoy jumping puzzles and hidden places so these places spoke out to me.
(I've excluded seasonal things because we expect those - included SAB because it was simply incredible)
Now at the launch of HoT there will be only one new area, the size of which is uncertain, but we don't really know what will happen after launch. What kind of updates they have planned for the said systems they are introducing. What kind of updates have to be re-prioritized due to player feedback.
So after letting the hype train die down a little bit, at least until they tease us with details, I am left to wonder how many years of updates that this 're-imagining of the core pillars' will provide.
How much content will we REALLY be getting until the next expansion? The answer to that lies in the future and behind a paywall. A paywall I am more than willing to break with money.
Play for fun. Play to win. Play for perfection. Play with friends. Play in another world. Why do you play?