ArenaNet to release content faster than any other Western studio.
ArenaNet, the developer behind the massive fantasy MMO Guild Wars 2, have revealed the next living world content update coming to the game. Bazaar of the Four Winds is scheduled to go live on July 9, and will include new events, rewards, and storylines revolving around a merchant gathering. Additionally, ArenaNet have confirmed their plans to maintain an impressive two-week release schedule for big content updates like this one.
In Bazaar of the Four Winds, players will be able to check out a market filled with shady characters and folks selling special magic crystals that give players new types of movement skills. The update will also bring a new mini-game, a race, a Sky Svavenger Hunt, new rewards, the account achievement rewards system, and a new PvP map, Skyhammer.
The Belcher's Bluff mini-game will allow players to test their Omnoberry Juice drinking skills. The mini-game is a permanent addition to Guild Wars 2 and players will even be able to challenge friends with the game's PvP mode.
The Sanctum Spirit Race will challenge players to race through an obstacle course. Players will have to leap over barriers, fly through the air, and more in order to come out on top. The Lessons from the Sky Scavenger Hunt will also test the skills of players, tasking them to explore hard-to-reach places in the Labyrinthine Cliffs while searching for Sky Crystals.
As for rewards, players will be able to earn special back items for competing in the Sanctum Sprint. For completing the meta achievement for the Bazaar of the Four Winds update, players will get a special quartz resource node in their home instance.
The world of Guild Wars 2 is filled with thousands of dynamic events that constantly change based on the actions of players like you. Fast-paced, action-oriented combat lets you attack on the move, dodge and roll away from enemy blows, team up with other players, and take advantage of environmental weapons to dominate the battlefield! Competitive play in Guild Wars 2 is easy to learn, but offers challenges for new players and hardcore PvPers alike. Guild Wars 2 is your story - your choices determine how your personal story evolves, and with thousands of possible variations, no two players will have the exact same experience.
Once there, you can harvest the node to get quartz, which is a material needed for new recipes which are also being added in this update. For those who finish the Lessons from the Sky achievement, you'll be awarded with a mini Zephyr Sanctum airship model.
Bazaar of the Four Winds will also introduce the Skyhammer PvP map. In Skyhammer, players will battle for control of three capture points while using Asura jump pads to avoid shattering floor panels and a floating cannon that rains down death from above.
The update will also bring the Account Achievement Reward System. With this feature, players will be able to unlock things like exclusive new armor skins, weapon skins, permanent account bonuses, laurels, gems, gold, powerful items, and PvP and WvW rewards for earning achievement points.
According to ArenaNet, the team have developed a system internally that will allow them to push out content every two weeks. We recently spoke to Guild Wars 2's Studio Design Director, Chris Whiteside, about the process in-depth, and will have the entire interview available very soon.
For now, take a look at the new Skyhammer PvP map in the video below.