ArenaNet is giving Guild Wars 2 all of the content of an expansion pack, without the expansion pack.
With nearly a year of experience under their belt, the development team of Guild Wars 2 at ArenaNet is in the full swing of things. With bi-weekly content releases, and over 3 million copies of the game shipped around the world, Guild Wars 2 is a definite major player in the MMO market right now. In order to keep their players up to date with their projections for the future, the developers at ArenaNet posted their thoughts on the future of Guild Wars 2, and provided insight on PvE and PvP progression, crafting, and player rewards.
In addition to holiday festivals, Living World updates, and the plethora of content that GW2 already offers players, ArenaNet has plenty more coming down the pipeline. The first issue the developers discuss is progression, and how they want to reward players without throwing them on the gear treadmill for all time. Instead, Guild Wars 2 will regularly add new skills and traits for each profession in game, allowing players to expand their builds and reshape core aspects of their character's concept. ArenaNet will also be adding new skill point challenges, to encourage players to test out different builds. The new skills will complement existing skills, and should provide a great way for players to make the game feel new again. As a foundational aspect of any RPG, the skills that each profession has are the bread and butter of character customization and power. By adding new skills into the mix, ArenaNet is allowing players to have a new take on how their character fights, and gives them new capabilities to synergize with whatever tasks they take on, whether PvE or PvP.
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.
Guild Wars 2 is also getting a major update to crafting in the coming months. In addition to allowing crafters to expand their skills to the new milestone of 500 skill points, a new tier of crafting materials is being made available to players, which will be used in crafting ascended items and more. GW2 is also implementing a new, account-bound crafting material reward into the completion of content objectives within the game. By playing in WvW, taking part in Living World events, completing dungeons, or other PvE and PvP activities, players will earn a cache of resources that they can use towards progression. This will allow players to choose the type of content they take part in, rather than being forced to spend time harvesting resources when they want to be fighting bad guys.
ArenaNet is also going to be changing the way that rewards are distributed in GW2. Champions, one of the highest difficulty mob type in Guild Wars 2 will now always drop a reward chest for each player who has earned a reward from that boss. The chest will contain things like crafting materials, skill points, unique item skins, lodestones, and more. The goal of this change is to make champions more rewarding to fight, and to give players an incentive to group up and fight them in the open world, rather than avoiding them. ArenaNet is also going to be upgrading the dungeon completion rewards by offering bonus gold for each dungeon that a player completes in a day. Under this new system, players who spend hours grinding the same dungeon will lose out on a big chunk of change, whereas players who vary their content will be rewarded for each new dungeon they complete per day.
Guild Wars 2 has definitely come into its own during the last year, and by the looks of it, things are only getting better. Their Living World updates have provided an endless stream of new content for players to explore, and with new skills, objectives, and rewards, it's never been a better time to check out Tyria.
Source: Guild Wars 2 News