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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns to implement new desert borderlands map to World vs World

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns to implement new desert borderlands map to World vs World

ArenaNet have revealed a new Guild Wars 2 borderlands map for their World vs World PVP mode, at this year’s EGX Rezzed, The new map will be added with the highly anticipated Heart of Thorns expansion pack, which is slated for release later this year, featuring a slew of new content.

Replacing the current borderland maps, the desert themed one will contain all sorts of goodies. Terrain integrated forts, elemental keeps, looming towers, a huge map wide Oasis event and a new siege weapon to top it all off.

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Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns' new Stronghold mode is a MOBA for MMO players

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Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns' new Stronghold mode is a MOBA for MMO players

Heart of Thorns, the upcoming expansion for Guild Wars 2, is doing a lot in the name of accessibility. Over in the PvE campaign, Arenanet are making sure this new chapter in the dense story is still the perfect gateway for a brand new player. In the PvP corner, it’s all about making a game mode that doesn’t rely on your ability to defeat every other player in single combat. 

Stronghold is the new mode that will launch with Heart of Thorns. It’s an objective-focused 5v5 game which requires players to march on an opposing team’s fortress, break down its doors, and defeat a towering Guild Lord inside. Importantly, it allows players to take on several different roles, meaning even the most rookie player on the server can successfully contribute to a victory. 

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Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns eschews tradition with its exciting new approach to profession and progression

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Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns eschews tradition with its exciting new approach to profession and progression

Few MMOs have dedicated themselves to growth with the gusto that Guild Wars 2 has. The game launched with a strong narrative-led campaign, but has continued to grow in the two-and-a-half years since. The ‘Living World’ system has been expanding the world and lore of Tyria each fortnight, and as Season 2 concluded earlier this year, some genuinely shocking revelations shook the game’s community. 

Heart of Thorns is the next step. More than just an extra chapter of story, it’s a full expansion pack. It opens up the jungle land of Maguuma, lays the foundations for a whole new levelling system, offers a MOBA-like PvP mode, and introduces a brand new profession that’s the game’s most ambitious by far. It’s the gateway to Guild Wars 2’s future, and it’s really rather exciting. 

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Guild Wars 2 will stick a camera in your head for upcoming first person view

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Guild Wars 2 will stick a camera in your head for upcoming first person view

Tyria is, unquestionably, one of the loveliest looking game worlds on PC. Its vast areas are superbly designed and bursting with colour, the perfect world to see up close. Unfortunately the closest you can get to that beautiful flower is still a distance back, since Guild Wars 2 is a third-person MMO with a fairly wide-angle view. 

This all ends in an upcoming update. Now, with just the scroll of a mouse wheel, you can jam a camera right behind your avatar’s eyes and see the world just as they do. 

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Guild Wars 2's level cap is here to stay

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Guild Wars 2's level cap is here to stay

I can’t be the only person who immediately reinstalled Guild Wars 2 after ArenaNet announced the Heart of Thorns expansion. Indeed, I know that I’m not, because Nick did the same thing. But there’s always that stressful moment, when anticipating an MMO expansion, when you prepare for the higher level gear and tougher enemies. It’s never just more content; it’s always got to be higher level content. 

This won’t be the case in Heart of Thorns, and beyond. 

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ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

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ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

Today at PAX South, ArenaNet have officially revealed the first Guild Wars 2 expansion: Heart of Thorns. Continuing with the Living Story, players will pursue Tyria’s latest threat, a dragon named Mordremoth, into the heart of Maguuma Jungle.

The expansion includes new zones, NPC races, skill and class combinations and more additions to the various PVP modes. It will also feature no new level cap, instead keeping the theme of “no gear treadmill". A new profession will also be making its way, dubbed the Revenant, which will use heavy armour and magical abilities channeled from the mists.

To celebrate the announcement, ArenaNet have also slashed the price of the digital version of Guild Wars 2 by 75%, at least until 11:59 PM PST tomorrow.

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns trademark and logo suggest an expansion on the horizon

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns trademark and logo suggest an expansion on the horizon

Guild Wars 2 has received more than a few updates since it launches in 2012, with long, episodic story arcs, PvP-focused patches and gear overhauls, but NCsoft and ArenaNet have yet to even tease an expansion. But it looks like one is now on the way.

NCSoft has trademarked Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, spotted on Reddit, which sounds expansion-y, and there’s a logo too, suggesting that an announcement isn’t far off, especially with PAX kicking off on January 24th. 

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We've got ten Guild Wars 2 t-shirts to give away. Would you like one?

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We've got ten Guild Wars 2 t-shirts to give away. Would you like one?

Oh, take the shirts off our backs, why don’t you. We jest, of course - we’re keeping our own t-shirts. This afternoon, Fraser’s wearing a full-torso print of his love letter to Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Sera. And our Jules is sporting something that appears to be a tuxedo, but on closer inspection reveals itself to be painted on. Very clever stuff.

Additionally, we’ve got ten Guild Wars 2-themed tops in various sizes just waiting to be distributed to you lot. ArenaNet consider them collectable items, and you need only answer a simple question to be in with a chance of nabbing one.

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Wintersday returns to Guild Wars 2; help Toymaker Tixx spread some festive cheer

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Wintersday returns to Guild Wars 2; help Toymaker Tixx spread some festive cheer

Tyria is in full holiday spirits with the return of Wintersday. The capital of Divinity’s Read has once again been smothered with snow and decoration, as Guild Wars 2 celebrates its traditional winter festival. 

Toymaker Tixx is back as well, with even more mischievous and rampant toy inventions. Also - if you log in every day until the event’s end, you’ll receive daily gifts from the new and revamped achievement system.

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Guild Wars 2 plants new plot twists in Seeds of Truth update; "You must become a thief"

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Guild Wars 2 plants new plot twists in Seeds of Truth update; "You must become a thief"

Tolkien had it that sentient trees were prohibitively slow workers when it came to advice or action. But ArenaNet have built their own world for one of the best MMOs on PC, in which they can do what they like. In Guild Wars 2, lions wave swords about and talking trunks direct heroes towards the next threat in the Living World's fast-moving second season.

The egg hunt that began in November with Guild Wars 2’s Tangled Paths is still ongoing. Now, the Pale Tree points players down a “strange, dark path" to retrace sylvari thief Caithe’s light steps.

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Guild Wars 2 is going on an egg hunt with Tangled Paths from November 18

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Guild Wars 2 is going on an egg hunt with Tangled Paths from November 18

You know how people get about eggs. They’ll scour supermarket shelves for duck dumpings to turn into extra-creamy omelettes. So you can imagine the fuss over dragon eggs, which are not only larger but far rarer - the two traits yolkonauts prize above all else.

The situation’s much the same in Tyria, where rumours of a wyrm zygote have given every faction in Guild Wars 2 a reason to bash each other in once again. That's the premise of Tangled Paths, the latest episode in ArenaNet’s Living World Season 2.

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Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

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Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

“The road to war is paved by points of no return" - those words from ArenaNet’s blog post couldn’t be more true, as Guild Wars 2 players prepare to bring the fight to the latest threat against Tyria: the mighty elder dragon Mordremoth, who was awoken by Scarlet at the end of Season 1. On November the 4th, the second half of the Living World Season 2 kicks off with a preemptive strike against Mordremoth’s forces.

We sat down with lead designer, Isaiah Cartwright, to talk about the update. Find out why you’re not going to want to miss the “unforgettable end" that will likely change Tyria forever.

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ArenaNet want your ideas on how raiding should work in Guild Wars 2

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ArenaNet want your ideas on how raiding should work in Guild Wars 2

Last week, ArenaNet was spotted looking for a new game designer for “raid content". Today, a forum post by studio design direction, Chris Whiteside, has confirmed that ArenaNet have their thinking hat on about bringing raids to Guild Wars 2. What’s more, is that they want your ideas too.

“Just wanted to let you know that we will be discussing raiding in the next phase of the Guild CDI."

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ArenaNet are hiring a Guild Wars 2 game designer for "raid content"

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ArenaNet are hiring a Guild Wars 2 game designer for "raid content"

Guild Wars 2 at present currently has zero raids - not counting the world bosses - but ArenaNet might be looking to change that. A new job posting for a Guild Wars 2 game designer specifically mentioning “raid content" suggests that raids are at least on the drawing board. It’s also backed up by several mentions of “Guild Raids" on the games forums, straight from the developers mouth.

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Guild Wars 2: The Dragon’s Reach: Part 2 gets new trailer

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Guild Wars 2: The Dragon’s Reach: Part 2 gets new trailer

The Dragon’s Reach: Part 2, or to give you its full title, Guild Wars 2: Season 2: Episode 4: The Dragon’s Reach: Part 2: Subsection 3: Paragraph 12, is due out on 12 August. In light of that ArenaNet have released a trailer filled to the brim with foreboding.

The Elder Dragon Mordremoth is almost upon the world of Tyria and it’s on you to organise a defence.

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