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Guild Wars 2

3 weeks ago

Feature: Cat cameos

The pets immortalised in videogames by their developer owners

Matthew Holland never planned to add his dogs to Divinity: Original Sin 2. It happened on a lark, but turned into a wholesome story about his two canine companions. Holland worked as a scripter at Larian, the studio behind the fantasy RPG. While they were designing Fort Joy, an introductory island prison, the team came up with a quest about two separated dogs who wanted…

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3 months ago

Guild Wars 2 players hold gatherings in gratitude to laid-off ArenaNet staff

With MMO developer ArenaNet recently becoming the latest in a long string of studios laying off developers, Guild Wars 2 players have been gathering in the game to show their appreciation for those who find themselves without jobs. Multiple events saw people from all over the world meeting up under the Lion’s Arch, toasting with body-changing tonics, and setting off fireworks in commemoration of the…

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Guild Wars 2 developers lay off numerous workers

It's another day in the games industry, which means another bunch of talented people have lost their jobs. Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet have confirmed that "staff reductions" are being made "due to the cancellation of unannounced projects". They claim that "the Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 game services will not be affected, nor is any upcoming game content cancelled." Game: (supposedly) fine. Lives:…

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5 months ago

Guild Wars 2’s fourth season peaks with a Crystal Dragon hunt

Guild Wars 2 got a little off track with Path Of Fire's god-hunting story arc, but tomorrow those with their sights on the deadliest game of all (Elder Dragons, duh) should be pleased. Season four, episode five of the MMORPG's 'living world' updates goes live tomorrow adding a new mountain zone to explore, a chunk of new story, and what sounds like a nigh-suicidal plan…

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8 months ago

Guild Wars 2’s premium currency unavailable in Belgium as legal pressure builds

Loot boxes are retreating across the Belgian front as Guild Wars 2 apparently becomes the latest game to axe sales of premium currency in the country, as reported by Gamasutra. While subscription-free (and free-to-play in general, if you don't mind missing out on expansions), Arenanet's successful MMORPG has always had loot boxes. The in-game premium shop offers keys to unlock randomly dropped boxes, as well…

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11 months ago

ArenaNet throw two Guild Wars 2 writers to the wolves

ArenaNet have fired two Guild Wars 2 writers for tweets they made this past week. In doing so, they've thrown their lot in with players and harassers who make unreasonable demands of game developers. Good work, ArenaNet. Let's start at the beginning. On July 3rd, Jessica Price wrote an interesting Twitter thread about the challenges of writing compelling player characters in MMORPGs. In response to…

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Hop on your (beetle) bike for Guild Wars 2’s next episode

The star of Guild Wars 2's latest expansion - Path of Fire - was undoubtedly its mounts. The best I've seen in an MMO, with a real sense of weight and inertia and with reason to exist beyond getting you quickly from point A to B. On top of the now-standard new zone and story quests, next week's big update (Season 4, Episode 3: Long…

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1 year ago

Guild Wars 2’s next Living World episode features a heist, and a spooky magi-technological lab

Guild Wars 2 fans, it's time to mark up your calendar again. As has become the standard format for the successful MMORPG, a second episode of Living World content - this one titled A Bug In The System - is on its way, bringing new sights to see, new monsters to bop and new loot to hoard. It's been three months since the release of…

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2 years ago

Guild Wars 2’s fourth season of new content begins soon

Guild Wars 2 might not be the talk of the town anymore, but the fast-paced MMO is still chugging along nicely, with a major new desert-themed expansion - Path of Fire - released just this September. It's really rather good, bringing some satisfyingly weighty-feeling mounts to the game, making exploring feel fresh and fun again. For those who bought Path of Fire and have already hammered…

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Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire expansion is now out

Arenanet's MMORPG Guild Wars 2 [official site] has begun its adventure to new (old) lands with the launch of its second expansion. Path of Fire returns to the Crystal Desert and kingdom Elona, from the first game, on a mission to give the god of war a good kicking. To help boot his molten teeth clean out, players will get new mounts, new elite specialisations,…

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Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire holding free preview weekend

With Guild Wars 2 [official site] venturing off to new lands (well, old - from the first game) in its Path of Fire expansion next month, developers ArenaNet are inviting all and sundry in for a cheeky peek this weekend. All and sundry are invited to visit the Crystal Desert in a "preview weekend" starting on Friday, no pre-order or purchase necessary. The Crystal Desert…

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Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire coming in September

The second paid expansion for free-to-play fantasy MMORPG Guild Wars 2 [official site] will launch on September 22nd, developers ArenaNet announced today. Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire will return to the Crystal Desert from the first game along with Elona from its Nightfall expansion. Continuing to follow and fight the return of the god of war, Path of Fire will also introduce mounts and…

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Guild Wars 2 announcing second expansion next week

Almost five years since Guild Wars 2 [official site] launched and two years since the MMORPG's first expansion kicked off, developers Arenanet are winding up a second. They've announced plans to announce the second GW2 expansion on August 1st. Yes, this is one of those irksome announcements of announcements but we have our own local Guild Wars mob in Rock, Paper, Signet so this is,…

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Feature: Family gaming

State of the Art: Guild Wars 2’s art passes from father to son

Recently I had the chance to talk to ArenaNet (and thus Guild Wars 2) art director Horia Dociu about his work at the studio. One of the interesting things about his promotion to the role is that he succeeds his father, Daniel. As a result there's a lot in our Q&A which is actually just a touching account of a partnership/mentor/mentee relationship across two generations…

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Adventure with the RPS community in Guild Wars 2 on Saturday

A group of RPS readers are embarking upon a merry tour of Guild Wars 2 this weekend, and you're all invited - no purchase necessary. The folks of Rock, Paper, Signet are visiting the American servers for the first time for a whistlestop 'Fresh Start' tour of each race's starting zone. Expect adventure, action, and plenty of larking about. Focusing on the starting zones means…

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Feature: And why developers should do more

The power of gaming communities

For three years, many of my evenings and weekends have been spent online with the Rock, Paper, Shotgun community – posting announcements, managing servers, and hosting events. By doing this I’ve met hundreds of people and have developed some great friendships. I've enhanced the experience of playing games for myself and others, and in the process I've gained skills to progress my career in ‘real…

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3 years ago

Feature: Welcome to the big time, pal!

The RPG Scrollbars: Size Matters

Even by Blizzard's standards, The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan is taking the piss. In case you missed it, which I know you didn't, but work with me here, it's the newest Hearthstone expansion. The trailer is wonderful. The setting is a corrupt crime-town full of gangsters, hoodlums and mugs, all fighting for cash and control in a tongue-in-cheek mix of Lord of the Rings and…

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Who’s Boo In Halloween Video Game Events

The Big Spooky isn't until Monday but plenty of games are already celebrating Halloween with special events for people with nerves of steel and eyes in the back of their head. If you're feeling extra brave, check out our collection of spookyspoos going on this weekend. This isn't a definitive list, mind, just a fair spread of things you might fancy trying. Do share your…

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Feature: Heroes behind bars

The RPG Scrollbars: MMO Jails And Virtual Porridge

Backstage areas have always fascinated me. Behind the scenes in theatres, where all the glitz and glamour dies instantly the moment you step where the public isn't meant to see - down lethal staircases and in filthy preparation rooms. The tunnels in places like Walt Disney World, where cast members travel to avoid ruining the magic, and tough security guards probably not wearing mouse ears…

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Feature: Defending your home away from home

The RPG Scrollbars: Invasion – Azeroth (And Others)

As many hours as I've spent playing them over the years, MMORPGs always fill me with a touch of sadness for what they could have been. I'm thinking of the original optimistic dreams of people like Richard Garriott, talking of his world where players accidentally killing too many sheep would draw the wrath of a nearby, now hungry dragon, back in that innocent time before…

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