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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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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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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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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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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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Guild Wars 2 Free As A Bird Soon, AND THIS BIR- Ok, Ok

If I could skateboard (I gave up trying to learn after clumsily busting a board) I'd skate everywhere. When rolling is an option, walking is surely pedestrian. Beyond the bounds of the skatepark, I'd insist upon skating down to the shops, over hills, through bogs, and up the stairs in my building. Walking be damned! And yet MMOs keep adding fancy new modes of locomotion…

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Guild Wars 2: Heart Of Thorns Now Raiding In Spirit Vale

Free-to-play MMO Guild Wars 2 [official site] launched its first paid expansion last month, and now the first raid from Heart of Thorns has started opening up for would-be heroes. Spirit Vale is the first wing of the raid, offering a ten-person challenge with nasty monsters to pummel and the chance to gain... such prizes.

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Guild Wars 2: Heart Of Thorns Expansion Released

Guild Wars 2 was always subscription-free, but since August you don't even need to buy it to play. That's kinda free-to-play, but sorta not, since the base game hasn't been filled with loads of extra microtransaction bits to squeeze players. What won't be free is its expansions, and today the first of those arrived. Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns [official site] launched this morning.…

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Guild Wars 2 Is Going Free

Guild Wars 2 is going free. That's free, not free-to-play. "We’re not using the words free-to-play with Guild Wars 2," says ArenaNet president and co-founder Mike O'Brien when I talk to him about the changes via email. "We believe in buy to play, and we know that when people describe something as free-to-play that comes with expectations." Those expectations are that free-to-play games require heavy…

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Secret Clubhouse: Guild Wars 2 Expansion’s Guild Halls

You and your Guild Wars 2 [officail site] guildmates will get a secret clubhouse to hang out in with the Heart of Thorns expansion, as it reintroduces guild halls from the first game. They'll be a lot swankier this time around, involving a lot more work and giving you more to do as you build and customise them, as developers ArenaNet have explained in great…

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Game Of Thorns: Test Out Guild Wars 2’s First Expansion

ArenaNet are letting seep a slow drip of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns [official site], the sequel's first expansion pack. There's still no release date, but starting May 26th you have a chance to test out some of the new PvE content in the closed beta - if you completed the key tasks. If not, well, you can probably watch it streamed.

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First Look: Guild Wars 2 – Heart of Thorns

Guild Wars 2 [official site] launched with a promise – to fix MMOs. Strident, attention-grabbing, patently doomed schtick that was nevertheless suffused with just enough gosh-shucks-darn-it-I-want-to-see-them-try zest to make it a journey worth tracking. That was two years ago. The mission met with mixed results, as lead designer Isaiah Cartwright admitted to me when we spoke in Brighton during a hands-on with the game's first…

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Update Will Let You See Through The Eyes Of Your Guild Wars 2 Character

A Guild Wars 2 [official site] patch will introduce a first-person camera mode to the MMO on 10 March. As far as I recall the only times you get a truly unimpeded view of the landscape is when you trigger the cinematic sequences associated with activating a vista point (I have a lot of screenshots from those vistas). After the patch is released zooming in…

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