Guild Wars 2: ‘PVP about pure skill, not stats’ – ArenaNet

Thursday, 2nd August 2012 17:40 GMT By Dave Cook

Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet has answered many questions surrounding the game’s PVP system in the run up to launch, and has stressed that you don’t need to grind for months to become a master of the PVP circuit.

In an interview with ArenaNet’s Jonathan Sharp and John Carpening, the duo were asked about the studio’s philosophy to giving players everything they need to compete online from the start.

“Yes, we are staying with this philosophy. We feel it’s crucial to the success of Guild Wars 2’s PvP. We want new players to come into the community and be able to focus on learning the game, not grinding in an effort to “prepare to have fun.”

“We want you having fun as soon as possible in PvP. We offer aesthetic rewards, but never power rewards. You will never be at a statistical disadvantage when playing PvP—if anything, being a new player will get even easier down the road as we add more features.”

Thanks Guild Wars 2 Guru.



  1. roadkill

    Just as it always have been.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    Yes, but isn’t it comforting to know that they have stayed true to that format? :)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    The best thing about GW2 pvp/WvW is that you also gain XP during your battles, meaning that you can also level up.

    However the one thing you will notice missing if you are a low level player – are you’re traits and skill points.

    These add either more skills or increase the damage/healing you do and these are only unlocked every time you level up. How much of an impact this will have in later game, I dont know but either way, pvp based on SKILL rather than gear is the way forward *cough Bioware*

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Strawb

    #3: Isn’t that only in WvW? From what I can recall, in structured PvP, you have all skills and traits unlocked.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    @4 – Yes I think you are right. Structured pvp is the level playing field, and WvW is almost level but you can still kick ass in it. And holy jesus, I just love WvW and cant wait for the release

    #5 2 years ago

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