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Guild Wars 2 expansion & ‘consistent free content updates’ teased

Monday, 17 September 2012 15:29 GMT By Dave Cook

Guild Wars 2 will receive a strong of consistent new content absolutely free of charge, ArenaNet’s game director Colin Johanson has confirmed. He also made mention of the game’s first full expansion.

Johanson discussed the issue of additional Guild Wars 2 content over on the game’s official forums.

“No need to buy them,” Johanson stated, “Gw2 will feature consistent free content updates and in-game events going forward. Our goal is to make it so you get more from Gw2 for free than you get from a game you pay a subscription for.”

Johanson added, “On top of a large amount of free bonus content, we will be expanding on offerings in the Black Lion Trading Company going forward, as well as be doing large-scale expansion content down the road.”

“We’ll cover a lot of the details on the kind of support and plans we have in place over the next month or so on the Gw2 blog and with our press partners. We do appreciate that you’d like to buy lots of new content, but we’d prefer to give a lot of it to you for free, cause that’s what we think a responsible MMO company does.”

Thanks PCGamesN.

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24 Comments

  1. viralshag

    Nice.

    To be honest though the only free content I would really like now is some more bank space.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    @1 Dude, I was thinking the exact same thing.

    I’d be satisfied if they’d just allow for individual banks for each character, but it’s obvious that they really want to push you to buy some gems.

    I’m pretty sure that plays a huge role in the exploration/Chest rewards too. You get so many useless unique items that take up space, and you have nowhere to store them.

    I’m forced to delete them for the sake of crafting.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Hcw87

    The gems required for extra bank space is like 1-2g or something, and that’s an obscenely small amount. Use the Gold>Gem converter on the Trading Post.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. GrimRita

    #3 is right. If you play the market well, you can end up getting a few gems for your cash. Best rate I have seen is 40 gems for 10s, lowest 28 gems for 10s. I always use 10s as a guide so I can quickly see if its worth changing.

    I purchased £100 worth of gems to get bank tabs and extra storage but now I dont think I will need to buy anything, apart from armour skins and boosts.

    Either way, I dont mind paying for content or expansions but I really want them to nail the Trading Post. Its so stupid that items cost MORE to make then they do to sell. However, I have also managed to buy a certain popular crafting material for cheap and then sell it for around 60c profit each.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. viralshag

    It’s not really that small an amount. The AH doesn’t make you that much money as everything is just undercut to near vendor level prices. Skill books cost you about 3 gold in total. Travelling by waypoint costs about a silver each time. Gathering tools at a decent level sets you back about 12 silver for a full set of each. And quests don’t offer that much.

    In game money goes out much faster than it comes in. In my experience anyway. As with a lot of this game, in order to make enough to buy what I consider the basic necessities, requires a lot more of my time than it’s worth.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    You just need to play the markets viral. I was a chef and making a few coins on mostly mats, since anything the Chef did make, wasnt worth selling on the TP because, as you pointed out – there’s just no money in it.

    So – Recently, I looked at both Gold and Silver ores/ignots then checked to see how much things like Gold/Silver bands, settings, hooks etc are selling for on the TP.

    I then place an order for either Ore or ingots, depending on which is best priced(remember it takes 2 ore to craft 1 ingot) and then making(in this case Gold/Silver settings), yielding me an over night profit of 3G.

    Sure, it takes time to look into these things but when you have a market as bad as the one in GW2 currently, you need to think like a Banker! LOL

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    I have the same experience as viralshag. Spending a gold on gems is more than half of my gold, and that also needs to be set aside for a bunch of other money sinks, like upgrading your profession. I fail to see how that’s an obscenely small amount.

    There’s really no reason why they couldn’t make character-specific banks, but that’s the sort of thing you run into in a game based on micro-transactions.

    You could play the mats market, I guess I’ll have to, but honestly, it should be possible to make a profit on the weapons you pick up. You’re essentially just trying to fix the fact that the ingame economy is anemic by design.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. roadkill

    Typical of Anet, giving stuff for free unlike other companies who ask money for it. This is how it should be done. I mean, how f**ked up in the head do you have to be to actually pay money for those things!?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Hcw87

    I earn around 1g per day just by casually playing the game at lvl 80. I usually vendor every green/yellow/white drop that i get, since the actual mats you get from salvaging them are worth less than what you get by vendoring. Ofcourse, i check every item first to see if it’s worth a fair bit on the TP. Getting 100% on the zones at maximum level also earns you alot of cash.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. GrimRita

    DSB – until the economy some how gets ‘fixed’, you just have to play the markets. Its time consuming but its probably THE quickest way to make cash quickly.

    To be honest I am stunned at how somethings work out. One crafting mat is selling on the TP for around 1s.20c-1s.50c but I place an order @65-75c depending on how high those prices are. I then RESELL that same item for the prices of 1s20/1s50!

    And, what makes matters worse, it actually costs me LESS, then making this item myself doing it this way! lol.

    So you can see the return I can achieve when buying in bulk, but we warned, ONLY purchase small amounts at first – say 10-30 in quantity of anything, until you’ve found the right item. You want to make money, not lose it! Oh, and DO take into account the TP fee in your maths :)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. viralshag

    @6, You’re probably right. I’ve never been one to play the whole MMO market thing. Honestly, I’ve never really been that good at it which is why I tend not to bother.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    Time to get out the notepad and spreadsheet :P

    #12 2 years ago
  13. viralshag

    Haha, tell me about it. When a game turns too much into a job is where I feel like something has gone wrong.

    I’ll just open up a new tab on my finances spreadsheet specifically for GW2. I’ll work out how many orders of copper, platinum and mithril I need when I’m sorting out my utility payments. ;)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. jd2012

    As for bank space. GW2 already gives far more free than any other game does. You can also craft your own player bags to get more space, and it costs you nothing but crafting them… creating larger bags.

    The crafting items you collect/find also have their own FREE storage section… that holds MANY different items. A rough estimate is over 320 slots for different unlimited crafting items. NO other game does that for free.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @14 MMOs have been allowing you to craft bags for over a decade now.

    Nobody’s critisizing collections, it’s a great feature, but they don’t cover the materials you craft yourself, which is where the problem starts.

    If you have two characters with four different trade skills, then you’re going to run out of space very quickly.

    And it doesn’t have to happen. Most other MMOs have been providing character-specific banks for over a decade, which would completely solve the problem.

    That, or allowing you to purchase slots with regular currency – Another thing that most other MMOs have been letting you do since times immemorial.

    Of course it would mean fewer gems sold for ArenaNet, and that’s obviously the reasoning for doing it that way.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. GrimRita

    I think the entire problem started (with storage) once TP didnt work for a week. Its created a huge surplus of stuff, created the problems with pricing and lack of storage!

    Im sure it will all balance itself soon enough.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. viralshag

    What I would like to see is like what they have in the sPvP zone, a wardrobe sort of thing where I can store crafted items or gear.

    @14, DSB is right. The set it up that way so suckers like Grim would spend an extra £100 on storage space…

    Only messing mate :p

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Hybridpsycho

    How about they fix all the fucking broken skill points and dynamic events first?

    Honestly, don’t wanna flame but it’s terrible. Truly a turn-off to try and do anything when everything outside WvW/Dungeons is broken.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    There are a lot of issues keeping the NPCs in the right spot apparently. Once an NPC disappears into the ground or a wall you’re screwed.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. GrimRita

    I havent found anything broken. Ive heard that a couple of things arent working but hey, its a massive game. But yes, no excuses!

    @17 :-p

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    It’s just random stuff. It’s almost always the events where you have to escort NPCs. Sometimes they fall through the ground, others they get stuck in a wall or a structure.

    They don’t seem to recover automatically, and I don’t know if ArenaNet have a GM system so they can reset them manually or what.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. jacobvandy

    The elegantly simple solution to not needing extra storage space for the stuff you craft is… Don’t craft intermediate materials that you don’t need. ZOMG HEAD ASPLODE!

    Seriously, I don’t know why you would do that. It’s pretty easy to figure out exactly what you need to make whatever item you’re trying to create. Don’t waste your mats churning out dowels or insignias or whatever else for the meagre XP they grant you, discover a variety of recipes instead. Anything you have leftover can just be sold on the TP.

    And god help you if you try to level up Chef on anything but a mule character equipped with really large bags.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DSB

    @22 I suppose you could choose to disregard the fundamental design of the crafting system, not give a crap about efficiency, and simply give away any excess mats on the TP, but personally I’d rather not grind or buy more mats, or spend more time on it than I have to. Getting as far as you can with as little as you can is the gratifying bit of the average MMO crafting system.

    Sometimes you’ll make more mats than you can immediately use by getting all the skillpoints you can. You don’t “have” to, but the fact that you don’t “have” to do something has to be the first cop-out ever concieved to defend bad or lacking design.

    The fact remains that in pretty much every other MMO you can think of, it wouldn’t be a problem.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. TheWulf

    The game gives you massive amounts of space for all crafting materials, gems, mini figures, and more. What are those complaining doing with their banks that requires so much space that can’t go into the collections?

    I just think it’s trolling to bang on about banks not being per-character and then not mentioning that most of the things go into this massive super-bank which is categorised for your browsing pleasure (collections). I have 10 characters, currently, and I haven’t even come close to filling up the collections part of my bank.

    Is it just scraping the barrel to desperately try to find some little thing to snipe at? If so, it is indeed coming over as sounding a bit desperate. Oh, indeed, this evil ArenaNet is trying to get us to buy bank space when A.) they give us liberal amounts of bank space via collections, and B.) we can exchange in game money for gems.

    Yep, that sounds so evil, and so typical of those evil microtransaction models.

    Sigh.

    Try harder.

    #24 2 years ago

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    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]