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Guild Wars 2 has sold over 3 million copies since August, 2013 content plans outlined

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:47 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Guild Wars 2 has sold over3 million copies since its August, according to an update on the MMO’s website from director Colin Johanson, who also outlined the team’s 2013 plans for the title starting with expanding and leveraging the achievement system.

This year, ArenNet also plans to continue “building up community and events,” and Johanson said the team has many “ideas on how to take this to the next level,” by building a world with “truly unique storylines and event experiences that play out over extended periods of time.”

“We attempted to do this with varying degrees of success with our Halloween, Lost Shores, and Wintersday events,” he wrote. “We’ve learned an incredible amount about how to ensure big events like this are successful moving forward.

“To complement this concept of regular world events with strong stories and themes, we also need to build on and strengthen our existing open world and its persistent content. [But] before we expand our world more, we need to make sure our existing world is as strong as possible, and gives reasons for people at all levels to go back and play and explore in the entire game we have built.”

One of the ways the teams plans to go about this is by “expanding and leveraging” the achievement system, which will allow players to earn new rewards for achievements, add tokens for for said achievements to turn in for rewards. New rewards examples provided were ascended gear and infusions. Support for daily achievements will be different each day of the week, and later on, a system allowing players to complete a “subgroup of achievements” to fulfill dailies will be added.

“As we look at developing new types of rewards further into 2013, we want to develop systems that are uniquely Guild Wars 2,” Johanson continued. “Our reward systems need to be exciting, and include things you want to earn over time, but we don’t want to force our players on endless gear treadmills for new tiers of gear we add every 6 months.

“You won’t see another tier between ascended and legendary in 2013 for example. Later in 2013, we’ll begin to introduce more of these systems once we’ve finished rolling out the remaining ascended gear and infusions.”

ArenaNet is also working on adding new types of content to the game in early 2013 which will allow guilds to go on missions together, some of which may be “designed specifically” for the guild to accomplish within certain constraints or time requirements. The teams plans to expand this system along with guild rewards over time.

Other specific features such as World vs World are in the plan, as well as some polishing, the addition of paid server transfers, improvements to culling, other new features, the introduction of prestige system and advancement specifically designed for WvW.

PvP will be growing “by leaps and bounds” over the course of the year.

There’s plenty more in Johanson’s post, so read the entire update through the link.

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16 Comments

  1. viralshag

    I have no idea what this game would need to do or change to get me interested again. It’s not even a bad game by a long shot but since I stopped playing, which was before the end of the first month, I’ve literally had no interest in going back to it.

    I logged in after I re-installed it on my machine after a W8 upgrade, jumped around a bit and then logged. The game was just a little on the boring side for me and felt very OCDish in the way you finished a map and moved on.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    Too much grind for a WoW successor in my case. I saw a purpose for the grind in WoW because I enjoyed the endgame a lot, but the grind is so much longer in GW2, and it seems to me like it just ends in even more grind.

    It’s good, but it’s not the game that rekindles the MMO for me.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    I feel the same way fellas. It is a great game, but doesn’t compell me to keep playing very long. The last redesign/xpac killed wow for me. At this point, if I think about MMOrpgs, I would play Rift.

    But in general I have a hard time wanting to return to the nature of MMOrpgs.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. roadkill

    Nice! Guild Wars 2 is beyond awesome! And they keep improving it. Honestly I don’t know how can it get better than this. I have an average of 8 hours/day and I love it even more than I did when I started playing it. Thank you Anet! <3 :)

    P.S. I've realized the only people who hate it are people who don't like playing games. Cry babies. Ha! Go figure. :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    The problem with Guild Wars 2, and the problem with every single MMO that has ever tried to content with World of Warcraft, is an incredibly simplistic one – the lack of proper, progressive end game content.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. viralshag

    @DSB, Agreed.

    @OG, I know we spoke about it briefly but Rift is playing great these days. I’m not gong to lie, they’ve nicked a few good ideas from GW2 such as crafting using items in your bank as opposed to always needing them in your bag.

    And it seems like they’re not afriad to change the game to suit the population as you can have cross-faction guilds, “Mercenary” PVP where you will play either side and cross-faction raids. It might not be as busy as other MMOs but that doesn’t stop you from enjoying the content.

    @IM, Agreed.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Se_7_eN

    @ Ireland Michael – COMPLETELY AGREE… I find no reason to keep playing when I get nothing for it. The lack of tiered dungeons / raids really sucks.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. GrimRita

    @5 nail on head. The MMO genre is so stale with large publishers offering nothing new, then left scratching their heads wondering where it went wrong(SWTOR).

    GW2 is an impressive game but the zerg fests for WvW, the crappy combat in pvp drove me away.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @7, 8 , I just don’t understand why they keep getting it wrong,

    #9 2 years ago
  10. viralshag

    @9, the question is though, I guess, is a lot of end game what people really want? I think some of the MMOs released have good content, maybe just not enough. But what IS there, doesn’t seem to keep people anyway.

    I’m sure most of these MMOs populations drop rapidly before most people even get through all the content that is there. I think there is more to the problem if I’m honest but I just don’t know what it is.

    GW2 did mix it up a bit and I’m sure they’re doing well, it’s just personally I don’t know anyone still playing and so far, looking at these comments at least, not many here seem to be either. I’m just not sure there is a “right way” to do an MMO these days, everyone wants something different.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DSB

    I think it’s a fair question. Why haven’t we seen a bosskilling MMO? One that keeps the grind to a minimum of learning what you need to raid, and then throwing you into it?

    Even WoW is a compromise there, because you have to go through 80-or-however-many levels to get to where you really want to be. I never really got how it managed to attract so many social players, with so few features really catering to them.

    Although I guess catering to them is what helped to destroy raiding in the end, at least for me.

    I guess you might suspect that making highly scripted content for 20-40 players is the expensive bit, whereas making a lot of grinding is really easy, and keeps people entertained for long enough to charge them a few subs.

    Actually, that’s probably it, no? Making a bosskilling MMO that’s all thriller and no filler would be too expensive and too short?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. viralshag

    @11, I always found WoW to be the most socially inviting and fun MMO to play and those 80 levels, for a lot of people, is what I think the casuals like. It’s essentially something to do while you chat with mates and your guild while you do. Raiding is simply getting down to business.

    Not to mention a large stable population for a long time with really not a lot to compare the game to over the years. It makes most other MMOs start at a disadvantage as a good majority will be WoW players always looking at the comparison.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DSB

    @12 Yeah, good point.

    But then WoW did have competition from the very beginning. Anarchy Online may have been visibly and technically older, but it was a quite decent grind, and I’ve only heard good things about Dark Age of Camelot.

    I guess it may just have been the right MMO at the right time, but it did take a few years to get so big it felt like the only show in town. Maybe the Warcraft artstyle was just more appealing?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    When was the last time you played WoW, DSB?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @14 I think I quit in January or February after Cataclysm? I pretty much quit the “hardcore” stuff during the Naxxramas grind in Lich King. That just about killed the game for me.

    Then I came back for Cataclysm, and tried to build a pally tank, but the expansion pretty much halved the need for tanks, so I was well and truly stuck.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    I think the problem a lot of people are having comes down to levels and grind. See, Ultima Online managed to retain a lot of people despite a lack of content. This is because whether you’d win or lose a fight wasn’t determined by numbers, so even UO newbies would have something to contribute if they joined in on a dungeon raid.

    It’s also the ultimate truth that Ultima VII presents us with. I know that’s not an MMO itself, but it shares a lot in common with UO. There are absolutely no levels in Ultima VII, but it didn’t suffer as a game vs. the likes of Baldur’s Gate. to the contrary, I’d actually say it was better. The problem with levels is that levels dictate whether you can do X thing or fight Y thing. Why is that important? It’s important because it also dictates when you should do X thing or fight Y thing.

    The ‘when’ is a problem because it makes content redundant. This is an issue GW2 has, this is an issue WAR had, this is an issue that WoW and LOTRO had. This isn’t an issue relegated to any particular MMO. Basically, whereas the WoW players would end up stuck in the 60 raids at launch, grinding them over and over, GW2 players are stuck in the fractals.

    This is because the fractals are their ‘when.’ The fractals are the content relegated to that level. But what happens if you remove the level and you get the same rewards from fighting the Shatterer as you do from doing fractals? That means that a completely new player to the game could try the fractals, but an old veteran could be wandering the world and doing other content.

    But people are so completely obsessed with levels, they fetishise them so much, that they don’t realise how much of a curse they are. There’s a reason that Ultima Online was so popular and so fun for so long with such a tiny amount of content available. And that was due to the lack of levels. To be completely honest, I’d even say that Free Realms, with its ability to teleport anywhere for free, and its system of jobs, has a lot to teach the grown-up MMOs about how to do things.

    I still like Guild Wars 2, but I can definitely see how levels are a hindrance. And to be honest, that’s what I’m seeing here as well. And the end result is that people think they need more endgame content because they’re fed up of the level-when part they’re stuck at now. So they think they need new content so they can be somewhere else. If there was no level-when, then they wouldn’t be stuck in place.

    #16 2 years ago

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  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]