Guild Wars 2: The Queen’s Speech update drops August 20, details & screens here

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:35 GMT By Dave Cook

Guild Wars 2: The Queen’s Speech is ArenaNet’s next update, which will see Queen Jennah make some sort of big announcement, as well as a slew of anniversary-related gifts and events thrown into the mix.

In a press release sent to VG247 today, publisher NC Soft confirmed that ArenaNet will hold a developer’s livestream on August 19, during which members of the team will discuss the update’s new features.

The Queen’s Speech event will kick off August 20 with Queen Jennah revealing something quite special to mark the occasion then, on August 31, players can take part in Guild Wars 2′s first Anniversary Bash and Invitational Tournament.

Characters created back when Guild Wars 2 first launched will also receive special birthday gifts from the studio, while new competitive changes are as follows:

  • World vs. World XP and Point adjustments – the World XP rate is increasing
  • We’re making it easier to earn World XP points for playing normally in World vs. World by increasing the WXP rate across the board! As an added bonus, we’re adjusting World vs. World Ability Points so that your total points are equal to your current rank. New characters will start off with one ability point, and all existing characters will receive one more.

  • World vs. World Trebuchet Mastery
  • Become a master of destruction with the new Trebuchet Mastery ability line! Increase your efficiency with Trebuchets by upping your basic shot damage, increasing your Trebuchets’ hit radius, adding a new supply-draining effect to your basic shot, and learning a new Healing Oasis skill that provides healing to your teammates.

  • The End of Culling in PvE – the limit on the number of characters players can see on screen is being removed
  • On 20th August, we’re turning off culling, which will remove the limit on the number of characters you can see on-screen at once. The cities of Tyria will now be even more vibrant and bustling than ever

What do you think Jennah will announce? Let us know below.

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