“If you love MMOs, you’ll want to check out Guild Wars 2 and if you hate MMOs, you’ll really want to check out Guild Wars 2″, states Mike O’Brien, Founder of ArenaNet, in this latest video for the upcoming Guild Wars 2 where the developers reveal just what they’re aiming for with this title. I have to say, I fall into the second category — and after watching the following video, I totally cannot wait to check out Guild Wars 2!
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Over the last few days, the developer and publisher of the original Guild Wars(PC) have been releasing nice chunks of insightful information of the game’s forthcoming sequel, Guild Wars 2. A follow-up that some claimed they would never see, GW2 is looking to add a few new gameplay elements that would move this pseudo-MMO even more toward being action-oriented than ever before. Here are a few excerpts concerning said mechanics:
So the weapons you’re currently holding in your hands determine your first five skills. This system is the basic building block of Guild Wars 2 combat, but when playing around with it we found that we could extend it into a huge variety of cool situations. For example, when a player interacts with a siege weapon, his first five skills change to skills that are specific to that siege weapon. A player might encounter a boulder in the world and, upon picking it up, find that his skills have changed so that he can now throw that boulder. Discovering a drake nest might yield eggs that can be picked up, and then eaten or thrown. The things a character can do with an environmental weapon vary by profession or race. An Elementalist with a boulder can not only throw it, but can launch it into the air, causing it to rocket down from the sky with the impact of a meteor. In addition to objects that are simply found in the world, many of these environmental weapons are created spontaneously through various events and activities. Wooden planks used to smack enemies can be gained by killing oakhearts, or found in the rubble caused by centaurs breaking down a wooden gate. Breaking a barstool over the head of a rowdy bar patron can yield a chair leg that can be used to great effect as a club.
CROSS PROFESSION COMBOS
A warrior and an Elementalist playing together could combine their abilities in several different ways. The Elementalist could drop down Static Field, which is an area-targeted lightning effect. A warrior who fires a rifle bullet through the static field would cause his shot to be charged up with electricity, inflicting additional damage. If that didn’t suit their style, then the Elementalist might drop a Wall of Fire in front of a group of enemies. The warrior could enter the firewall and use Cyclone Axe, an attack which causes him to spin rapidly, sending the firewall outward and hitting his foes. There are literally hundreds of combinations for players to discover.
Also revealed was the revamped Elementalist profession. It would seem that the “Ele” still uses glyphs, signets, conjures, and AOE(Area of Effect) skills with command over the same elements: fire, wind earth, and water. Watch the YouTube video below to see how the skills have changed. The full Guild Wars 2 blog can be found here.
“Family Night” keeps going strong, but this time on the PC. For those of you who do not know, Guild Wars is a free-to-play, “pseudo-MMO” set in the fantasy realm of Tyria. Let us know which chapters you’ve purchased and what content you have through this week so we may better figure out a game plan. Join The Gamesmen and the whole “family” of shows for sword swings and fire spells! Here are the in-game names to add if you would like to join us:
Lyfeliek Heroblade (jsslifelike, The Gamesmen)
Miriam Dark (Zeiram Wing, The Gamesmen)
Anyone can sign up for a 14-day or 10-hour(whichever comes first) free trial of Guild Wars, so we encourage you all to join us by downloading the setup file here.
Also, I think we will be using Xfire for voice chat, so you can get it here, then add ‘jsslifelike’.
From Press Release:
In the upcoming MMO Guild Wars 2, choosing which of the five distinctive races to play is just the first step down the road to your ultimate destiny. Starting with this crucial decision, your character’s epic tale begins. With their new preview video, NCsoft and ArenaNet pull back the curtain to reveal more details of the five diverse player races in Guild Wars 2. Which will you choose?
Take the role of a noble human defender and fight for the survival of your people. Play a ferocious feline charr, carving a trail of conquest. Become one of the brilliant asura to study hidden knowledge and harness incredible magical technology. Assume the form of a shapeshifting norn, the massive battle-forged warriors from the far north. Explore the mysteries of Tyria as one of the sylvari, a mystical new race of plant spirits. From these five races, mighty heroes shall rise!
Happy, happy day, boys and girls! It turns out that Guild Wars 2 is a hell of a lot further along than we previously thought! This trailer doesn’t surprise me from a technical standpoint- the artwork is simply mind-blowing. Watch the trailer and see if you don’t agree with me that GW2 WILL release on or around April 28th 2010(for the original game’s 5th anniversary). Enjoy!