Guild Wars 2’s third growth has a launch date, ArenaNet introduced immediately. On February 28, gamers might be jetting off to a a lot completely different Cantha than they noticed in Guild Wars 1. The trailer above introduces the growth in the way in which Guild Wars 2 expansions like to be launched: with an airship blowing up.
As a part of the tease, we get to see glimpses of the brand new Cantha area: a mixture of conventional Chinese language-style buildings and holographic sky whales. “They’re probably the most highly effective nation on Tyria,” explains Kasmeer, “and so they do not belief us”.
The story seems to revolve across the return of the Aetherblades—steampunk sky pirates who appeared in Guild Wars 2’s first Dwelling World story season again in 2013. Just a few weeks in the past I bought to battle their chief, Mai Trin, in a hands-on demo of Finish of Dragons’ Strike Missions—instanced endgame content material that condenses raid-like mechanics right into a single boss battle.
The announcement additionally reveals a mastery line for a brand new characteristic, Jade Bots—little robo-pals that, within the trailer, we see reviving gamers and offering an updraft whereas gliding. (We’ll have extra to disclose about them subsequent week, on February 8.)
Elsewhere it is a round-up of the growth’s already introduced options: skiffs, fishing, and the brand new elite specialisations that common gamers might be accustomed to from final 12 months’s Finish of Dragons beta occasions. There’s additionally the brand new Siege Turtle mount, who I love dearly.
The place Coronary heart of Thorns introduced gliding, and Path of Fireplace launched mounts, Finish of Dragons’ characteristic listing would not really feel as centered and transformative as its predecessors—a extra disparate collection of additives and enhancements, enjoyable although all of them look. Nonetheless, Finish of Dragons is a crucial launch for ArenaNet. Remaining Fantasy XIV bought all the eye from 2021’s nice World of Warcraft exodus, however Guild Wars 2 stays effectively value trying out in case you’re nonetheless looking for your subsequent MMO obsession. And if Finish of Dragons delivers the products, it will be the proper time to leap in and see the way it’s developed and improved through the years.