"We’re going to do a release on the 20th that is intended to be our big anniversary release celebration," he explained. "That release is intended not only to provide a lot of awesome content for people to experience, but to also set the tone for what they should expect for the living world and the types of things we want to do with events in the year to come.
"It takes the story of the last year and brings it all together. It makes it clear where everything has been going and really closes a lot of open questions that players have had. It’s a story that really affects the entire world and permanently creates content and change for the entire world game-wide, which is really something that’s important to us and we want to showcase that that’s where stuff is headed.
"I think we have some really ambitious plans for next year for what we want to do with the event system, and this kind of showcases a little step of where that can go."
"We will offer a gift to players; it’s something we did in Guild Wars 1 and we’ll bring it back in Guild Wars 2 when their character turns one year-old," Johanson revealed. "There’ll be a gift that becomes available, so that’s something for them to look forward to, and we’ll compliment this with a lot of other exciting stuff as well."
History repeats itself for me, I'll be waiting another half a year for my Birthday pets despite having played since launch since I rerolled a few times. Would have been nice if they switched to account based birthday gifts rather than character based. A year old unplayed level one alt doesn't really deserve a pet.
From the teaser Anthony Ordon gave a couple days ago, "We’ve got some exciting things coming later this month. Things you’ve never seen in this game before.", I have a feeling it will be more than just pets we see ;-)
What have we not seen?
Mounts? Doubt it.
Raids? Definite maybe - the GW2style raids they've hinted at and be the big finale of this story arc.
Housing? Too soon since they've started warming to the idea.
LFG? Very likely since they've already been testing inhouse.
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Thought of another one....
Guild vs Guild? Would be a great use of the Queen's Pavilion after the Jubilee wraps up and take some pressure off the WvW queues in higher tiers.
Empty promises until they actually deliver on what they say.
And seeing how they've done a fine job of NOT sticking to what they say thus far, I'm not holding my breath.
Hopefully, it will be something cool......AND hopefully they get their shit together this next year and actually push out some fun and meaningful content. AKA, there better be some fucking Elder Dragon content.
Variety is good for the game, especially a balanced variety. If we make too much of any one type of content, eventually that type of content will become tiresome. The purpose of my reply wasn’t to naysay jumping puzzles or activities, but just to let you know that something different is coming. Personally, I’m a huge fan of epic open-world dynamic events and since I’ve had a hand or two in the upcoming releases, you should get ready.
As the late Captain Mai once said, watch the skies.