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    Get Ready for Living Story Season 2!

    https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/get-ready/




    We’re happy to announce that the first episode of Living World Season 2 will kick off on July 1! The Festival of the Four Winds will continue until that date, so enjoy the festivities while they last!





    Update: ALL CONTENT NOW PERMANENT, ADDING LEVEL 80 ONLY CHALLENGING CONTENT



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    Introducing the Story Journal


    Hey folks,

    As we announced last week, Season 2 will begin on July 1! As we count down to that exciting date, I want to go over some changes to how Living World content will operate in future seasons.

    The Living World exists to drive the story of Guild Wars 2 forward and create a sense of speculation, wonder, and intrigue around the world of Tyria and its characters. We want to create the feeling that anything in Tyria can change and get players looking forward to what might happen next. With that in mind, let’s go over how the Living World will work in Season 2.




    Your Story

    Starting with Season 2, each new episode of Living World will use the same UI as your personal story. A green star will mark locations, and a green story UI in the top-right side of your screen will summarize the current step your character is on. The gold star UI we previously used for Living World will only be used for holiday festivals in the future. When your character is actively on a Living World story step, you will have one single green star leading you to the next step in the world and the top-right UI will reflect that step, just like you experienced in your personal story from levels 1-80.

    Chronologically, the Season 2 story will take place after Season 1, which in turn occurs after your character’s personal story and the story of Zhaitan in Guild Wars 2. For dialogue purposes, NPCs in Season 2 will assume your character completed their personal story and Season 1, even if they did not. You do not need to complete the personal story on a character in order to play the Living World content, although it will make more sense if you do!


    The Story Journal

    To go along with this change, we’re modifying the story Journal in your character’s Hero Panel so it will track all of your character’s story steps. From that panel, characters who are level 80 will be able to select between playing their personal story and the Living World story. For the Living World story, you’ll be able to select which unlocked episode you’d like to play. Characters under level 80 will be able to see the available episodes, but will not be able to play them until they reach level 80. Think of the Living World story as the constantly expanding continuation of your character’s storyline once they reach level 80.



    To unlock an episode and have it added to your story Journal, you simply need to log in to the game during the two-week period that the release is live to be given permanent, free access to the storyline of that episode. Once you’ve unlocked it by simply logging in, you can replay that episode’s storyline on any character on your account as many times as you like from your story Journal forever. Past episodes will be available for purchase for 200 gems. (Don’t forget you can earn gold and purchase gems to unlock the episode for your account).



    With this addition to the story Journal, content from Living World episodes will be a mix of new story steps and open world content. Story steps will work just like existing story steps in the game today by taking you on a journey specific to your selected episode, which ties into a broader narrative from the season’s continual story progress.

    Open world content additions to Living World updates will permanently expand or change the world of Tyria and will tie to the theme and story of the episode. This means you can play the open world content and the story content (if you’ve unlocked that episode) anytime you want, on every character you ever make on your account! You’re no longer limited to completing the episode during its two-week release window. This means that going forward, all of the content and all of the rewards for Living World will be permanent.

    Because story steps for your personal story contain choices that permanently alter your character, we will not be allowing the replay-story-step functionality for the existing personal story at this time. Also, because Season 1 of Living World was not built with the Journal in mind, it will not be available in the story Journal on initial launch when Season 2 begins. We do hope to add Season 1 to the Journal in the future. As I mentioned earlier, only festivals will continue to use the gold star UI. They will not be in the story Journal, and they will remain as temporary content that comes in each year for a period of time and then packs up and leaves when the festival has completed.


    Rewards and Achievements

    In Season 2, we will be moving away from the concept of meta-achievements entirely and modifying how we handle rewards and achievements for Living World content. Completing the storyline of an episode will grant you a reward at the end of the episode, and a variety of new rewards will be available through the open world content added via each of the episodes.



    Achievements within story steps from episodes will operate very differently as well. Once one character on your account has completed an episode in their story journal, every character on your account will have access to a set of challenging achievements. At any time once unlocked, you can return and attempt to replay that episode in order to complete the achievements. The achievements will be much more difficult to complete than those traditionally found in Season 1, and are intended to be challenging achievements for skilled players to overcome. Each achievement will award both achievement points and material rewards.


    Onward to Season 2!

    That covers all the changes we’ll be making to the structure for Season 2 of Living World. We’ll see you on July 1 for the kickoff!

    Don’t forget to catch the Festival of the Four Winds, going on in-game right now! This festival is not only a celebration of our release in China, but it also has a few tidbits hidden in it that help set up Season 2. I’d suggest you pop in and catch up with Rox, Braham, Marjory, Kasmeer, Taimi, and the rest of the gang at the festival before Season 2 roars into full action.

    https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/i...story-journal/
    Last edited by Karizee; 2014-06-07 at 01:33 PM.
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    Should be nice, but damn. We go from every 2 weeks to 1 rehash over months? They really should have planned this better.

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    Clearly a new zone =D

    @Svifnymr; Blame China and Wildstar D:

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    They don't want to steal Wildstar's thunder obviously.
    Who knows more of gods than I? Horse gods and fire gods, gods made of gold with gemstone eyes, gods carved of cedar wood, gods chiseled into mountains, gods of empty air... I know them all.
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    Also I have a feeling this portal could be in maps like Brisban Wildlands. I kind of hope it'll be south west, I'm so curious about that part. Could it be a city? It's the same as Divinity's Reach undiscovered, a little smaller.
    I didn't play GW1 though so I might be missing a ton of information.

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    Most assuredly Maguuma.
    http://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/Maguuma_Jungle

    Check out the art compared to a recently datamined screen:
    https://dviw3bl0enbyw.cloudfront.net...oncept_art.jpg
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    Yeah I noticed the roots as well.

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    July 1st? Holy carp, that's a long time with this current fest/event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karizee View Post
    They don't want to steal Wildstar's thunder obviously.
    Please don't make us laugh. GW2 couldn't steal any other game's thunder....ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karizee View Post
    They don't want to steal Wildstar's thunder obviously.
    What a weak excuse for Anet feeding us no content for a month. Right back to wow at least I get the content they promised...oh wait. What is it with MMO devs bullshitting and me buying it all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by draykorinee View Post
    What a weak excuse for Anet feeding us no content for a month. Right back to wow at least I get the content they promised...oh wait. What is it with MMO devs bullshitting and me buying it all the time.
    ...Anet said multiple times that they were going to take an extended break. They only spent the last year on a 2 week content release schedule and a big ass patch that change a lot of the game's systems. And they do this without requiring a sub. That other game is known for year long gaps between new content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacox View Post
    And they do this without requiring a sub.
    What does that have to do with anything?

    I must have missed the announcements on the extended break, I read the news on their site as much as I can but didn't see this pop up, its generally just used to promote a new item you can buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by draykorinee View Post
    What does that have to do with anything?

    I must have missed the announcements on the extended break, I read the news on their site as much as I can but didn't see this pop up, its generally just used to promote a new item you can buy.
    I think the part where they mentioned an extended break was during a random interview or something. That's an issue I have with alot of game devs nowadays. They drop info/hints/plans/etc (sometimes even important announcements) during random ass interview #27 on the internet with some no name journalist and then expect everyone to know that information later on when it starts to become relevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverbleed View Post
    Also I have a feeling this portal could be in maps like Brisban Wildlands. I kind of hope it'll be south west, I'm so curious about that part. Could it be a city? It's the same as Divinity's Reach undiscovered, a little smaller.
    I didn't play GW1 though so I might be missing a ton of information.
    It's Dry Top from GW1. And if there wasn't this damn annoying invisible wall I would be able to get there in GW2 :P (There's still a slight chance of getting there but I'm not skilled enough in jumping xD And 2 breeze raiders are present there to annoy you even more. Kinda suspicious, isn't it? They're not a huge problem but they were pain in the neck in GW1 so it might be AN' kind of trolling.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr Storm View Post
    I think the part where they mentioned an extended break was during a random interview or something. That's an issue I have with alot of game devs nowadays. They drop info/hints/plans/etc (sometimes even important announcements) during random ass interview #27 on the internet with some no name journalist and then expect everyone to know that information later on when it starts to become relevant.
    Yeah, I believe they mentioned the extended break in an interview. They really do need more updates on their own website so people know what is going on. I think the extended break between Wintersday and Origins of Madness was talked about in some other interview as well.

    I also remember reading about how they wont be doing an every 2 week update anymore, but I couldn't find it on their website. I am thinking I read it in some interview XD
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    It was confirmed recently that they will continue with the 2 week content releases. I'll see if I can find it if I have time later, I think it was an interview with Mike O'Brien.

    Here 'tis:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/c...ghtly_cadence/
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    I also remember a post on the forums about it. I'm too lazy to look it up tho. And it wouldn't change much anyway, it's pretty clear they are taking a break. But I'm ok with it if this means they'll be able to go full power on Season 2. I'll just focus on other things I haven't gotten time to do because of LS1. Like achievements, or my ascended gear. I still did not finish that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karizee View Post
    It was confirmed recently that they will continue with the 2 week content releases. I'll see if I can find it if I have time later, I think it was an interview with Mike O'Brien.

    Here 'tis:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/c...ghtly_cadence/
    Oh nice find! I honestly wouldn't mind if it was longer than two week releases, maybe 3 or 4 would be perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worprz View Post
    Oh nice find! I honestly wouldn't mind if it was longer than two week releases, maybe 3 or 4 would be perfect.
    I like the 2/4 week setup, first two weeks introduces something, the following 2 weeks builds on that into something bigger.

    I also remember the "we're going to take a break" thing, but it was part of the "after Scarlet, we'll have a break, then a feature patch", none of it with any kind of "hey, it'll be 3 months"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by draykorinee View Post
    What does that have to do with anything?
    It's true, GW2 doesn't owe us any content, we're not paying a sub and there's no contract or anything. The flipside of course is that if they don't give us a reason to log in, many won't and they won't make money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacox View Post
    ...Anet said multiple times that they were going to take an extended break. They only spent the last year on a 2 week content release schedule and a big ass patch that change a lot of the game's systems. And they do this without requiring a sub. That other game is known for year long gaps between new content.
    Im kind of sick of people exclaiming look at all the content they give with out a sub fee. You do realize they make more money then all other MMO's besides like 2 from gem sales. I believe WoW and Eve are ahead of them.

    The fact of the matter is I am fucking pissed off that they decided to pull another one of these stupid living story seasons. It is such a shitty shitty shitty concept for the future of a MMO. Limiting content to be played only during a short amount of time is by far the stupidest thing to do. Grant it holiday events are perfectly fine but wasting most of your resources and making the majority of your content a you had to have been playing when it was live to see it is so bad on so many levels. Not only that but they have achievement rewards that these 2-4 week events give a mass of AP people like me who came late into LS Season 1 missed out on a good 1-3k AP for it. The fact that they have yet to announce or hint at an expansion is troublesome. The game is coming up on its 2 year anniversary and im sorry to say this but LS will not bring new people to the game like a full blown expansion.

    Its a sad day in the gaming world when a 21 year old with 0 professional knowledge in the field realizes how fucking stupid their direction of content release is going. I give this game another year before people become absolutely fed up. In fact people are going to play this game for the first time in 3 years and be like is this all that this game has? Do they not add content? Why because they don't get to see the Shitty living story.

    /end rant
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