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It's a big news day! Along with a various assortment of interviews with Mike Zadorojny, we have a new articlefrom Matt Wuerffel, game designers at ArenaNet, about some upcoming changes to the achievement reward system. Here are the highlights:

New Rewards
  • Exclusive armor and weapon skin unlocks – including Radiant armor, Hellfire armor, and the Zenith weapon set.
  • Permanent account bonuses—permanent boosts to Magic Find, experience from kills, karma gain, and more. Earn achievement points on any character and get rewards for all of your characters.
  • Currencies – gold, gems, karma, and laurels.
  • PvP Rewards—skins and glory boosters.
  • WvW Rewards—use Badges of Honor and siege blueprints to help push your server to victory.
  • Utility Items—Instant Repair Canisters, Revive Orbs, powerful boosters, and more.
  • Unique Titles—show off your dedication to your fellow players.
New UI
  • Summary page—This page gives you quick access to all of the achievement skins you’ve unlocked, achievements you’ve recently completed, and your account bonuses.
  • Details page—Use this page to drill down into individual achievements to find detailed objectives, point breakdowns, and other useful information like suggested locations and potential rewards.
  • Watch list—Track up to 20 specific achievements in the Watch List panel and display the top six in the HUD.
  • Category grouping—Achievement categories are now organized into groups to allow faster navigation and easier access to the information you want.

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#1 Pariah

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:31 PM

I wonder if the achievement points will be used as a currency or will there be an NPC similar to the Hall of Monuments one that provides all the rewards available at your Achievement point level...
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#2 Azure Skye

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:42 PM

Yay, another currency that havent use since launch. Lol
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#3 Sheepski

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:52 PM

[quote name='Pariah' timestamp='1372887119' post='2216494']
I wonder if the achievement points will be used as a currency or will there be an NPC similar to the Hall of Monuments one that provides all the rewards available at your Achievement point level...
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I highly doubt it:

[size=4]"[color=#000000][font=CronosPro, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]As you complete achievements and increase your achievement score, you’ll unlock new, exclusive rewards for your account."[/font][/color][/size]
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:01 PM

The BIGGER issue that many achievements needs an overhaul on how many points are awarded for completion. I mean 5 pts for equiping a legendary??? Many other similar examples exist and now with the introduction of this system its also time they looked at this.
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#5 turbo234

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:01 PM

Sweet. Something I can actually use. Now just add more content to make me want to play.
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#6 Pariah

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:29 PM

[quote name='Sheepski' timestamp='1372888352' post='2216502']
I highly doubt it:

"[color=#000000][font=CronosPro, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]As you complete achievements and increase your achievement score, you’ll unlock new, exclusive rewards for your account."[/font][/color]
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Yeah, but the wording on their Facebook post about the Achievement point changes uses the wording "[color=#333333][font='lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif][size=3]Are you ready to start using those achievement points that you've been accumulating in Guild Wars 2?" [/size][/font][/color]which might suggest it being a currency, we'll see.
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#7 Nabuko Darayon

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:39 PM

SO 2 new armor skins for 3 classes that's nice. I thought we'd only get like 1 set
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:08 PM

[quote name='Nabuko Darayon' timestamp='1372891175' post='2216516']
SO 2 new armor skins for 3 classes that's nice. I thought we'd only get like 1 set
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Radiant, Hellfire, and Zenith so it seems like there's 3. And from the looks of it it's just Helmet, Shoulder, and Glove skins. I am a bit annoyed that there is yet again another set of fire-themed equipment, people really think spiky+fire armor is real edgy huh?
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#9 Sheepski

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:17 PM

[quote name='Pariah' timestamp='1372890584' post='2216513']
Yeah, but the wording on their Facebook post about the Achievement point changes uses the wording "[color=#333333][font=lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif][size=3]Are you ready to start using those achievement points that you've been accumulating in Guild Wars 2?" [/size][/font][/color]which might suggest it being a currency, we'll see.
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[font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]I think the official blog quote plus: "[size=4][color=#000000]Every point that you’ve earned while adventuring across Tyria will count towards exciting rewards, including:" from the same paragraph is more reliable. I'd guess Facebook was more just a PR thing/teasing or generalisation.[/color][/size][/font]

Although; looking at the list of rewards; it seems far too broad for them to unlock per tier of achievements and maybe we have some decisions to make.
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:32 PM

Thank you Anet.

I hope you can pick your rewards like the point system in WvW. I would rather invest all my points in Buffs than Skins. Either way, I will be happy.
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#11 Lordkrall

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:37 AM

[quote name='Wifflebottom' timestamp='1372892906' post='2216523']
Radiant, Hellfire, and Zenith so it seems like there's 3. And from the looks of it it's just Helmet, Shoulder, and Glove skins. I am a bit annoyed that there is yet again another set of fire-themed equipment, people really think spiky+fire armor is real edgy huh?
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It does however say including, which would imply that there are more than those three.
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#12 Arewn

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:42 AM

[quote name='Lordkrall' timestamp='1372898275' post='2216533']
It does however say including, which would imply that there are more than those three.
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Which [u][i]may[/i][/u] imply that there are more.
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#13 Eon Lilu

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 05:36 AM

This sort of long term reward progression is what has been missing in GW2 and should of been in game since launch as standard but I am glad they are starting to realize they need to focus on long term progression and long term rewards for the game to last instead of quick instant gratification temp stuff we have been getting.

It will probably keep more people in the game as now they will have more long term goals to work towards. Which is a good thing.

I have a gut feeling though they have had something like this already in the works just sitting there waiting to be finished since before beta and are only now putting it in the game so they can make it look like "look what we have been working on"...

Now if they can address guild and social functions, guild halls, damage is everything mechanics, more in depth character build's and skills customization, gambling in the gem store, less grind having to repeat tasks over and over, pressing f from a to b, more creative content and diminishing returns punishing the players for playing the game, make your hero feel like a hero and on an giant big adventure and story instead of just tagging along going through the motions plus a few other things im probably forgetting right now, then gw2 could start to look and feel like the game they made it out to be back those years ago.

Now one thing I will remember though is that it might all look good on a blog post, but what counts is how it works in game and how it will be handled or implemented, lets hope they nail it and it's not just another thing in the game no one really cares about.

Hoping this will bring something to the players craving long term goals.
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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:23 AM

[quote name='Sheepski' timestamp='1372893478' post='2216526']
[font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]I think the official blog quote plus: "[color=#000000]Every point that you’ve earned while adventuring across Tyria will count towards exciting rewards, including:" from the same paragraph is more reliable. I'd guess Facebook was more just a PR thing/teasing or generalisation.[/color][/font]

Although; looking at the list of rewards; it seems far too broad for them to unlock per tier of achievements and maybe we have some decisions to make.
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I think rewards must be unlocked first before you can purchase them. Lets say with 1000 points you unlock a new piece of armor, but that piece costs 100 points. If you buy it you´ll have 900 to spend on other things, but your total points will still be 1000 and will keep increasing as you complete achievements, regardless if you buy rewards or not. I also guess there´ll be a few rewards that are "free", that you get automatically at reaching certaing achievements points.
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#15 nerfandderf

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:05 AM

awesome more grinding for shiny cant wait this is so great.
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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:05 AM

awesome more grinding for shiny cant wait this is so great.
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#17 UnDeadFun

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:19 AM

I like the idea of the armor skins, and it gives me another reason to keep working on Achievements as a long term goal. I have been hoping they would make more armor/weapon sets available as skins( ones we all ready have in game, like the WvW vendor) but I know that might take away from the transmutation crystal sales.
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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:58 AM

[center][size=3][font='lucida sans unicode', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]Yay!!! to permanent MF, now all I hope for is that we don't have to pick and choose which one of the rewards we want! all should just be added as we play.[/font][/size][/center]
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#19 Nabuko Darayon

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:56 AM

[quote name='Wifflebottom' timestamp='1372892906' post='2216523']
Radiant, Hellfire, and Zenith so it seems like there's 3. And from the looks of it it's just Helmet, Shoulder, and Glove skins. I am a bit annoyed that there is yet again another set of fire-themed equipment, people really think spiky+fire armor is real edgy huh?
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Isn't Zenith weapon skins only? And yeah I hate that fact too. But they're probably leaving the other parts to be introduced later in thee upcoming months
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#20 Desild

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:15 PM

I bet all these "free" rewards left Miss Cox turning on her coffin. How will they extort more money from us if they are diverting valuablr Gem Store resources to enrich an already reward deprived game? Impossible.

Honestly, this is good and I endorce it. Finaly we're getting proper items, with permanent sources, as reward.
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