Studio Design Director Chris Whiteside posted a fairly long post on the official forums giving us more information on Ascended items in response to the outcry. In particular, he has stated that Ascended items will be available through other means than running the dungeon, such as World Vs World and PvE. He emphasizes that they do not want players to have to chase after a new set of gear in order to stay relevant, but want to offer an in-between for the Exotic and Legendary rarity levels to fill the large gap that currently exists.
“I’d like to respond to concerns players have raised about ascended items. Please keep in mind that we’re releasing this as one portion of a massive November update that introduces and improves many aspects of challenge, progression, and rewards. With this and upcoming updates, we view ourselves as introducing large amounts of content with supporting systems and features, akin to an expansion pack, building on Guild Wars 2 through a series of live releases. So it’s important for us to be able to add an expansion pack’s worth of progression and rewards to support that content.
So what do you all think about this clarification? Does it quell your fears, or are you still worried? Let us know!
Big thanks to Kymeric for bringing this post to our attention!