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This morning, ArenaNet took a conference call with several gaming media sites to announce that starting today, Guild Wars 2 has permanently dropped in price.

Since the launch of Guild Wars 2, NCSOFT and ArenaNet have released more than an expansion’s worth of content, regularly hosted special events like Halloween, Lost Shores and Wintersday, introduced players to the retro-goodness of the Super Adventure Box, and engaged players with the Living World philosophy, all the while continually updating and tweaking the game experience. There are record numbers of people playing Guild Wars 2 and the recent WvW and PvP updates are just the first drops in a shower of new updates.

Today it’s time to introduce Guild Wars 2 to millions of new players with a lower price point of £34.99 for the Standard Edition and £49.99 for the Digital Deluxe Edition. This is a really exciting time as the game is receiving episodic content updates at a very rapid pace, making Guild Wars 2 extremely accessible for players looking to invite their friends into the game or jumping in themselves for the first time.

The new, lower price of Guild Wars 2 will be available from 18:00 BST today, Tuesday 21st May.

For more information and to purchase Guild Wars 2 at the new price please visit www.guildwars2.com


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NEW GEM STORE ITEMS
Another announcement today brings us new purchasable items in the Gem Store.
  • Mobile Crafting Station (100 Posted Image or 5/400 Posted Image): Now you can craft new items nearly anywhere in Tyria! Create a Consortium Mobile Crafting Station of your choice, which you and your allies can use for up to 15 minutes. Works in all weather!
  • Consortium Mobile Mystic Forge (50 Posted Image or 5/200 Posted Image): Forge here, forge there – forge everywhere! Create a portable Mystic Forge wherever you like. This handy consumable gives you and your allies access to a mini-Mystic Forge for up to 15 minutes!
  • Black Bear Cub Mini (400 Posted Image): Smaller and considerably less aggressive than the adult version, this Black Bear Cub Mini will fearlessly follow you everywhere from The Mists to the Maguuma Jungle!
  • Last Week for Braham and Rox Weapon Skins: This week is your last opportunity to pick up the Braham and Rox weapon skins! Don’t miss out on your chance to commemorate the major figures of the Flame and Frost saga!
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New forums for the official Guild Wars 2 API have been made public today. Within them, Cliff Spradlin has posted documentation on the API for those looking to create new tools and/or sites. Currently available are calls to fetch Dynamic Event information, WvW statuses, and item and recipe details.

We’re really excited to share these APIs with you. There are already some amazing community apps and websites out there, and we hope that these APIs enhance them and enable new ones to be created.

This thread documents the currently available APIs for use. These APIs are in beta, so don’t be surprised if the interfaces change, but we will try to warn you if we have to make any breaking changes.

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The event page has updated with new information on the May 28th update, the Last Stand at Southsun. Here are some of the biggest features that will be implemented with this update:
  • New Improved World XP:  ArenaNet has improved the award system for World XP in World vs. World, allowing players to gain rewards for a much wider range of activities in the Mists – everything from destroying siege weapons, repairing walls, escort missions and more.
  • Greater Variety and More Rewards in WvW: Earn World XP for playing the way you want with WvW daily achievements. Each time players gain a new World rank, they’ll earn a bonus chest with WvW loot.
  • New WvW Abilities and Matchup Changes: Choose to become even deadlier in The Mists with new abilities like Burning Oil Mastery or new ranks in Defense Against Guards. WvW matches allow players to face new opponents in new matchups and test their world’s skill against more foes.
  • Custom PvP Arenas and Spectator Mode Beta: Based on feedback from beta players, ArenaNet has been able to fix bugs and further improve these new features. Now players can extend the time of their favorite custom arenas with added Custom Arena Time Tokens in the Gem Store.
  • Introducing Infusions and Ascended Gear in WvW: ArenaNet has introduced the ability to purchase Ascended rings and amulets and to upgrade WvW abilities with six new Infusions that give players’ characters special WvW bonuses. Just speak to the new Laurel and Badge Merchants on each map.
  • New Southsun Cove Rewards: Players can find their very own Mini Reef Rider – a loyal floating friend available only until June 11. Dedicated defenders of the Southsun settlers can also earn rare new limited-edition rewards from creatures and chests in Southsun Cove, and by playing Crab Toss.
  • Exclusive Southsun Items: Players who help keep the peace during the Secret of Southsun can earn two exclusive new back items, the floral Fervid Censer and the writhing Sclerite Karka Shell.

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RED POSTS/UPDATES
Question: Will these reward chests for ranks be given for people who already have Ranks? For example will a Rank 60 player receive 60 chests?

There will be a system for rewarding players who have already gained ranks. The way it will work is you will have a backlog of 60 chests, if you were at rank 61, and for each rank you achieve after that you will get 2 chests, instead of 1, until you’ve received all 60 of your backlog. These bonus chests should be available for every player who has gained rank prior to the build. [Source]

ANet: Please explain what this means. It’s terribly vague, and frankly worries the heck out of me:

WvW Matchup Changes!
World vs. World matches are about to get an injection of variety! With these changes you can look forward to facing new opponents in new matchups and testing your world’s skill against more foes!

We’ll have a blog post going out before the release that walks you through every detail of how it works with examples. The goal is to get you more variety in match ups, while avoiding match ups against worlds way outside of your current tier so it’s not too crazy. [Source]

Will Southsun be ending in a Group Dungeon?

It won’t end in a dungeon. We have however included an instance that will open up that has a single player version, and a more difficult multiplayer version.

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In this video, Guild Wars 2 Narrative Designer Scott McGough discusses The Consortium, an influential corporation whose pursuit of profit leads to big trouble on the island of Southsun Cove this May.
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BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH
  • Fixed the Heralds so they will tell the tale of Southsun Cove.
  • Fixed a bug causing waypoints on Southsun Shore to remain locked when they shouldn’t be.
  • Fixed issues that were potential causes of server latency in Crab Toss.
  • Fixed Cragstead and North Nolan Hatchery to appear in their post-Flame and Frost states.
  • Flame and Frost’s Victory Bonfires in Lion’s Arch, Hoelbrak & Black Citadel will remain until May 28th. Interacting with them will allow A Rallying Flame to be completed.
  • Fixed a bug with Dodge roll where it could get stuck in the queue and unintentionally execute after a stun or immobilize.
  • Collision has been updated on the World vs. World Burning Oil Pot. Players will once again be able to burn the enemies at the gate.
  • Fixed a bug with the animation with Sclerite Karka Shell.
  • Fixed a bug with missing upgrade slots on PvP Sclerite weapons.
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A few of the ArenaNet developers have hopped on to show off some of the new content players will find in Southsun Cove, specifically the new Crab Toss activity and the jumping puzzle. Check it out below!

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Scott McGough, one of the Narrative Designers behind the latest story arc, has posted a story about Ellen Kiel and her assignment in Southsun Cove. What do you all think of the Lionguard's dutiful inspector?

The ship’s gangplank descend and Inspector Ellen Kiel girded herself to greet the new arrivals. The word from on high was to keep all visitors to Southsun Cove as alive and intact as possible, and Captain Magnus was counting on her to deliver. Magnus navigated the dangerous waters of Captain’s Council politics on behalf of the entire Lionguard. The least Kiel could do to support him was play hostess to the clueless rich folk bamboozled by Consortium promises of fun in the sun....

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Update: The servers are back online.

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Currently, the log-in servers for Guild Wars 2 are down. Players have reported receiving various errors, including a message indicating that their trial account has ended, prompting them to purchase a retail copy of the game. Obviously this is not the case and ArenaNet is aware of the problem. We don't have much else to go on right now, but we'll update you all when we hear more. Back to Top

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LIVING WORLD
The Secret of Southsun
The refugees from Flame & Frost who were resettled at Southsun Cove are up in arms over the restrictive residency contracts that prevent them from leaving. Tensions are high, and settlers are brawling with Consortium guards. What’s worse, the island’s local wildlife has been agitated and is even more aggressive and territorial than usual.
The Lionguard’s Inspector Kiel has been charged with quelling the violence so it doesn’t interfere with the upcoming Dragon Bash festival in Lion’s Arch. Kiel takes her job seriously, so she’ll need help from players and Researcher Levvi to keep everyone on the island safe from the local wildlife and each other.

Southsun Cove
  • The Consortium has created a new exotic resort for those looking to get away for a while. Lord Faren and Lady Kasmeer are currently there on vacation.
  • New settlements have been created for refugees coming in from Lion’s Arch.
  • Animals on Southsun Cove are becoming increasingly aggressive.
  • Settlers and tourists have wandered too far from the camps and need assistance getting back to safety.
  • Researcher Levvi is looking for brave adventurers to help survey the island and recover samples to determine the cause of the native creatures’ increased aggression.
  • Tensions between settlers and Consortium members have led to confrontation that may require mediation.
  • The new Crab Toss activity is now available at Sawtooth Bay in Southsun Cove. Players can win karka shells, passiflora, tonics, and more.
  • Southsun Supply Crates will drop rarely from creatures during the Secret of Southsun event. These crates contain Southsun crafting materials and a chance at a wide variety of items, such as shoulder skins, new boosts and convenience items, and a rare chance at new weapon skins and minis. Southsun Supply Crates can also be purchased from the Black Lion Trading Company (see below for more info).
  • Blooming Passiflora are now growing on the island.
  • The larger veteran and champion karka now have a guaranteed drop chance for karka shells upon defeat.
  • All players who enter the island for the duration of the event are scaled up to level 80. This content is available from May 14 to June 11.
Guild Content
  • Six Guild Trek locations have been added to Southsun Cove.
Achievements
  • Added new living world achievements to Southsun Cove: “Consortium Rewards Club Member,” “Southsun Settler Supporter,” “Southsun Sightseer,” “Southsun Volunteer Fieldwork,” “Southsun VIP Meet and Greet,” and more.
  • Added new achievements for Crab Toss activity: “Crab Toss Participant,” “Crab-Carrying Competitor,” “Crabtacular!,” “Crabgrabber,” and “Crab Toss Champion.”
  • Players who complete 25 of the Secret of Southsun achievements will earn the “Southsun Stalwart” meta-achievement. This achievement awards players with a Sclerite Karka Shell back item and the title of “Southsun Stalwart.” The Southsun Stalwart meta-achievement covers the entire event’s content, some of which is not accessible until the next release.
  • A new title, “Crab Toss Champion,” has been added for players who win a game of Crab Toss.
  • A new title, “Crabgrabber,” has been added for players who steal 100 crabs during games of Crab Toss.
NEW FEATURES AND CONTENT
World vs. World
  • Obsidian Sanctum, the jumping puzzle in the Eternal Battlegrounds, has been moved to its own WvW map.
    • Entering the puzzle will take players out of the Eternal Battlegrounds.
    • Leaving will take players back to Lion’s Arch.
  • Added a new vendor: “Traps and Tricks Outfitter.”
  • Traps have been added as a new purchasable consumable utility item. Two unique variants are available.
    • When placed, traps last for one hour.
    • Players may only have one of a given trap type deployed at a time.
    • Traps will disappear when a player leaves the map.
    • Traps are sold by the vendor for 15 badges and 525 karma; they will stack to 250 and are account-bound.
    • It takes a 4-second channel to place at feet.
    • Placing a trap uses very short-range ground targeting to assist in orientation.
    • Placed traps have a 600×90 rectangular trigger area; only enemies can trigger them.
    • Once triggered, traps affect up to 20 enemies within a range of 1200.
    • Traps cost 10 supply to place.
  • Supply Removal Trap
    • Removes 5 supply from enemies affected by the trap.
  • Stealth Disruptor Trap
    • Removes stealth from enemies and reveals them for 30 seconds, preventing stealth.
BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH
General
  • A Commander’s map pings and strokes are now visible to members of their squad.
  • Fixed several shadowstep bugs that let players teleport through WvW gates and exploit various dungeons.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some items to lose their functionality after a player has gone into a downed state.
Events
  • Malchor’s Leap:
    • Pact cannons near the Shelter Docks are now fully operational.
    • The Inquest Ornithologist has been upgraded to a champion, as befits her Group Event status.
  • Metrica Province:
    • Minor UI changes were made to the Mark II golem event.
  • Mount Maelstrom:
    • The Branded ogre in the Infinity Coil complex is now properly imprisoned in his cage.
  • Sparkfly Fen:
    • Added a skill to the seaweed-mine bundle.
  • Timberline Falls:
    • Fixed a stalling bug in the event “Protect krewe leader Dobbs as the krewe clears the excavation site.”
  • Wayfarer Foothills:
    • Dredge soldiers outside Molensk are no longer rooted in place.
Personal Story
  • “Down the Hatch”:
    • Fixed a rare stalling bug at the end of the story step.
  • “The Ghost Rite”:
    • Fixed the player’s camera position while transformed.
Structured PvP
  • Reverted a change to PvP dailies that increased their difficulty.
  • Reworded some custom arena tooltips to be less confusing.
Profession Skills
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  • Dragon’s Claw:
    • Fixed an exploit that caused this skill to fire at increased rates.
  • Shocking Aura:
    • This skill’s icon on the buff bar now displays the same icon as the skill itself.
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  • Kit Refinement:
    • The cooldown icon will now display correctly when this trait is used with Flamethrower.
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  • Fixed a bug that caused the projectile speed of the following axe skills to be 75% of their intended speed:
    • Ricochet
    • Splitblade
    • Winter’s Bite
    • Path of Scars
  • Juvenile Rainbow Jellyfish now uses a unique model.
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  • Leg Specialist:
    • This trait will no longer function with the Burning Oil siege weapon in WvW.
  • Healing Signet:
    • Updated skill facts to show the passive effect and accurately display the healing value for the active effect.
BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE
New Items and Promotions
  • You can now purchase the Southsun Supply Crate in the Consumable category of the Gem Store for 1 for 150 gems or 10 for 1200 gems. These special crates contain Southsun crafting materials and a chance at items such as shoulder skins, new boosts and convenience items, and a rare chance at new weapon skins and minis. The Southsun Supply Crates will only be available until June 10. The Southsun Supply Crates will also be a limited-time rare drop off the creatures on the island during this time.
  • The Consortium Swim Speed Boost is now available in the Boost category of the Gem Store for 1 for 50 gems or 5 for 200 gems. This boost will increase your swim speed by 15% for 1 hour. This boost is not useable in PvP.
  • To celebrate spring, the Gem Store is making one miniature baby animal available each week for the month of May. This week’s adorable addition is the Mini Moa Chick, which is now available in the Minis category of the Gem Store for 400 gems each.
  • How to Dance, Volume 1 is now available in the Services category of the Gem Store for 400 gems. This book can be used to gain access to three different dance moves and a skill that will allow you to invite others to participate in your dance party.
UPDATED NOTES
Optimizations
  • We’re rolling out our first set of optimizations. This is the first in many steps involved in helping resolve issues with “skill lag.” Some players will experience a slight improvement in skill lag issues with large groups of players, while some players may also experience a slight raise in their FPS.
Profession Skills
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  • Fixed a bug which disabled certain traits from functioning correctly. This includes Rifled Turret Barrels, Metal Plating, and Autotool Installation.
World vs. World
  • Arrow Cart: Arrow cart damage vs. other siege weapons has been reduced to 50% of its current damage.
Balance, bug-fixing and polish:
  • Fused weapon tickets are no longer available in Black Lion Chests.
  • Citizens! The Shark Boss crier will no longer be a bother. Please excuse his bad behavior.
  • Prevented Levvi from getting killed and temporarily blocking the scavenger hunt on Southsun Cove.
  • Fixed an issue with crab toss where players would get stuck on a team reserved for those carrying the crab.
  • This subsequently fixes an issue where more than one player wins, but the winner does not get a winner’s prize.
  • This also fixes an issue with the achievement for winning Crab Toss.
  • Closed an exploit that allowed some players to still access the final molten dungeon instance.

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Earlier today, Narrative Designer Scott McGough posted a blog post detailing what to expect in the months following the Flame and Frost story arc, specifically the upcoming events in Southsun. One thing to note is that he is not alone in this endeavor. Though McGough and Angel McCoy created the foundation of each story arc, there are several other writers, artists, and designers that work on this content.

As far as the story goes, the beloved karka are picking fights with the norn and charr refugees brought in during the Flame and Frost. This fighting causes the Lionguard to eventually catch wind of the situation; dispatching Inspector Ellen Kiel, who some of you might remember from The Lost Shores, to bring back some manner of order to the region. Players will be tasked with helping Kiel with her duties, as well as be introduced to quite a few important characters that are scheduled to make more appearances throughout 2013.

Though nothing will be directly revealed this month, McGough teases that the significance of assisting Ellen Kiel in regards to the next story arc will be revealed in June. Will Southsun finally become the perfect vacation spot the Consortium wants it to be? Are the karka going to eat us all and destroy Tyria? Strap on your speculation goggles and let us know what you think!

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