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Interview with Martin Kerstein at gamescom 18th August


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#1 shanaeri rynale

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:51 PM

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A guildie of mine has just come back from gamescom where she had a long conversation with Martin Kerstein, who very kindly agreed to answer some of my questions for us. These are her notes from the interview.

1. How will the guesting system work? will we need friends on the other server?

The reply was as per the blog, except a new peice of information

The guesting system will be delayed until the servers have settled down. The guesting system will then be enabled and server transfers will need to be paid for. Until the guesting system is activated server transfers will be free.

2. Why are there no dedicated or official English And Russian language servers, but there are French, German and Spanish?

This is to do with localised translations of the game. It was felt that if they gave other servers dedicated languages then other nationalities would demand localised translations also.

English is the default language on all other non localised servers.
  
3. Seeing as 3 multi language servers were removed from EU and replaced by specific language ones. How confident are you that the unofficial english speaking servers will have enough capacity?

They removed the servers to increase capacity for those languages. However, they have raised the cap on all other servers to compensate. They are confident they have enough capacity for launch, but will monitor in subsequent days and weeks to come.

4. What was the reason for not letting Guild Members on different servers make use of guild features like the Guild Bank and Emblems unless they re-learn them?

His opinion (but he wasnt a dev) was that this is because of WvW and the imbalance it could cause if powerful guilds influence buffs could give benefits to chapters of the same guild on another server. I.e give them an unearned boost in WvW.

Edited by shanaeri rynale, 18 August 2012 - 08:31 PM.


#2 NeonArlecchino

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:55 PM

Very nice of your friend to give the information and nice questions!

Edited by NeonArlecchino, 18 August 2012 - 06:55 PM.


#3 Censtudios

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:59 PM

Indeed very nice of your friend.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:04 PM

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1. How will the guesting system work? will we need friends on the other server?

The reply was as per the blog, except a new peice of information

The guesting system will be delayed until the servers have settled down. The guesting system will then be enabled and server transfers will need to be paid for. Until Guesting system is activated server transfers will be free.

This particular piece of information should make a lot of people happy. :) Thank you to you and your friend.

#5 Tzu Qui Jinn

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:05 PM

Good to know server transfers will be free until the guesting feature is ready, and guilds are settled in.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:03 PM

View PostTzu Qui Jinn, on 18 August 2012 - 07:05 PM, said:

Good to know server transfers will be free until the guesting feature is ready, and guilds are settled in.

Actually the way that reply is constructed, the guesting feature is already functioning they have just disabled it until the servers settle down after launch and people are settled into their home servers with their guilds/friends.

Edited by Dream Catcher, 18 August 2012 - 08:16 PM.

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#7 shanaeri rynale

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:14 PM

View PostDream Catcher, on 18 August 2012 - 08:03 PM, said:



Actually the way that reply is constructed, the guesting feature is already functioning they have just disabled until the servers settle down after launch and people are settled into their home servers with their guilds/friends.

When my guildie read me the reply I interpreted it as meaning the above as well as potentially other issues than server capacity. But since it was my interpretation I didnt put it in.

#8 Censtudios

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:17 PM

View PostDream Catcher, on 18 August 2012 - 08:03 PM, said:

Actually the way that reply is constructed, the guesting feature is already functioning they have just disabled until the servers settle down after launch and people are settled into their home servers with their guilds/friends.

I also think that's what he meant with his reply.

If they want to have a certain feature in the game, it's best to already develop it before they want to release it, rather than start developing it when they're supposed to release it. They've been mentioning guesting for so long now it would be kinda weird if they haven't worked on it yet.

#9 HederaHelix

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:34 PM

The Guesting Information makes me and my guild VERY happy, as some of us can't play right away (like me due to a broken computer).  Sooo happy to know I won't have to be away from my friends when I do get to play! ^^

#10 Jexx

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:36 PM

I think that the reason for #5 is a legitimate concern. And since you CAN earn the influence on that chapter of the guild and earn back the stuff, it should be all good.

#11 birdeye

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 02:06 AM

Maybe its just me but it seems to me that the answer to question one was already known.  It was reported sometime ago that we would be able to transfer servers free of charge until server populations settled down, I would like to have a more detailed answer to the second part of the question.

#12 tetravus

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 02:26 AM

I think it simply means that server transfers will continue to be free until they activate guesting

#13 MathimCaim

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 02:29 PM

Must say the answer on first one doesn't even answer the question, assuming that is what was really asked :P You asked how it worked not when it would be implemented

Edited by MathimCaim, 19 August 2012 - 02:29 PM.





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