The lion statue in Lions Arch is destroyed and not coming back. [per Colin in the Pokket MMORPG.com interview that just happened]
I wonder if that wasn't just a slight slip-up, because earlier in the forums, game designer Josh Foreman said this:
Josh Foreman (via Official Forums): I worked way too hard on that thing to throw it away! That would make me cry. Haha… spent a lot of my free time on it actually. You know it has 4,000 frames of animation, and I had to hand track every single frame that a splash happened on every single fish for the audio guys to sync it up. Not that we will never permanently destroy anything. In fact… well, I can’t say more than that. But NOT the lion statue. It’s the symbol of LA. Like the Statue of Liberty is for New York or the Eiffel Tower is for Paris.
Actually, it does look like it's gone for now, as per Regina's follow-up post in the same thread:
Regina Buenaobra (via Official Forums): The Lion’s Arch lion statue is gone for now. Mad King Thorn really did a number on it. As to whether it will return—anything is possible.
It's a shame really.
Edited by Makovorn, 02 November 2012 - 12:51 AM.