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.
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!