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#1 leongrado

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:15 PM

So here's why I'm asking this questions. As a player of the first game, I've always been a huge fan of expansion(campaigns) because they brought in a ton of meaningful content and really helped to rejuvenate the game every half-year or so. To be honest, these monthly updates are really unappealing to me because it's either interesting to me or not interesting and doesn't actually give me enough incentive to log back onto the game.

I realize that Anet has to make money somehow. The $60 for the original game is apparently not enough to fund the game of this scale which is understandable. Still I really don't like the idea of pairing these monthly updates with new gem store stuff especially with these new gem store items that are raising more red flags every day.

If you had to pick one, would you rather have $60 expansions or these "free" monthly updates?

#2 Featherman

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:20 PM

Expansions with more a ethical cash shop. Updates should be reserved for fixes and fine-tuning existing systems.

#3 Coooturtle

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:20 PM

Well, im liking these decent sized content updates. But eventually, I hope they release an expansion, that could compare to the ones in GW1.

#4 Baron von Scrufflebutt

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:32 PM

Expansions. Not even close.
Don't get me wrong - I LOVE free shit, but I'd rather have good shit instead. (I also heavily disliked GW1 Beyond.)


(Having said that, I feel that sometimes even amazing shit doesn't justify the price. For instance, I feel that I could actually enjoy a lot of aspects of WoW, but a monthly fee just isn't something I am comfortable with. So I am reading the novels instead. ^^)

#5 ShezuTsukai

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:36 PM

I agree that the living story/updates keep game moving and I appreciate them. I would however like to see an expansion within the year. Dominion of Winds is calling my name.

I do not however want the expansion to cost as much as the original game. GW1 had to do this because they were not expansions but stand alone campaigns until GWEN. An expansion should be equivalent size to price ie 20% new content compared to original game = $12 expansion price.

#6 leongrado

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:36 PM

uhh my mistake.

Edited by leongrado, 23 April 2013 - 05:39 PM.


#7 Beta Sprite

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:37 PM

View PostCoooturtle, on 23 April 2013 - 05:20 PM, said:

Well, im liking these decent sized content updates. But eventually, I hope they release an expansion, that could compare to the ones in GW1.

This sums up my feelings.  New content that comes in monthly, like the Halloween, Wintersday, Southsun Cove, and Flame and Frost is nice and gives me something to do, but I really hope that we're going to see something like Cantha or Elona (or even Eye of the North) drop in, adding a large section of things to do.  Preferably alongside a release of the Tengu.  >_>

#8 leongrado

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:39 PM

View PostShezuTsukai, on 23 April 2013 - 05:36 PM, said:

I do not however want the expansion to cost as much as the original game. GW1 had to do this because they were not expansions but stand alone campaigns until GWEN. An expansion should be equivalent size to price ie 20% new content compared to original game = $12 expansion price.

$12 is being really cruel seeing that a new character slot costs $10. I'd say something like $40 or $50 would be much more reasonable and I would still pay $60 if they added new professions and races.

I also see an expansion being a great form of advertisement for their game for people who don't know about Guild Wars 2. The fact that an expansion is being released for the game would mean that the game is at least doing relatively well which would give new players incentive to try the game out.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:42 PM

View PostBeta Sprite, on 23 April 2013 - 05:37 PM, said:

This sums up my feelings.  New content that comes in monthly, like the Halloween, Wintersday, Southsun Cove, and Flame and Frost is nice and gives me something to do, but I really hope that we're going to see something like Cantha or Elona (or even Eye of the North) drop in, adding a large section of things to do.  Preferably alongside a release of the Tengu.  >_>

I'm sure it'll come when ArenaNet decides that the population not paying for gems hasn't paid their fair share yet.
It's okay to enjoy crap if you're willing to admit it's crap.
Every patch is like ArenaNet walking out onto the stage of the International Don't Kitten Up Championship, and then proceeding to shiv itself in the stomach 30 times while screaming "IT'S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD! IT'S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD!"

#10 Nabuko Darayon

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:43 PM

simple answer: Both. Expansions are quite fine once the game is all ready . Currently, monthly updates are much better and I think ANet knows it since they're still polishing the game.
Doubt any expansions will come untillclose to next Spring

#11 Swoopeh

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:45 PM

An expansion would theoretically be more appealing to me, however having to wait a year for it while the last one got boring after a few months doesn't really work. I'm looking at you WoW :P

So basically I'd prefer something in the middle - free monthly patches made by one team while another team works on an expansion which changes things more fundamentally.

View Postleongrado, on 23 April 2013 - 05:15 PM, said:

especially with these new gem store items that are raising more red flags every day.

Which items would that be? I haven't seen anything in the gem store that isn't reasonable.

#12 Strawberry Nubcake

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:59 PM

It doesn't matter which you prefer.  We're getting both and there will probably be stuff added to the cash shop to compliment the paid expansions when they are released.  I'm not sure why you would think there wouldn't be.  Because of the price tag?

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:11 PM

I prefer whichever option(s) leads to us getting new and better armor skins sooner.

#14 Katsumi Kei

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:23 PM

Well, the monthly updates are great and shouldn't stop comming out. However large content expansions should be made IMHO. While those free patches are always giving something new to play with, they are actually FREE. That alone makes them great.
Large content expansions are needed, since there is a lot in GW that is going on, The fight did not stop with Zaithan and Orr there are few other dragons that need their assess kicked. Also there are a lot of interesting places to be implemented in GW2.

View Postkalendraf, on 23 April 2013 - 07:11 PM, said:

I prefer whichever option(s) leads to us getting new and better armor skins sooner.
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