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Gaile Gray returns to the community team

18 September 2014 - 07:18 AM

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Gaile Gray returns to the community team


For many of those who have been with Arenanet for many years, you may recall she used to be the community team leader for a good chunk of Guild Wars 1, but was moved to support liaison before the launch of Eye of the North.  Due to internal reshuffling at Arenanet, she is now back in the support team role, meaning she is back in telling Arenanet what the community wants.  Micheal Henninger announcedthe news, and is taking her position.

Most of you know that Gaile has moved from Customer Support to a new (and very awesome) role over at the Community team. She’s still nearby so I think I can still hit her with my trebuchet – I’ll report results soon.

A Fresh Start: The New Player Experience in Guild Wars 2

28 August 2014 - 04:16 PM

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A Fresh Start: The New Player Experience in Guild Wars 2


Arenanet has just announced the next feature in the September 2014 feature pack.  All the features in the official announcement are directed at new players and new characters.  Most updates are streamlined feature, such as immediate weapon unlocks and guidance options, and some are new, such as level up panels and unique rewards.  You can read the full announcement here.

As we continue to grow Guild Wars 2 and plan our next steps for the future of the game, it’s important we have a solid foundation for all the new players we plan to welcome in the future as well as players who return after long breaks from our game. The coming feature pack is bringing improvements that were designed to ensure the  leveling experience and, most importantly, the learning experience is solid, clearly messaged, easy to follow, and rewarding. These were part of the game when we launched in China, and now they’re making their way back to North America and Europe.

Crafting Backpacks, New Leveling Items, and More!

27 August 2014 - 05:36 PM

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Crafting Backpacks, New Leveling Items, and More!


Arenanet have announced some new updates for the September 2014 feature pack.  New crafting backpacks, leveling items, and profession-specific loot tuning are among them.  Click here to read the official announcement.

These new weapons and armor help crafters get ahead of the game, but we also want crafting to have a strong visual reward so players can show off what they’ve accomplished so far. That led us to the creation of the new Crafter’s Backpacks. They’re only accessible by practicing a crafting discipline, and each discipline gets a unique look that progresses as you advance and builds on top of what you’ve already made! These backpacks don’t take much to build, but they’ll guide players up from novice to adept crafting in each discipline, bring in new looks to your Wardrobe, and come with a bit more combat flexibility than many players might have seen.

Improvements Galore

26 August 2014 - 05:59 PM

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Improvements Galore


Arenanet has announced some coming general game improvements in the September 2014 feature pack.  Among these changes are removal of the "dungeon owner," an updated crafting UI, and performance updates that include desired optimization.  You can read the full announcement here.

We‘re always working on the performance of the game with every update, but we have a big batch of improvements coming in this feature pack. We’ve changed the way many of the underlying systems work, making them more cost-effective, which will reduce how often players will be seeing issues caused by performance. This is most notable in large combat situations like WvW and at the PvE world boss events. These improvements affect both the server and client performance, so in these situations, you should see increased frame rates as well!

New region incoming!

26 August 2014 - 03:06 PM

Well, look what Arenanet has been teasing...

For extra information, this was posted by WoodenPotatoes today.  The screenshot looks like a beta screenshot, but isn't,  He's confirmed it's from a closed client, and he was allowed to release it by Arenanet's permission.  There is a reason they want to share this.

He also claimed he'd have more new today about upcoming content, including information about a new region.