Well, it was definietly planned and even advertised this way but it is not. Complelty unnessery 50 levels ( seriously all progression after 30 levels feels so artificial), absurd gold sinks, adding gear grind. There was (and maybe still ) potential but for now it wasted. I love how people cry that many zones are empty and are at the same time stating neccesity of gold sinks WP travels. GW2 funnels players into gear and gold farming and punishing those who want to explore the world.