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    Guild Wars 2 Release Date: August 28, 2012.



    Available Now! Pre-Purchase Your Copy Today for Exclusive Bonuses and Beta Access: LINK HERE

    Guild Wars 2 - Mass Info For The Uninitiated - Here

    What is ArenaNet?
    ArenaNet is a video game developer and part of NCsoft Corporation, founded in 2000 by Mike O'Brien, Patrick Wyatt and Jeff Strain and located in Bellevue, Washington. The founders of ArenaNet were former employees of Blizzard Entertainment who played important roles in developing the highly successful video games Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Diablo II, and the Battle.net gaming network.

    Will GW2 have a subscription fee?
    No. After buying the game you will be able to play for as long as you like.

    Will GW2 have micro-transactions?
    Yes, there will be micro-transactions. They will be similar to the micro-transactions offered in the GW1 store. None of the things you can buy in the in-game store will give you an advantage over other players.

    Links of interest:
    Character Tool: Here
    Skills Tool: Here
    Within the portraits you can click on the UK flag at the top right corner to get the font in English.
    Skill Compendium: Here
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    ArenaNet's MMO Manifesto - Here
    Top 10 Reasons to be Interested - Here
    10 Little Things to Like About Guild Wars 2 - Here
    Guild Wars 2 PvP Systems - Here
    Guild Wars 2 Cinematic - Conversation A, Conversation B
    Guild Wars 2: Behind the Scenes - Giving Tyria a Voice - Here
    The Warrior | Guild Wars 2 Professions - Here
    The Guardian | Guild Wars 2 Professions - Here
    The Thief | Guild Wars 2 Professions - Here
    The Ranger | Guild Wars 2 Professions - Here
    The Engineer | Guild Wars 2 Professions - Here
    The Necromancer | Guild Wars 2 Professions - Here
    The Elementalist | Guild Wars 2 Professions - Here
    The Mesmer | Guild Wars 2 Professions - Here
    Guild Wars Insider - Here
    Guild Wars 2 Video Archive - Here
    Guild Wars 2 Official site - Here
    Guild Wars 2 Official Wiki site - Here
    Guild Wars 2 PvP Overview - Here
    Guild Wars 2 FAQ, FAQ2
    ArenaNet's Official Blog - Here
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    Panel Discussions and Interviews
    Guild Wars 2 - PAX East 2011 - Part 1, Part 2
    PAX Prime 2011 Guild Wars 2 Panel - Here
    Guild Wars 2: PvP Interview with Boon Control - Here
    Athene and Swifty interviews Eric Falnnum (Lead Designer) - Here
    Interview with Colin Johanson (Lead Content Designer) - Here
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    Gameplay Footage (I suggest setting the resolution on some of these videos to 720p HD and watching it on full screen. It's awesome!)
    Guild Wars 2: Complete Press Demo with Developer Commentary - Here
    The Cynical Brit - PvE: Part 1, PvE: Part 2, PvP 1,PvP 2, PvP 3 High Level Asura Guardian Gameplay - Part 1, High Level Asura Guardian Gameplay - Part 2, High Level Sylvari Necromancer Gameplay - Part 1, High Level Sylvari Necromancer Gameplay - Part 2
    Boon Control vs ArenaNet Development Team: PVP Exhibition Match - Here
    Guild Wars 2: ESL Intel Extreme Masters PvP Exhibition Match - Here
    Revolutionary Underwater Combat System - Here
    Guild Wars 2: Asura Guardian Gameplay - Hidden Miniboss and Nightmare Court - Here
    Guild Wars 2 - Human Thief Gameplay - Here
    Guild Wars 2: Charr Guardian Gameplay and personal Storyline - Here
    Boss Fight "Tequatl the Sunless" - Explaining the lore, Explaining the fight mechanics
    Guild Wars 2 - Gamescom Footage with Developer Commentary - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
    Thief Gameplay Dynamic Event - Here
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    Press Release Beta Footage
    Cynical Brit - Mesmer Gameplay / Overview
    The Yogscast - Norn Part 1 - Character Creation and Starting Cutscene, Norn Part 2 - Hearts and Helping People, Guild Wars 2 Beta: Norn Part 3 - Bear Cubs and Swimming, Guild Wars 2 Beta: Norn Part 4 - Personal Story.
    MikeB's Videos - Here [Submitted by Angel of Lightning]

    Subscriptions:
    ArenaNet's Channel - Here
    Alexridiculous - Here
    Wartower - Here
    GuildWars2Live - Here
    GuildWarsCommunity - Here
    GuildWars2 Guru (Curse Network) - Here
    TGN Guild Wars 2 Show series - Here
    Gamebreaker Video Game Television - Here [Submitted by Angel of Lightning]
    TapRepeatedly - Here
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    PvE:

    How many levels will there be?
    The level cap is 80.

    How long will it take to reach level 80?
    After the first 20 or so levels, the leveling curve will become flat. This means that it will basically take the same time to level up from level 40 to 41, as it will to level up from level 79 to 80. The average time it takes to level up is currently around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    Will there be dungeons?
    Yes. There will be 8 dungeons at the release of GW2. The first dungeon becomes available at level 35. After that you will see a new dungeon available every 10 levels. There will be 3 level 80 dungeons.

    What are the dungeons like?
    Each dungeon has a story and Explorable Mode.

    Story mode is played through on the first visit to the dungeon. The dungeon stories, told through cut scenes and exposition, are focused on revealing and developing the Destiny's Edge situation.

    The Explorer-mode is designed and balanced to be a challenge for a small group. The player is presented with different play-through options, of which there are usually three to choose from. The party votes on the option they will take through the dungeon and the majority determines the dungeon version seen.

    Does every dungeon have rewards?
    Each dungeon has its own unique weapon and armor set modeled according to the theme of the dungeon. Completing a dungeon awards a token. A story mode token can be traded for a weapon from the dungeon set, while an explorable mode token can be traded for armor from the dungeon set.

    Is there a maximum party size for dungeons?
    The maximum team size for dungeons is 5.

    Will we be able to craft in GW2?
    Yes.

    What crafting professions can we choose from?
    In Guild Wars 2, there are eight crafting disciplines players can choose from.

    • Weaponsmith – Weaponsmiths craft melee weapons, such as swords, axes and hammers.
    • Huntsman – Huntsmen craft ranged weapons like bows and pistol, as well as torches and warhorns.
    • Artificer – Artificers craft magical weapons such as staves and scepters
    • Armorsmith – Armorsmiths craft heavy armor pieces.
    • Leatherworker – Leatherworkers craft medium armor pieces.
    • Tailor – Tailors craft light armor pieces.
    • Jewelcrafter – Jewelcrafters craft jewelry, such as rings and necklaces.
    • Cook – Cooks can prepare food which characters can eat for temporary combat buffs.


    How many crafting professions can 1 character have?
    A character can have two crafting disciplines active at a time, but can change their specializations at any time by visiting a master craftsman and paying a fee. All skill points and recipes learned in a discipline are saved when switching.

    How do I acquire crafting materials?
    There are several different ways you can obtain crafting materials:
    Harvesting – Ore veins, plants, and trees can be found around the world and harvested for materials.
    Looting – You have a chance of finding appropriate crafting materials like hides or trophies when you loot slain enemies.
    Purchasing – Some specialist merchants sell ingredients.
    Salvaging kit – Available from merchants, salvaging kits allow you to salvage crafting materials out of old or unwanted items.

    Will there be an auto loot option?
    Yes.

    Will there be player housing?
    Every player has a home instance in their race's capital city. The home instance updates constantly as a character progresses through the story, including the addition of special NPCs and merchants who will be different for different characters depending on who was met and befriended during the character's personal story. You can bring friends to your home instance.

    PvP:

    Will there be open world PvP?
    No, there will be no open world PvP.

    Will we be able to duel each other?
    Not in the open world. However, 1v1 will be possible in Hot join PvP.

    Please look HERE for more information about PvP. Also, The Battle of Kyhlo – Jonathan Sharp on PvP.

    Races & Professions:

    Will there be different races to choose from?
    Yes, you can play as a Human, Norn, Charr, Asura or Sylvari.

    How many professions are there?
    There will be eight professions: The Elementalist, Warrior, Ranger, Necromancer, Guardian, Engineer, Thief and the Mesmer.

    Will there be dedicated healers in GW2?
    No, Arenanet has removed dedicated healers. Everyone will bring a self heal, and each profession will be able to do some healing and support.

    Will we be able to choose a secondary profession?
    No, this system was removed in the earlier stages of GW2 so it would be easier for the developers to balance the professions against one another.

    Are there profession restrictions on races?
    No, every race can be every profession.

    Armor & Weapons:

    How does the armor system in GW2 work?
    There are 3 types of armor in GW2, namely: light, medium and heavy armor.

    Light armor can be worn by scholar professions, medium armor by adventurer professions and heavy armor by soldier professions.

    What weapons will be available in GW2?
    The following weapons will be available at release:
    One-Handed: Axe, Dagger, Mace, Pistol, Scepter, and Sword.
    Two-Handed: Greatsword, Hammer, Longbow, Rifle, Shortbow, and Staff.
    Offhand only: Focus, Shield, Torch, and Warhorn.
    Underwater: Spear, Trident, Harpoon Gun

    Please note that there is concept art for other weapons as well, but these will not be in the game (at least not at release).

    Will armour have "stats"?
    Yes, the armour in GW2 will all have different stats.

    Will it be possible to upgrade your armour?
    Yes. Each armour piece will be able to be upgraded with an upgrade component. These components grant additional bonuses to the armour.

    How are armours and weapons acquired?
    Armors & weapons can be acquired in several ways. You can:
    • Purchase it from an armor- or weaponsmith.
    • Craft it.
    • Get it as a loot drop from a monster.
    • Get it as a reward for completing a dungeon.
    • Get it as a reward from the Hall of Monuments.


    Is it possible to dye armor?
    Yes, GW2 has a very extensive dye system.

    Is it possible to dye weapons?
    Currently, no.

    Will each race have its own armour sets?
    Every race has several sets of armor that are restricted to that race. There will also be "normal" armor that looks good on every race.

    Character:

    Will character creation allow for more robust customization tools?
    Yes. You will be able to adjust body types, allowing for stocky, skinny, and muscular characters. Each race has its own unique set of options, including Charr horns, Norn tattoos, and Asura ears. There is a large variety of faces and hairstyles, and you can even customize facial features. A brief demo of character customization can be found HERE.

    Can I have a one word name?
    Yes.

    Can I have a multiple word name?
    Yes.

    What are the naming restrictions?
    19 characters with spaces counting as letters. In the English version of the game, only English letters are allowed.

    Guilds:

    Can I join different guilds on the same character?
    Yes, you can.

    Can I join different guilds on different characters?

    Yes, you can.

    Can I join the same guild on different characters?
    Yes, you can.
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    Goodjob keeping this thread active, keep it up, im really looking forward to this game i just hope it has active support interms of Gms and continuous updates. Nice sig by the way hope its true cuz we love a challenge, lotta funny comments on the gw2 youtube vids lol, ppl saying they quit wow to watch gw2 vids, some say they quit life for the actual game lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samurailos View Post
    Goodjob keeping this thread active, keep it up, im really looking forward to this game i just hope it has active support interms of Gms and continuous updates.
    Thanks, I'll be keeping the thread active for sure! Also, I'm pretty confident ArenaNet will be on the ball with their updates and GM support. What I'm hoping is that they don't outsource their Customer Support to India like SW:TOR did. Even if they outsourced it here in Jamaica, I'd breathe a sigh of relief.

    Quote Originally Posted by samurailos View Post
    Nice sig by the way hope its true cuz we love a challenge, lotta funny comments on the gw2 youtube vids lol, ppl saying they quit wow to watch gw2 vids, some say they quit life for the actual game lol.
    Concerning my sig... I'm as hardcore and competitive as they come when it comes to gaming... and I've been gaming from Pong and Atari days. Skipping school to play Space Invaders at Overton Plaza at the arcade... yeah.

    Concerning the quotes... lol. One of my favourites are: "The Mayans were right, 2012 will be the end of the World... of Warcraft".
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    Talking about 2012... it's time for everyone to put on their tinfoil hats as I give my official GW2 release date prediction.

    ::drum roll::

    April 26th, 2012.

    Now you may be wondering... why?

    First of all ArenaNet is notorious on keeping secrets... well to be more specific... their inability on doing so. For instance, images and insider reports on Mesmer being their last profession had been in circulation for months before the "secret profession" was revealed. Even the official Mesmer video was released early. According to the tweet, the full reveal of the Mesmer was slated for Wednesday, but the CMs said that "someone jumped the gun" and let the information slip earlier than desired. Apparently GameReactor Denmark jumped the embargo and posted a video about the reveal (the video has since been removed from the site).

    Here is an image of the Mesmer which was leaked months before... when it was still "the secret profession":

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    I digress...

    Now let's take a look at the FACTS:

    On the official Guild Wars 2 Twitter page, they made this quote "Ten Ton Hammer readers voted #GuildWars2 as their "Most-Anticipated Game of 2012"! http://cot.ag/yFb9W6 Thank you for your support! #GW2 ~RB". Now I would say that's confirmation of a 2012 release. That aside...

    Closed beta testing started on the 16th of December 2011. ArenaNet said they DO NOT wish to have a long beta. Now, most gaming companies take about 4-6 months in closed beta, and more of them are completely doing away with open betas beyond a 1 or 2 day stint to stress test their servers. Trion had two and a half months of closed beta and an open beta a week prior to the release of the game. Bioware did 3 days of open beta a week before early access release as well, just so they could stress test their servers.

    Now let's get to the meat of the matter, there has been some talk about an insider leaking a projected release date of April 26th, 2012. So far, most of these "leaks" have held true... and I'm inclined to believe that this is also one of them.

    In the video below starting at 1:14, the folks at Wartower in Europe did a satirical "interview" with Community Team Lead, Martin Kerstein. Now notice all the questions they asked: Mesmer (HAPPENED), BETA 2011 (HAPPENED), Expansions (CONFIRMED), April 26th release date (TBC).

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    Since there seems to be interest.

    Guild Cast at Gamebreaker.tv: GuildCast
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel of Lightning View Post
    Since there seems to be interest.

    Guild Cast at Gamebreaker.tv: GuildCast
    Hey thanks Lightning, I'll add that to to the "Links of Interest" you a di boss! If anyone has any other links of interest as well, you can just post them here and I'll add them to the repository. I put it under "subscriptions".
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    I added some high level gameplay from the Cynical Brit's channel. It's under Gameplay Footage in Links of Interest. Enjoy.

    p.s. Set the resolution to 1080p and watch it in full screen, it feels like you're playing the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoWJamaica View Post
    I added some high level gameplay from the Cynical Brit's channel. It's under Gameplay Footage in Links of Interest. Enjoy.

    p.s. Set the resolution to 1080p and watch it in full screen, it feels like you're playing the game.
    Great Job so far keep it up :-) going to watch videos now
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