Hidden Arcana: Designing the New Lion’s Arch

by Anatoli Ingram on June 25, 2015 Hi, I’m Anatoli Ingram, and welcome to Hidden Arcana, where we’ll give you a look at some of the people and design philosophies behind the development of Guild Wars 2. The independent, semipiratical city of Lion’s Arch has seen years of attacks from minions of Zhaitan, giant enemy karka, and—most…

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Introducing PvP Guild Teams

by Samuel Loretan on June 19, 2015 Hi, everyone! I’m Samuel Loretan, and today we’re talking about guild teams—a new system that we’re adding to guilds with the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ expansion. Guilds are the central component of socialization in Guild Wars 2. We try to provide a lot of flexibility around that system—you can join up to five…

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Guild Halls: Missions for All

by Link Hughes on June 19, 2015 Hi, everyone. I’m Link Hughes, and today we’re going to look at the changes thatGuild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ will bring to guild missions. At their heart, guilds are about social connections that deepen through shared endeavors. In our current guild progression system, guilds are rewarded for playing together in small groups,…

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Rethinking Guilds

by Link Hughes on June 18, 2015 Hi, I’m Link Hughes with the Guilds team, and welcome to the next blog in our guild hall series. As we sat down to work on guild halls, it became clear that this was a good opportunity to reevaluate the entire guild system in Guild Wars 2…

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Welcome to Guild Halls

by Link Hughes on June 17, 2015 Greetings from the guilds team! We’ve been hard at work putting together the guild halls system for you, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share it. This is the first in a series of blog posts that will cover the different aspects of the system—and there…

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Combat Changes: DoTs and Dashes

by Roy Cronacher on June 10, 2015 Welcome, Tyrians! I’m Roy Cronacher, and I’m here to tell you about changes to our combat systems that’ll be arriving alongside the new specializations. I’ve personally wanted these changes for a while, so I’m very excited to discuss them with you…

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