Memebers of the ArenaNet team will be flying out to Cologne, Germany, to show off Heart of Thorns to the audience at Gamescom 2015. The new expansion will be on display at the Guild Wars 2 booth, where visitors will have the chance to try out the new content for themselves.
If you’re in Cologne on August 8th, you’ll also have the chance to watch the World Tournament Series finals, where four teams will fight for a piece of the $50.000 prize pool. There will be discussion panels each day, and you’ll be able to meet members of the development team. Most of it will be streamed via Twitch, so you can enjoy it even if you can’t visit.
The beta event weekends for the Heart of Thorns expansion are nearing. The first one will go on from August 7th to August 10th, and everyone who pre-purchased the upcoming expansion will get the chance to take a stroll on a new map, try out the new profession as well as the added specializations.
The beta will be available from noon PDT on Friday (3PM EDT/9PM CEST), until noon PDT on Monday. As expected, we won’t be getting access to everything – only a portion of the map, as well as the general content, will be on show, since the developers don’t want to spoil the experience for us. We’ll be able to use a new button to create a lvl 80 character complete with gear, so we can try out the revenant profession and the new elite specializations (chronomancer, dragon hunter, tempest and reaper).
The game will start with a big battle in Silverwastes that will lead you into the new area. You’ll get to see a jungle zone and a place called Verdant Brink – only 25% of the area will be accessible during the betas. You will also be able to take the newly made characters for a spin in the old lands, in all forms of play. Progress will transfer between betas, so you’ll be able to continue where you left off at the next event.
There’s good news even if you haven’t bought the expansion yet – the Stronghold PvP mode will be available to all players during the beta events. More info can be found on the official blog.
We have some exciting news for all the RPG fans out there. As many of you know a new, massive, open world RPG game is coming out in less then two weeks – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It promises to be one of the largest single player RPG games on the market and from everything we’ve seen from the footage released so far it will be a real treat to RPG fans all over the world. Our sister website GosuNoob.com has decided to celebrate the upcoming release by giving away pre-order keys of the game to two lucky winners in their Witcher 3 Giveaway! All you have to do is enter your email and you have a chance to win, with additional entries earned through following their social network pages. In case you haven’t yet pre-ordered the game or are curious as to what it is going to be like head on over to gosunoob.com and enter the giveaway.
We, here at MMORPG Life, also decided to create a Witcher 3 dedicated website called Witcher 3 Life. Yes, Witcher 3 is a single player game, but with having loads of quests, huge open world, RPG lore based in Slavic folklore, abilities, crafting and all the other hallmark features of MMORPGs we believe it deserves a place in our network of websites. Bookmark the website because you can expect to see all the stuff you got used to seeing on all other MMORPG Life websites (from tools to database information and guides).
It was just announced at Pax South in San Antonio, Texas, that Guild Wars 2 is getting a full fledged Expansion pack called Heart of Thorns. Announcement was made by the co-founder Mike O’Brien and game director Colin Johanson during a Guild Wars 2 panel that was livestreamed in front of more than 65.000 viewers on Twitch. Here are the major points that were announced about the new expansion:
Heart of Maguuma Jungle is where expansion takes place and where you fight Mordremoth
There will be no raising the level cap – no gear treadmill
New way of character progression called Masteries
Jungle is a huge vertical space – you will have to master new skills and abilities to traverse the new zones
New group challenges that will require you to master those new skills and abilities
New profession specializations – customization of professions
New guild support and new guild progression
New challenges and achievement
New Legendaries and precursors
Brand new profession – The Revenant – Heavy armor
New WvW Borderland map
New PvP mode – Strongholds
Mastery system is account wide and all level 80 characters you have will have unlocked what you unlocked with the Mastery system
Mastery points can be gained from single and group challenges, exploration, achievements and more
Hand Glide ability can be gained through Mastery – flight for your character for better exploration of the jungle
New civilizations and you can master their languages and access lore for those civilizations
Mastery system will allow you learn new combat abilities as well
Mastery system will allow you to build collections that will send you on a quest to get precursors for legendary weapons
Help you grow your profession into something new
Almost like a secondary profession
Rangers will be able to master the abilities of a Druid. Rangers will be able to grow into a druid and get access to a new heal skill, new elite skill and new mechanic, if a Ranger decides to go for a druid specialization. Druid ranger will be able to use a staff,
Necromancer specialization will allow Necros to use greatsword weapon
PAX South is underway in San Antonio, Texas, this weekend and ArenaNet team has a few surprises in store for their fans. The attendees will have the opportunity to visit a Guild Wars 2 panel with co-founder Mike O’Brien and game director Colin Johanson, where the future of the game will be discussed. They will be joined by Jennifer Hale and popular personalities like AuroraPeachy, Bog Otter, Jebro, Chronick and “surprise guests”.
Those of us at home will be able to join in on a livestream on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel (http://www.twitch.tv/GuildWars2), starting with a pre-show at 10:00 a.m. CST (8:00 a.m. PST, 4:00 p.m. UTC). The stream will also offer a post-show commentary by MattVisual and WoodenPotatoes.
If you’re not interested in the show, there’s still ways to benefit from it – during the weekend, all players will be rewarded with double XP. Experience boosters will be sold with a 15% price cut, and the game itself will receive a generous 75% off sale on their website (http://buy.guildwars2.com).
From September 25th, for a limited time only, MMO fans can explore the world of Tyria and play Guild Wars 2 for free. The free trial begins at 12 a.m. PDT September 25, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT October 1, 2014.
We’ve opened up free trial account registration, so you can create an account now, download the game, and get ready to explore the world of Tyria on September 25!
If you participated in an earlier Guild Wars 2 free trial, you’re invited and your existing account will work for this trial too. Download the game now!
It has been quite a while since we updated GW2 Life. There are many excuses that we could make for this, but when Season 2 started and a whole new zone got added we figured there is no excuse for not returning to the game and checking out the new content. New zone is called Dry Top and you can reach it via a portal in western Brisban Wildlands. There are 19 new Points of interest, 4 skill points and 5 vistas to be discovered in this zone. We found locations of all of them and added the map of Dry Top along with guides on how to find each and every POI, vista and skill point (as you should be used to by now from our website). We also added locations and screenshot guides for various events found in the zone that help towards the Dry Top achievements. You can reach the new pages through the Interactive Maps menu drop down up on top of the website or by clicking here. There is a Jumping Puzzle in the new zone as well and we are working on the guide for it. You can expect to see it up on the website shortly.