Guild Wars 2 devs spell out early issues

ArenaNet works on stabilizing parties and guilds, adding account security measures; takes a conservative approach to bringing more servers online.

The world of Tyria has bustled since Guild Wars 2 officially launched on Tuesday, but it has also suffered some growing pains like many massively multiplayer launches before it. ArenaNet compiled a list on Reddit of areas currently under work in the game, including bringing its trading post and mail system online and implementing more account security measures.

Not pictured: surging hordes of players.

Guild Wars 2 sold more than 1 million copies and hit 400,000 concurrent users as of its prerelease head start period. That player base has had problems staying connected, as ArenaNet said both the game's party and guild systems are failing intermittently. The in-game mail system will remain disabled to prevent account looting until email authentication for access from new computers is enabled. That feature is slated to go live today.

ArenaNet said it believes the majority of compromised accounts appear to be from other service's hacked account databases. The hackers then search for matching Guild Wars 2 accounts and can gain access if the same password was used.

Even players without security problems may have some trouble getting into the game. Additional French and German language servers have been brought online as worlds for both were at or near capacity. While servers are currently crowded, Guild Wars 2's developers are being conservative in adding more to avoid underpopulation once the initial rush of users subsides, ArenaNet said.

For more on Guild Wars 2, check out GameSpot's release impressions below.

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Spacemancer
Spacemancer

Can I get my account back? It's been 4 days, no response, hackers changed my email account, GG Arenanet, your perfect game has been ruined for me. Sorry I'm  just venting, sorry. 

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

A serious problem with this game is it's tech support. So far none of the issues I've experienced have be resolve. With Aion, if you accidentally purchase something by mistake, they'll at least reverse the purchase. In GW2, it's so easy to click an item from the NPC's and purchase it by mistake. There should be a confirmation for anything over a certain amount which there isn't. Two gold is a lot. I no longer carry much money with me now in this case.

jealmosa
jealmosa

I love this game, is amazing, best mmo i played and i have tera, wow, rift, and for me is the best out there, ty Arenanet for this game.

bmart970
bmart970

Played it, liked it, don't have a PC that can run it.

killa32130
killa32130

Got the game day 1, haven't had one issue with it so far. ArenaNet did a good game considering the size of it.

 

One of the few games today thats worth the $60 price tag.

 

 

 

 

oflow
oflow

So many ppl QQing about the game that havent bought it...it doesnt have a  sub buy it and if you dont like it stop playing.  Pretty sure as a gamer there are tons of games you have bought that werent good.  For an MMO with no sub this game is worth playing IMHO. Sure it has a few issues, but personally I havent had many. The game runs smooth for me, I never had log in issues/errors I started in the 3day headstart. The only issue I have had is the auction house being down a lot but thats not really a major issue for me since I dont buy gear leveling up anyway its a waste of coin.

 

If $60 is too much to spend on a game you might not like you should probably spend less time gaming anyway and more time working.  

 

If you dont have the game, criticizing it here wont help you since opinions are just that-- opinions.  Only you cant tell if you like the game or not.

 

Also, bitching about the cost of crafting seems kinda moot. Ya its expensive, its supposed to be. If it was cheap and you could max it in one day people would be bitching about it being too easy.

 

My recommendation is get a good guild that have dedicated crafters for particular professions. Have the guild funnel mats to these players and craft stuff for the guild. The entire point of this game is based on being a part of a GUILD. The fun factor is based pretty much entirely around this just like GW1.

 

Its pretty simple really. If you dont like the game stop peeing in the kool aid and go play something else. The WoW xpac is coming in a couple weeks, Age of Wushu is coming soon, Firefall is coming soon, the Rift xpac is coming soon.

Chonsie
Chonsie

 Most of the negative posts hear are based on rumors not fact at all. Yes the game is not perfect but you should play the game before you post some of this garbage.

CTU22
CTU22

@Slagar "The fact that you have multiple consecutive posts about how supposedly bad the game is, makes it really hard to trust you. How much is Blizzard paying you?"

My reply to this:

Actually, I've never played a Blizzard game in my life. If you paid attention to my post, I insulted diablo 3, which is a blizzard game. I actually play guild wars 2 and I'm stating what I find as kinda bad. I'm a greatsword burning dps spec and scepter shield support, a level 80 human with traits in zeal, valor, and radiance, 30/20/20 respectively. I've been to Orr, the dungeon with it where you battle the dragon

 

 

*SPOILERSPOILER* you kill him. You also reform destiny's edge and the man, Logan, who helps you with Queen Jeenah, dies.*ENDSPOILER*

 

 

So, yes, I have played, and yes, I know what I'm talking about. Cultural gear, have you looked at it? it's over 100 gold to purchase it. Have you ever crafted? It's 20 gold for an 18 or 20(I forget which, both of which cost gold) slot bag because of the holding rune. Yes, it's expensive as heck. Then copper on the trading post is around 20-30copper, that's triple of the higher level mats. You need 1000 or so copper ores because it's 10 copper ore and 1 tin to make ONE ingot. You need around 100 or maybe more. That's a few gold, which in this game is a lot. Then you buy the other mats, essentially, you can spend SEVERAL gold to buy these mats to create the insigna's or whatever other craft you are. People can be two crafts, that's not nearly enough for the that you earn from events and leveling. You gain 1 silver from each event and they aren't extremely frequent. Even on Orr, the endgame map, you gain 1 silver per event and there are no heart missions, so all you have are events. Not to mention, you barely have enough room in your bags as is. Guess what it cost to increase those slots? Gems, which require real money. To max out these bags, it's 40 or so dollars. Those of you saying that PVP, gear doesn't matter, it does. The stats you have stack, check it out, if you ever get to 80. There are weapons that cost 60 or so gold on the trading post as well. So each quest gives 50 copper to 1 silver, events give 1 silver, even at max level, if you don't craft and sell everything, you get around 7 gold, crafting, you lose 4 gold. Buying traits(guild war 2's equivalent of skills), you lose 3.5gold, which already leaves you in the negatives. You don't believe me? Play the game. Lastly, the person saying why don't you look at EQ grind to compare to this game, REALLY? At this day in age, you cannot get away with that much grind and make it enjoyable(speaking about EQ grind).

 

"WoW's launch was worse." Okay, make a game like WoW in this day and age, see how it does. "Final Fantasy 7 has worse graphics and it did fine." Make a game that bad today, without previous knowledge of how enjoyable the story was and see how many people buy the game. Exactly, your refutes make no sense. I'm stating exactly what happens in this game.

King9999
King9999

Seems like Rift is the only game in recent memory that didn't have problems right out of the gate.

Deinbeck
Deinbeck

Time to bring over Blade and Soul IMO.

UndertheArchway
UndertheArchway

Yet another botched PC launch, while not on the scale of the Diablo 3 farce it does make one wonder how they can not see these issues coming and sort them before release.

 

I was massively excited to get into Guild Wars 2 having loved the original but I'll wait till they can actually provide a working product before buying it.

scyldschefing
scyldschefing

I can't wait for these issues to be resolved, so that class balance issues can be addressed.

 

I know: it's still incredibly early, players are still just learning how their professions work at all, and class balance is among the best among initial MMO releases, but there are still very obvious profession imbalances.

fredwv
fredwv

ok, my first complaint.  There's no looking for group dungeon finder.  This is 2012, folks.  Get with the flipping times. Great game, otherwise.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I heard about a really bad camera with this game.  OMG not NWN2 again.  If it is as bad as that I can't buy GW2.

GarGx1
GarGx1

I keep finding leveling gaps, you go around an area completing hearts and taking part in events but there just doesn't seem to be enough xp awarded without having to repeat the same events over and over until I've leveled enough to continue with the story or the next set of hearts.

 

Maybe I'm just doing it wrong. I'm new to Guild Wars but a vetran of numerous MMO's

Battlemed
Battlemed

 @Snaptrap sorry, but you can't blame tech support for irrilevant problems that very few have. I regulary go on forums and the problem you've issued has probably 1 post over 1000. Anet has good tech support, all major problems they had at launch (parties not entering togheter in dungeons, Trading Post, mail system, server lag, overflow,) has been solved, or at least 99% fixed...

silent_riku
silent_riku

 @Snaptrap I suggest not playing in dimly lit rooms and playing only when you're not sleep deprived. It's hard to find your situation as a big issue considering it's your finger that clicked the button.Just a suggestion though, I'm not gonna say I don't go on all nighters but, "If you're not going to shoot, don't place your finger on the trigger." which in this case, is the left mouse button.

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

@jealmosa Agree... I have all that you have mentioned as well and GW2 certainly is my favorite at the moment. 

Alekxander
Alekxander

"You need 1000 or so copper ores because it's 10 copper ore and 1 tin to make ONE ingot. You need around 100 or maybe more."

 

Actually, 10 copper ore and 1 tin make FIVE ingots.

nu1mlock
nu1mlock

 @CTU22  @Slagar Just wanted to chip in and say that if you don't want to buy gems for real money to increase your inventory space you can just buy gems for in-game gold. Last time I checked you got about 380 gems for 1 gold, which is almost enough to get an additional bag slot.

CTU22
CTU22

 @Slagar Oh yeah, regarding the crafting, that cost is more than 4gold to max to 400. Copper only last till 100, so 1/4th of armorsmith or weaponsmith cost around 4 gold. So essentially 4 gold JUST to get 1/4th done with armorsmith. Sure, you can mine as you level, but the game is still pretty expensive, cost wise in gear. To show you how gold is hard to get... 50 dollars is about 7 gold.

fredwv
fredwv

 @King9999 oher than the fact that Rift is boring as hell, right?

slysin
slysin

 @UndertheArchway I wouldn't call it anything close to botched. Sure it had some issues here and there but for the most part it was smooth. Only gripe I had was the length of time it took to get the Trading Post completely operational.

Slagar
Slagar

 @UndertheArchway It's pretty normal to expect some teething issues with a product launch of this scale. Since you're such a perfect guy and perfect at everything you do, why not lose the ego and consider the fact that dev teams are only human too?

qweasd54
qweasd54

 @UndertheArchway "I'll wait till they can actually provide a working product before buying it."

 

You already missed the train on that one. Been working fine for a long while. The game doesnt need people like you anyway.

nu1mlock
nu1mlock

 @UndertheArchway It's working very well, with only a few smaller issues currently present. Mail, trading post etc. are all working fine. ArenaNet says there are some other issues with guilds for example, but I have yet to experience any. My guess is that not all guilds/users are experiencing all problems.Even with the early issues, I've been having a lot of fun, both with my friends and random people I meet in-game. If you're thinking of getting the game, I recommend doing so now as it is working great.

sammoth
sammoth

 @fredwv

 It's not needed. Waypoint travel is fast and your first Dungeon is at level 30. It's not about getting with the times. Dungeon Finders are for noobs.

scyldschefing
scyldschefing

 @fredwv I know it might seem stupid that I have this opinion, but I almost am GLAD there isn't a dungeon finder.

 

It's just so incredibly easy to travel from city to city to city to find people to join your dungeon group. Having to travel around the world to find people actually improves immersion for me.

 

I missed the dungeon finder tool as well, until I actually formed my first AC story mode group. I didn't miss it at all.

ED0511
ED0511

 @fredwv agree, I got some hard time in finding a dungeon group. I am not really sure who are finding groups and who aren't...

edant79
edant79

 @DeViLzzz The only camera problem I've had was being a huge  Nord, and accidently stepping on tiny little ant Asura running around me.

TheFarwind
TheFarwind

 @DeViLzzz

 I had some camera issues during a couple of the jumping puzzles for most of last week (starting about tuesday). However, I haven't had any noticeable problems the last couple of days.

Kickable
Kickable

 @DeViLzzz actually, I forgot about underwater camera.  it's pretty f'cking horrid sometimes.

Kickable
Kickable

 @DeViLzzz i haven't experienced anything particularly annoying yet.  besides a delay when vsync is on, but my PC reacts that way tomost games.  I can't compare to NWn haven't played it,  can you be more specific

Chonsie
Chonsie

 @GarGx1 I have not had this problem at all. If you finish the entire map, vistas and poi and story quests, is fine. Have not had repeat anything yet and I'm lvl 36.

scyldschefing
scyldschefing

 @GarGx1 I routinely level in areas higher than my level with no problem at all.

 

And no, I'm not a Guardian or Ranger, but a Mesmer. So I suspect that it's feasible for most all professions.

TheFarwind
TheFarwind

 @GarGx1

 I've actually been having the opposite problem (I'm level 40 right now). By the time I'm ready to progress onto another area, just from completing hearts and doing nearby events, I tend to be a few levels (~3 to 5) ahead.

 

Of course, I'm also running through other similar level areas to get all the skill points, and completing a couple of hearts and events there on the side. might be issues appear when I get to the higher level areas.

Marco79
Marco79

 @GarGx1 lvling is not a problem at all, getting 100% map completion, without repeating anything gives you just enough exp points to get to another zone, it works perfect for me, remember that crafting is giving your character exp too, so just use it a little too

nechiken
nechiken

 @GarGx1 Yeah, I agree that this is a problem. I haven't once been able to stay at the recommended level without going back and completing lower level zones to help with the lack of exp. What I've done so far is go far enough into a zone that I fall a few levels behind, then go back and complete an equivalent zone (in terms of levels). It helps you keep on track, but I still think it's a problem because levelling lacks flow. It's irritating to finally make it to a new zone only to be held back by the low exp gain. It feels like the progress you make through the game grinds to a halt every time that happens, and it's always something I dread about trying to clear a zone.

Dennarai
Dennarai

 @GarGx1 I think they are expecting people to WvW in between PvE.  But, why not?  It's hella fun and you can level from it.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

 @silent_riku I don't play these games to the point where I require some stupid energy drink and I don't play in dark rooms because it's bad for the eyes. Accidental clicks do happen. I think they don't do gold refunds because you can buy gold, which is what they'd rather have you do should you buy something you didn't intend to. Too bad the game went FTW on the cash shop.

szafto
szafto

 @fredwv  @King9999 Umm... RIFT is probably the best MMO i have ever played, yes the leveling experience is the "worst" part of the game but wow I love RIFT

UndertheArchway
UndertheArchway

 @slysin The severity of an issue is very much in the eye of the beholder, I did of course point out that it was no where near the level of the Diablo 3 launch, I expect a product I buy to come fully functional from when I get it not when they get round to fixing it and anything less should be completely unacceptable.

UndertheArchway
UndertheArchway

 @Slagar Nice to see some people can't respond to a post with out resorting to personal slurs about someone they have never met or had any dealings with.

 

I don't think it is particularly unreasonable to expect a game to work perfectly out of the box on day one. Sadly however it is a mentality that has become all too common from publishers (not devs as they have never been the ones setting the deadlines) that they can push out a faulty product then fix it later take Skyrim for example here which was a wonderful game once everything had been fixed.

 

More troubling than the publishers adopting this attitude is the way a generation of gamers a slowly finding this practice acceptable. From someone who had to put up with broken games on consoles before they could be patched through the internet I find the return to gradual erosion of basic consumer rights to have a fully working product from the second you get it out of the box something that should not be excused.

 

Then again one should hardly be suprised since people are perfectly prepared to buy jeans that are ripped up, sorry the term is "Distressed" I believe.

Kickable
Kickable

@UndertheArchway@Slagar

are you really surprised people respond with smartass comments?  while your first post wasn't full of such dramatics, it's clear now that you're holding an MMO to standards held by single player games and using mindless fashion fads to be condescending to fellow gamers. 

 

maybe those people are just a little more lenient because they just paid $60 for an MMO that's going to last years with no subscription(provided they like the game).  Or they actually took the time to read the service agreement before accepting it.  You're warned about the varying state of online play on the outside of the box before you even buy it.  hell even all these simple FPS games cover their asses that way..  ArenaNet actually went further than most developers, stating the possibility before launch that in the near future they would actually stop selling digital copies if the demand is too overwhelming. 

 

if we're fair and  consider almost every major MMO launch in the past to it it's very hard to call GW2 a botched launch.

nu1mlock
nu1mlock

 @halo_champion  Did I say something wrong? I pre-purchased the game back in April, perhaps you meant to reply to the first guy and not me?

elliopolisse
elliopolisse

 @Scarab83  @Dennarai  @GarGx1 I've been in WvW and I despise PvP. Doesn't change the fact you can run around, collect the Vistas, the skill challenges, and even find the MistWrought Vault. Also, crafting -really- boosts your levels. I went from 44 to 46 just from crafting yesterday. Nodes like mining give XP equal to 2-3 kills so just take them all (ore, trees, herbs) even if you're not using them in your current craft.

Kickable
Kickable

 @Scarab83  @Dennarai  @GarGx1 i think some who hate pvp would actually like it in this game.  if everyone's maxed level & don't have to update gear all the time.  pretty sure i'll still hate it though lol

Scarab83
Scarab83

 @Dennarai  @GarGx1 So far it's been fun, and I haven't had to PvP once. Plus, no monthly fee, so even if I quit when I hit max level, It'll be worth the $60. The PvP focus was why I quit GW1 when it first came out. They seem to have focused less on it this time around.