Guild Wars 2 getting global in-game leaderboards

Leaderboards for Guild Wars 2 to be rolled out after February patch; will start with PVP but will eventually include all players and span multiple game modes.

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The massively multiplayer online game Guild Wars 2 will be getting global in-game leaderboards in an upcoming update, developer ArenaNet has said.

The move comes alongside the launch of February's Flame & Frost content patch this week, which adds more competitive player-versus-player options to the game. Leaderboards will not arrive with the February content patch, however, but will be rolled out in stages as part of their own update.

"From the PVP side of the game, one of the things we're really trying to do right now is provide all the core support to build the base that you need for a really compelling PVP experience," said Guild Wars 2 director Colin Johanson in an interview with GameSpot. "This month we've got our two team-rated games going in, so teams can play against each other in competitive play, and they earn a rating for it."

Johanson says in-game leaderboards are a "big thing that our PVP community has been asking for, and this will basically allow people to see who are the best PVP players in the world and have that updated on a constant basis."

Getting PVP into the new leaderboards is the first goal for ArenaNet, says Johanson, though not all players will be able to get recorded on the leaderboards to begin with. "We're going to be rolling out in stages, so we'll roll them out with a small number of people first--maybe the top 100 players will be on the leaderboard when we first roll it out--and we're going to make sure that it's really stable and functional, and then we're going to keep adding to that and expanding on them going forward," adds Johanson.

Guild Wars 2 has no subscription rates, but offers services such as paid PVP tournaments as a way for the company to generate its revenue. Tickets to take part in these tournaments can also be earned in-game, however.

In the future, ArenaNet plans to have its in-game leaderboards cover multiple game modes, such as World versus World. "The current World versus World rankings happen on our forums, and we'd like to move that into the leaderboards," says Johanson, adding, "We'll be looking at PVE stuff for the leaderboards as well."

ArenaNet isn't prepared to date the inclusion of the leaderboards into the game, but says players should be able to expect it "soon."

Guild Wars 2 has sold 3 million copies and was the winner of GameSpot's 2012 PC Game of the Year award.

Discussion

46 comments
xinate
xinate

did anyone notice that the cover for this news is champion from League of Legends, not GW2?

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

The main things the game NEEDS are a player to player trading system and dueling system, everything else can wait if you ask me.

megakick
megakick

Guild Wars 2 still going strong unlike Star Wars Old Republic and World of Warcraft isn't doing as good as it use to.

LemonCreed
LemonCreed

and not a single fuck was given.

theblackfrog
theblackfrog

guildwars 2 is very lame, i was disappointed....after a week u have seen everything

DarthLod
DarthLod

Leaderboards.."sigh". I could care less about who is better and has a higher score. I play games for fun, not an ego boost.

b_o_l_h_a
b_o_l_h_a

Guild wars news, put a league of legends image.

Jacen22
Jacen22

I guess that will make PvP players happy. The game is good until you hit 80 then the lack of PvE end game content make it's pointless if you are not into WvW or PvP.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

umm... martin? "paid" tournaments don't actually cost money to take part. you might want to change that.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Whenever I read about leader boards I always imagine 2 giant billboards with constantly changing names and scores on them.  For some reason, when I read in-game leader boards, I imagine two enormous billboards with names and scores scrawled across them, always in view of the player, within the virtual world.


I know it's ridiculous but that's how I ideate.

Lord_Mantis
Lord_Mantis

Yeah, what's with the Leona Iron Solari skin?  Isn't that illegal or something?

mmmitchy
mmmitchy

Any reason why Gamespot used a splash art of Leona from LoL as the thumbnail for this article?

RatedRranger
RatedRranger

I posted that somewhere else and yet that comment appears here. :s

RatedRranger
RatedRranger

I still haven'tgot this game, and that makes me a sad panda :(

max-hit
max-hit

What happened to the hype? I'm glad time is the best judge.

moncealyo
moncealyo

No one is on anymore.  The fractals and the Halloween event ruined it for me.

emperiox
emperiox

Guild Halls or gtfo. GW2 is a joke, it isn't even a Guild Wars game...that's like Burger King calling themselves McDonalds.

thaddusbly
thaddusbly

Found the game enjoyable, but became stale once you got max lvl/gear, which was way too easy imo. 

gufberg
gufberg

I'd really like to see some up-to-date date for subscriptions on this and other MMO's. Sadly, mmodata hasn't bee updated since August last year. 

Anybody knows another site which keeps track of mmo subscriptions?

gideonkain
gideonkain

@theblackfrog First, if you havent gotten 100% map completion then you haven't seen everything.

Second, I'm on my 4th character now and just the other day wandered into a Char Mining area swarming with Dredge...400 hrs in and I totally missed this spot over and over. Besides that there are the dungeons and dozens of hidden Jumping puzzles (of which I only found one on my own)

Third, if you own this game more and more areas will be added in the future, so in time even if you have seen everything there will be more to see...not to freakin shabby for a one time purchase and no reoccuring fee. 

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

@DarthLod Its could 'not' care less.  To say you could care less means you care.  Think about it.

Ron_W
Ron_W

@b_o_l_h_a  I saw that as well, don't really care about the leaderboards, only clicked the link to say the same thing you did. you beat me to it :D

martingaston
martingaston moderator

@BrunoBRS Sorry, I have clarified that *one* of the ways to take part in the paid tournaments is by purchasing gems. That's how I've done it, anyway. 

martingaston
martingaston moderator

@Lord_Mantis This was a bug in the way images are stored on our servers, and has now been fixed. Sorry. 

I am also very much hoping it's not illegal, and that I will be able to avoid serving any uncomfortable prison time. 

Neuroelf
Neuroelf

guys, the game is doing great. dont know what else to tell you...

check xfire, + arenanet said the log ins have been steadily increasing in the past 6 weeks.

dont know what else to tell you, if you like mmos, its the game to play.

Neuroelf
Neuroelf

there is a lot to do in this game. and a lot to learn to do it right.

they add new stuff every month, that ISNT necessarly a "gear grind" instance. doing this is a sign of greatness and rik taking. its wonderful to find the game its right niche.

guild halls will be there in a few months. but there is much more to be done before that. leaderboards being introduced now that balance is "about right" (not perfect yet but solid enough to start) will get people interested in competitive play. guild missions will help to create nice "bonds" between the players and make the guilds stronger and more united. the guilds will also start to be known gamewide because of the leaderboards in wvw etc.

then other things will happen. imo, they are doing an interesting thing here.

you gtfo or you grow with the game. your choice.

DOW161
DOW161

@gufberg You just buy it once, from the site or in a store, and then play. No monthly payments. 


Oh and the game is GREAT!

asendedtrunks
asendedtrunks

@Salt_AU @DarthLod Just being as pedantic as you here :P; but not necessarily, let's say how much they cares is a scale of 0-10, maybe they care 1/10 and they are saying that they "could care less" but it would be difficult to. Neither of your statements are absolute and simply saying you could care less doesn't mean you care. /endpedantic. Could not care less would be the correct way of saying you don't care at all though.

gufberg
gufberg

@enartloc @DOW161 Sorry, i'm aware of that. It just falls so natural to call it 'subscriptions' let me instead rephrase:

Anybody knows another site which keeps track of mmo subscriptions/Active Players? 

martingaston
martingaston moderator

@aryeec @martingaston @Lord_Mantis I'm hoping that's just the time it takes for the cache to refresh - when I'm back in the office tomorrow I'll be able to take a look and get it sorted out :) 

toane
toane

@gufbergI may be wrong, but I think that such info is at each game's courtesy to share, and it should generally get published on a loose schedule and for business/marketing purposes only.
Also, since the departure from the dying subscription model, is there a standard for the definition of the "active player"?

ColdstoneX3
ColdstoneX3

@enartloc @gufberg @DOW161 i had a look at the server list the other day, after getting back into GW 2, i was pretty surprised at the sheer number of realms/servers, most of those i saw, US and Europe read as High Population, so id say plenty of people play GW 2