Guild Wars 2 Halloween-themed update arrives today

First major content update for free-to-play MMORPG rolling out today; adds four-chapter story detailing the Mad King, Halloween activities, new items.

The first major content update for Guild Wars 2 is rolling out today, publisher NCSoft has announced. The free Shadow of the Mad King adds a new four-act story, Halloween-themed activities, and nearly 80 new pieces of content in total.

Spooky?

The four-chapter story begins today and runs through October 31. It details the legend of the Mad King, with players able to explore the "strange energies rising under the autumn moon." Act 2 begins October 23, Act 3 launches October 28, and the final act takes place on Halloween itself October 31.

The Shadow of the Mad King also brings new Halloween-based activities including trick or treating, and new crafting recipes. Additionally, the game world of Tyria will be decorated in line with Halloween.

Lastly, the Shadow of the Mad King adds new items to the Black Lion Trading Company, including costumes that allow players to perform "spooky spells" and tonics that morph players into ghouls and ghosts. In total, NCSoft said there will be 80 new pieces of content available in the Shadow of the Mad King update.

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44 comments
NightmareP3
NightmareP3

Best MMORPG in gaming at the moment, better then WoW in every way, I'm only level 32 so far but i'm having a ton of fun. It's the first MMO that doesn't feel like a chore to me, i hope the halloween event quests won't require having a high level character would really suck to miss out on the new quests.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Free to play?  That's funny, I don't remember getting this game for free.  But thanks Eddie, another Gamespot article with top notch attention to detail (note the sarcasm).

 

On a positive note, this game is a ton of fun.  I'm enjoying every minute of it!  

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

love the themed update idea.. more games should release themes based on seasons and occasions more often! 

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

LvL 64 and having a blast. This is the most fun i've had since EQ, and the best part? No monthly fee. Suck it WoW.

sonicare
sonicare

I understand what he means by free to play in this instance.  Not that hard . . . .

killman961
killman961

free-to-play? is it f2p or did they mean pay once and play?

aryeec
aryeec

I was about to comment on how I've seen that exact same moon in someone else's art before and that they better have permission to use it. Then I remembered it was from Guild Wars 1.... xD

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Yes, the game is very boring. Generic world along with generic MMORPG gameplay defines this overrated game.

Curzad
Curzad

Just wish I had more time to play. Lvl 39 right now and love the game

vishisluv7
vishisluv7

For years we were fed the BS about subscription being required for a AAA MMO.

They lied, GW2 thrived.

watchuwa
watchuwa

really boring game. just gonna stick to wow

jazilla
jazilla

this update is more than just Halloween stuff too. New Halloween stuff coming out all week.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I have some Friends that are going to be very excited for this update. :P

Steba93
Steba93

Any idea is majority of this halloween stuff only for 80lvl characters, like the acts, or can everyone do them no matter the lvl?

northArrow
northArrow

I used to think subscription fees were required to keep high quality MMO's online and and updated with new content.

 

Arenanet keeps proving me wrong.

AlmaDanny
AlmaDanny

Yo Eddie! Guild Wars 2 is not Free to play. You call yourself news editor? 0_0

snaketus
snaketus

Nice, I was kinda waiting something like this. Good for athmosphere.

carolino
carolino

if you see me there you better give me candy else ill backstap you in wvwvw ;)

 

solid game

steter1985
steter1985

couldnt get past level 10? so you played for 15 minutes and quit?

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Couldn't get past level 10.  Most disappointing purchase in quite some time. 

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

 @Landsharkk

 God, even GS screwing up calling this F2P? Idiots! It's subscription-free, not free to play, people! If this were "F2P," then basically every single other game of all time besides WoW would be F2P, from Mario Brothers to Madden. Get your freaking definitions straight. It's $60. That you pay once. To play. Not complicated. My goodness 60 days post-launch and people are still calling it f2p 

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Curzad Me too, I'm low 30's and wish I had more time to play!  Every time I log in I have a blast though.  

killa32130
killa32130

You took the time to come here just to say the games boring for yourself, okay.

carolino
carolino

 @Steba93 its for all but charr races..They don´t need halloween to scare the crap out of me

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

 @steter1985 Maybe an hour or two combined trying different classes, hoping something would be interesting.

UniversalCypher
UniversalCypher

 @jinzo9988 maybe you should do more research before you buy games. its not the games fault that you dont like the game.

AfrosRockMan
AfrosRockMan

 @Lattata  @AlmaDanny I'm pretty sure a $60 buy in doesn't count as free to play. It just means that the game doesn't require a subscription.

AlmaDanny
AlmaDanny

 @carolino  @AfrosRockMan  @Lattata Oh i don't know about buy to play but Guild Wars Series have never been free to play. Saying guild wars as free to play is just misleading.

derceto
derceto

 @pinching_perry  @enartloc  @jinzo9988  @carolino  @steter1985    Likely the smartest post I've seen on here when comparison of WoW and GW2 comes up.   Not sure how others can't deduce this themselves, but.... you're absolutely right.   The similarities end at the most basic of levels.   

 

Of course there's always the sensitive WoW players that are compelled to spam "this game sucks" or "this game is so boring" in ever article related to GW2.   It's rather easy to deflect these days. :)

pinching_perry
pinching_perry

 @enartloc  @jinzo9988  @carolino  @steter1985 It's always interesting to see people draw comparisons to WoW and GW2, because ArenaNet made no claims that they were similar, and they aren't, except that they are in the same genre. It is like saying Halo and Call of Duty are similar. Why? Because they both have guns? 

 

They are similar only on the most basic level, such as they both have classes, they both have crafting you kill things. But you do all of these things in Diablo too, so there's really not a direct line of comparison between WoW and GW2 as the gameplay is so much different than that of WoW. You are entitled to your opinion, however :)

enartloc
enartloc

 @jinzo9988  @carolino  @steter1985 while i agree the game is for casuals only,and offers no hardcore gamer appeal(other than the not laddered,not viewable,not balanced sPvP),the game is a total opposite to WoW,i don't know what makes you say that.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

 @carolino  @steter1985 Sorry, but it's massively boring.  After playing WoW for seven years, you guys can kid yourselves all you want but to me, GW2 is very much like WoW.  I spent at least a month or two on TERA because it at least did something significantly different.