Guild Wars gets sequel, expansion

Sequel to ArenaNet's online role-playing game will have persistent worlds, won't have subscription fee; Guild Wars Eye of the North due out this summer.

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Guild Wars fans have a lot to look forward to over the next few years, as ArenaNet today announced two more products in the PC role-playing series.

The developer has confirmed that it is currently making a full sequel to Guild Wars, and expects the game to go into beta "sometime in the second half of 2008." Unlike its predecessor, Guild Wars 2 will have a persistent world. Like its predecessor, the online game will not require a subscription to play.

A dungeon from Eye of the North.

Gamers who want to start prepping for Guild Wars 2 will be able to in Guild Wars Eye of the North, the first "true expansion" for the series set for release this summer. Eye of the North will require one of the previously released campaigns--Nightfall, Factions, or Prophecies--and will log players' accomplishments, which unlock exclusive items and bonuses in Guild Wars 2.

The expansion is set in the dungeons and underground regions of Tyria, the backdrop of Guild Wars Prophecies. Eye of the North adds 150 new skills, dozens of new armor sets, 10 new heroes, and several new items.

No rating or pricing information was announced for either product. For more on the Guild Wars franchise, read GameSpot's review of the original Guild Wars.

Discussion

163 comments
azzere06buzzin
azzere06buzzin

im sorry if i sound noobish but im having trouble getting whats hapenning and havent been on gws for sometime....u can have use your old acount name and password and it will just be like a new expansion apart from eye of the north (gwen)?. plus is gwen worth getting because im having trouble keeping interested and might give it up =( bcause ive been there done that kinda thing, and finally can someone tell me some good builds and sumbit there friends name to me or you can just add me (deathwalkers slave) thank you for your time and please reply deathwalkers slave

happy_fizzle999
happy_fizzle999

I Really Hope that this and Eye of the North will run on my PC*Fingers Crossed*.:) They Better not make it a crappy games for windows title where you need Vista, that would SUCK. Nuff Said

Faceless_Grunt
Faceless_Grunt

To start this whole rant off, the Guild Wars series is pretty just amazing. No disrespect for World of Warcraft players, but when you are able to have a higher level cap ( not finalized yet ), pretty much an unlimited amount of items, weapons, armor, etc., four different playable races, and no monthly fee of $15 USD then the game pretty much has to beat World of Warcraft. The locations are stunning in these games and same goes for the graphics. However, there are some minor glitches but majority of today's games have those so there is nothing to worry about. I too agree with lllscrewyoubig when it comes to the level caps. It would be nice if they slowly raised the level cap per expansion or mini-expansions. Therefore the message will be sent to gamers that if they want to get stronger, better skills, armor, weapons, etc. then they have to buy an expansion that adds on about +10 levels or so to the level cap. This will also allow the developers and AreaNet to make money and stimulate a profit because of the increase buying of their games due to the fact that the players want to get better - supply and demand. Overall, I am eager for this game and I can not wait. This would definitely be an upgrade for the series.

Anonymous_UT04
Anonymous_UT04

its looks prettyu good for now i mean like full world is interactive which is good (as soon as they dont lag like other unsuccesful MMOs) and there is a rumor there will be no cap which keeps ppl from playing bec lots of ppl play for the social aspect of MMOs where u want to reach the lvl no one reached or get the gear no one got so it may be good experience and new races brings some new features for the old subscribers and i agree with lllscrewyoubig but only maybe they should make the faction gainin so easy at begining and get harder later on just like exp or maybe they should give some balth. action reward in quests to also encourage ppl to do quests cause now in GW most ppl just skip the quests and do the main missions cause they rewards r peice of crap except for the skills

Illscrewyoubig
Illscrewyoubig

Meh, I think they should gradually increase the level cap by, saw 5 with each expansion until it gets to like 40, cuz 20 is a bit low. Also, some of the early skills are definately not as good as the later ones, and I'm not talking about norm versus elite. They should balance it out, because then players who've just started cana ctually win in PVP if they have skill, because right now the skills are unbalanced so you need to get a bit into the game (saw up to south shiverpeaks in prophecies) to get good skills to use i PVP. Plus that balthazar points to buy skills & weapon upgrades means more experienced players get even more stuff so its harder for beginners to get started

Shakeatron
Shakeatron

I notice a number of people wish to get rid of the level 20 cap. However, the whole point of GW was playing for skills not playing for levels as you do in most MMOs. Although I do feel that the level 20 cap is a little low, I also think it is a good thing because the game is about skills not about trying to advance to the highest level to "look" good.

ascalon94
ascalon94

if anyone is wondering gw2 will have a full area notr just outpost s but full area. i read it in pcgamer,,, check it out

sorin85lopa
sorin85lopa

i have prophecies,factions,nightfall,10 max chars and a lot of hours in this game.Would i buy guild wars eye of the north?OMG yes and i can not wait for guild wars 2 ,only the idea of makeing diferent races chars and it thrills me ,TY anet going to buy both the expansion and the sequel keep up the good job

Demon-Thief
Demon-Thief

I've played the original Guild wars...and it was amazing to start off with (having not played any MMOs before - except Runescape...which doesn't count xP) but as I got to level 20....twice and bought factions the euphoria started to wear off....I got bored and after playing for less than a year moved on...I will most likely end up buying Eye of the north to see how ArenaNet are doing with making GW better. If it is better than the original I will most likely also buy GW2 especially because it is said to be a rival to his WoW-ness (not my own opinion I have no idea...please don't complain that this is my opinion because it's not. I don't know enough about the game yet). I would, however, like it to have a better range of armour...with ratings similar to WoW (e.g. good, rare, epic etc.) and more weapons as each game brings new ons but not enough and people find themselves competing with too many people to sell the same weapon and prices seem to drop dramatically every now and then.

tanner2000
tanner2000

As much as I'd like to anticipate this game (GWs2 that is) as much as I do for Spore or Fable 2, I just don't see it happening. It's got alot to fix to sway my opinion. However, should it fix those things, and should it have modest minimum specs, I just may become a convert (I currently have 2 lvl 70s in WoW, and 4 lvl 50s in CoH/CoV)

Teka522001
Teka522001

i hope in GW2 they get rid of that crappy lvl 20 cap

stanislavski86
stanislavski86

I don't like GW's concept of non-persistent world but if GW 2 something free like WoW then i might make the switch.

ronnet
ronnet

I lvoe guildwars and I'll be buying Eye of the North aswell. But my PC won't be able to play GW2 and I don't feel like updating anymore, that's why I got my 360. 360 has enough games to keep me busy but GW2 is a direct sequel to one of mt favorite games so hopefully this will also be released on 360 (and PS3).

St_Jakhole
St_Jakhole

ok, persistent world. My friend told me it's going to have jumping, swimming, huge pvp battles, and world events with dragons and stuff. 100+ lvl cap, or no cap. and on top of all that, it wont have a fee. This, my friends, may be what finally topples WoW.

IQ_115
IQ_115

great news, looking forward to both guild wars!!!!

yohanjr
yohanjr

is THIS GONNA NEED A PREVIOUS GUILD WARS FOR GUILD WARSW

yohanjr
yohanjr

YES NO MORE WoW i knew I waited for a purpose and it is comming :) My father is getting me a PS3 so i now gotta save money for this. 1 word WoW and that is DELETE never liked WoW.

measian
measian

Great, no subscription. I'm getting gw 2 it doesn't get poor reviews. I don't know if I'm getting the expansion.

damntheirlies
damntheirlies

There's no way my computer will be able to handle the requirements for Guild Wars 2. I hope they release it on the next gen. consoles as well, I don't see why they couldn't what with harddrives and all.

BigTime102
BigTime102

I haven't gotten any of the expansion but ill be getting this one.

XeroComplex
XeroComplex

2: Guild Wars eye of the north will come out as an expansion this year, and Guild Wars 2 is coming out in a couple of years, as an entirely new game. This game looks sick.

GTMustang2007
GTMustang2007

Im confused many people have been saying that theres only one new guild wars coming out and other people have been saying that theres two new ones, Guild Wars 2 and Guild Wars: Eye Of The North is it really just one game or are there going to be two??

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

GW had the best pvp, RPGs like WoW and EQ had some of the best PVE and dungeons, sounds like GW2 will combine ALL of the best and will be an awesome package!!! Free persisting world? No load times? Real MMOness, not just some cities with people? I"M THERE in 08!

JediMoogle
JediMoogle

I read the info on the official website too and this sounds really nice. All high-level areas and content for GW2? I'll be there.

TrueIori
TrueIori

WOOT that all i got to say. But what does persistent world mean?

warhammer5678
warhammer5678

and people have got to stop comparing the game to WoW. Arenanet as said that they are not trying to compete or kill WoW, they are extremely different past the core premace

warhammer5678
warhammer5678

"persistent" for guild wars means that, if you choose to quest in the persistent world as opposed to instanced, things you do can and will affect the world around you permanently, read the article in PC gamer on it, it explains everything

3ateeji
3ateeji

GUILD WARS 2?!?!? Now thats to die for! I'm very impressed, knowing that this game will still be free, now i personaly beleive this game beats WoW all the way. period.

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

It will be still free? Now that's something impressive.

kdamian
kdamian

I will agree with veveqa. Apart from EVE no other MMORPG is "persistent". You could call them pseudo-persistent though. Things do happen in real-time but since there is nothing happens to your character when you are offline (apart from auctions in WoW) then it can't be persistent. I am a WoW fun and GW is great but it hasn't got the same scale. I think that elements from the two games could make a superb one, plus a combat system like Devil May Cry.

Streetrider9873
Streetrider9873

Does a persistent world mean that GW2 will be MMORPG like World of Warcraft? I just want to make that clear.

JustQuest
JustQuest

Amazing absolutely amazing persistent world and its free subscription this will cause an uproar to paying online games.

death919
death919

If you don't believe WoW is massively multiplayer then you have not spent more than 10 minutes with it. And 40 vs 40 battlegrounds are the very definition of massive. Or did you not know about those because you haven't played the game for more than a few moments?

NoctemInvictus
NoctemInvictus

I'm sorry but what do they mean by "Persistent?"

theKSMM
theKSMM

I hope support remains strong for the earlier games in the franchise after the sequel comes out.

wmwatson91
wmwatson91

I'm just going to go ahead and get on welfare now.

veveqa
veveqa

BetMonty - I think you're rather narrow-minded and foolish. If you believed GW was something other than what it was before you bought it, the mistake was solely yours. Previews and reviews showed the game and it's nature extremely clearly. Don't blame the developers for lying. They never did, and I'd challenge you to find ANY quotes that say otherwise. Some gaming mags misunderstood and misreported the game early on, but not Gamespot, and by three months before release, anyone who thought that game was a "persistent world"-game was a downright fool. As for there being "nothing massive about GW", that's trash. There's nothing massive about most MMOs by that logic. It has limited persistence, but again, many MMOs have next-to-no persistence, including WoW, which is "persistent", really, only through it's economy and the odd "world boss", and due to the fact that you have to somewhat compete with people for certain resources. The BGs in WoW, are a perfect example how UN-massive and UN-persistent the game is. MMOs are a sliding scale of "massive" and "persistent"-ness. GW is towards (but not at) one end, WoW is somewhere in the middle, and EVE is towards (but not at) the other end. EVE could easily be used as an example to suggest WoW is neither massive nor persistent. WoW is to EVE as GW is to WoW in terms of persistence and massiveness, so watch what you're claiming, lest you claim WoW out of even being an MMO (compared to EVE, it's sure not one). I'm very excited about the sequel, myself. I enjoyed GW a lot, but got left behind by all the expansions (I hope they release a "with all expansions" version with the next expansion). The creators have a great world with a fairly unique or at least unusual feel, and a great deal of talent in creating fun abilities to use. They've also managed to make a game which is actually great fun to play with only two or three human players, something most developers (including Blizzard) have singularly failed at.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Sweet. I'm not as interested in the first game but the sequel sounds awesome. A persistent world and still no fee? Count me in.

Joh_
Joh_

I agree with Icekxg. However, it does indeed sound nice with a persistent world. =D

Icekxg
Icekxg

Big fan of GW, still play actually. Glad to hear about a sequel, but I won't get pumped over it until I at least see a preview =)

BetMonty
BetMonty

You can't compare WoW and GW. You can't compare GW and ANY existing MMO because GW is NOT an MMO. There's nothing massive about it. I'm happy to hear this may not be true of GW2, but excuse me while I fail to hold my breath... coming from the guys that sold a standard multiplayer game by adding 3D lobbies (The towns) and calling it an MMO, I can't help but think this is more of the same: Cleverly told lies that people not paying attention devour without thought. Don't get me wrong GW is a great game, but it's not even remotely close to the game they told me it would be, before I bought it. Thankfully I happen to like competitive multiplayer games... a fantasy counterstrike with m:tg's cool of deck building is a good thing. Just don't lie to me and try to sell it as something it most definitely is not.

Deadmonkeys
Deadmonkeys

TGammet, Forget Prophecies. Factions is so much better you'll likely only play Prophecies again to get your character over to the Factions area -or, maybe to pick up some random skills from junk quests. Other than that, you'll be much happier with Factions.

TGammet
TGammet

I'm dying to get my hands on more GW! I got stuck though in Prophecies at around level 16 or so. *sigh* I really want to finish it up and get the other expansions. I have Factions but just don't play the damn thing because I want to get Prophecies done. Clean start time?

Oni
Oni

Awesome! This is a great series that under appreciated and overshadowed by the pretentious WoW. Still no subscription fee? Thank you!!!

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

i love guld wars, i know why people like WOW, but it isn't a game that even takes advantage of the persistent worlds, no one role plays the plays WOW it is basically sims online with good combat, could have easily used a system like guild wars without a subscription fee, heck if you look at the profit margins the game is r@ping players with that subscription. on that note, guild wars is the only true gamer centered MMO out there that isn't glitchy and unpolished, if i wasn't a student i'd play. mmo's are to addicting. kinda like oblivion, maybe this summer i'll buy all three, they should release a bundle for late buyers, especially with the last expansion coming out.

moreyko
moreyko

To quote Jeff Strain: "We are not making a WoW clone here, we are not trying to do what other MMOs have done"

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

eye of the north will cost less than $50 level cap for GW2 WILL be raised