I came close to tears watching this, in a good way. Certainly the familiar music is part of it. It's just good to see that Tyria still abides after 200 years (or about 4 years real time since I was really into it). It's kind of like how I felt about returning to Britannia in one Ultima game after another back in the late eighties. Perhaps it's silly to become emotionally involved in the fate of a purely fictional land, but that's not going to stop me. :)
I'm sorry, were those Naga Lions on the gate? I'm not sure if I should think that's totally awesome or completely wierd. Either way, this game can't come out fast enough for me. BTW, was in a Gamestop store the other day, looked through their Coming Soon binder, currently it's saying Fall '11 for GW2, and Spring '12 for TOR.
I enjoyed the first Guild Wars but got annoyed with how linear it was at times. Its just not that fun to be funneled along one track with no choices. If they can widen the world spaces out I will be on-board. The gameplay in GW1 was solid and it looks like GW2 is making big improvements.
These graphics look amazing, especially compared to SW:TOR which has embarrassing graphics for a 2011 MMO, and I don't care what anyone says... Good graphics go a long way in an MMO. Also, Bioware have focused way too much on story and Arenanet have put their main focus on gameplay. TOR's combat system seems like it was designed six years ago when WoW came out while GW2's will be semi-twitch-based with dodges and aiming. Aside from the huge amount of things that are better about GW2, no subscription fee guarantees TOR will end up dead in the water.
The art and graphics are just as mentioned at PAX East - stunning, like everything is drawn by hand ... and this short video just proved that. It even leaves you with the feeling of somehow wanting more and more, even if it is just a couple of more minutes of the game ... Looking forward to the beta later this year and obviously the game itself too ... :)