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Guild Wars 2’s first raid is live, Spirit Vale welcomes you to the jungle

It’s raiding men… and some sort of abomination that looks like a Headcrab mixed with a tree. Hallelujah! Yes, Guild Wars 2: Hearts of Thorns first raid has now gone live. It’s time to gather nine pals and start battling monstrosities in the jungles of Maguuma.

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ArenaNet released Spirit Vale last night, and the ten-player quest looks set to test your MMO mettle. It doesn’t actually contain the entire raid experience, though, as it’s but the first of three wings that will make up the full-fat adventure.

Here’s what ArenaNet have to say about Spirit Vale:

“There are no attunement quests for raiding in Heart of Thorns, and there’s much more freedom of party composition thanks to the versatility and universal healing ability of professions in Guild Wars 2. The ferocity of pace and action in raids is an extension of the core game’s combat system, where success is rooted in player skill, strategy and timely execution.”

To accompany the debut raid, the developer has also released a new patch that brings in “an enhanced squad UI”. The new update gives those with commander tags the option to create squads, which can then be broken up into further subgroups. Oh, and a new skill button has been added during “context-specific phases” of the raid. You can read up on the full patch notes over on the Guild Wars 2 forums.

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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in Guild Wars 2 News


Guild Wars 2 Fixes Expansion Pricing Problems With Refunds And Rewards

Addressing the rash of players upset over the pricing and features of Guild Wars 2‘s first expansion pack, developer ArenaNet has laid out a plan that should make nearly everyone happy.

Guild Wars 2 Fixes Expansion Pricing Problems With Refunds And Rewards

The folks whose main concern was the expansion’s $US50 price tag are just going to have to suck it up — that’s not changing. What is changing is what comes with a pre-purchase of the expansion for veteran players, and how players who purchased the core game over the past few months can get a refund now that the original game is included with the Heart of Thorns expansion pack.

First off, all veteran players who owned and registered Guild Wars 2 before January 23, 2015 will be getting an additional character slot for their account. This will allow players who’ve filled their slots already a chance to try out the new Revenant profession without deleting another character. This move addresses worries that new players were getting more of a value than existing ones, as a portion of the $US50 expansion was something they have already purchased. That means veteran players who purchase the more expensive collector’s editions of the expansion will get two slots.

The second biggest player concern regarding the expansion preorder was players who had recently purchased the full game, only to have it revealed that it’s included in the expansion pack, rather than requiring a separate purchase as originally outlined in the expansion’s FAQ page.

This gets a bit tricky.

Players who purchased the original Guild Wars 2 between 1/23/2015 and 6/16/2015 (when the expansion pricing was announced) and pre-purchase Heart of Thorns before 7/31/2015 will receive an automatic refund for the original game — as long as they purchased it through ArenaNet directly.

Those who purchased the original game through a third-party within the same time frame cannot be refunded, but they will receive an additional character slot (around a $US10 value).

Finally, those who purchased the game within the January through June window who do not wish to preorder the expansion may request a refund for the main game, but their account info will be lost should they return in the future.

Here’s a handy table created by Redditor Escath.

Guild Wars 2 Fixes Expansion Pricing Problems With Refunds And Rewards

I’m a little dizzy, but I’m feeling much better now that we’ve clarified the fine details of an expansion pack we still have no release date for. Thanks ArenaNet!

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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Guild Wars 2 News