ArenaNet’s first hints at the big Guild Wars 2 celebration have dropped out. I hope we get a few more blog posts or interviews next week, but there’s a decent amount of information in the teaser. Things I found most interesting:
As if simply having a rockin’ tale of Halloween told in “four acts” isn’t enough, ArenaNet appears to be adding permanent features to the game during the Shadow of the Mad King event. PvP players will be happy to know that paid tournaments are going to be added, which gives PvP players a sort of ante-prize pool system to fight over. ArenaNet is also adding new content across a variety of maps in the form of “new events, jumping puzzles, bosses, mini-dungeons, and achievements”.
I would think they meant that the Halloween event would have this new content, but ArenaNet seems to want to separate this additional content in to it’s own “Tyria Evolving” section of the teaser. I find this incredible that new permanent, world content would be hidden in the Halloween event. As if there won’t be enough to do at Halloween! Pft. Perhaps, like Colin Johanson said, ArenaNet is striving to have the best MMO service possible in terms of new content delivery. Adding a crush of content instead of stringing it along has been a tried and true method (see expansions). I am still a little amazed that they wouldn’t “save” the permanent content for slower times. I must be getting a little cynical in my old age.
The other really interesting thing is that Costume Brawl appears to be a gem-costed event. The Black Lion Trading Co. (I’ve started calling it BLi[gh]T Co. in my head) will be selling Halloween costumes and transforms (tonics?) to participate in Costume Brawl. I do think this is a tad bittersweet, but it is way more sweet than bitter. I’ve bought Guild Wars costumes in the past, and I received no “toy” changing my skills. I think this is a nice addition, but I do imagine some of the “sour grapes”-ilk will not be happy at Costume Brawl being behind a velvet rope.
I share Markco’s concern that little or nothing has been said about items tradable in the economy, and he is going for a dollar-cost averaging investment of gems. I agree with Markco that the gem exchange rate will likely skyrocket during events. I expect he has more gold than he knows what to do with, but with my small change, I think keeping to flipping goods is a smarter, although more hands-on, investment approach for Halloween because of the huge middle-man cost involved with flipping gems. Regardless, if you envision playing Costume Brawl at all, I would drop a few gold in to gems now. Either way (gems or money), I think more value will be had now than later.
I’ve already soothsayed that events are a great opportunity for ArenaNet to work on some of the slower moving or over-supplied parts of the economy. I hope there will be a blog post by John Smith or someone else involved with crafting next week to discuss the upcoming event’s impact on crafting and/or the economy.
In just over a week the event will start. I am very excited, and I think this will be a treat for any Guild Wars 2 player that has not yet experienced an ArenaNet Halloween.