Need a break after the Guild Wars 2 Halloween event? Too bad. ArenaNet had other teams ready to lay up content right after the Mad King’s exit. Martin Kerstein stated that hints from the November content update would start with the same patch that takes out Halloween.
So what did the update bring?
Beached whales (h/t: daydreams356). Lion’s Arch now has to deal with beached whales. Believably this has to deal with whatever threat the Lost Shores holds. Other oddities include a new sign posted that warns that Lion’s Arch authorities are not liable for anything (e.g., devoured appendages, dinghies, seeing-eye squirrels), a few new ships in port, and a building standing next to it’s own inactive asuran gate just south of the gates to the racial cities. The new buildings have a unique symbol, which looks golem-ish, and the warning sign has a small stick figure fleeing from some big… thing.
On a livecast by mmorpg.com, Colin Johanson stated that the November update would ‘change the world’, and there would be a mid-size island map added for “fun” content. The island is not meant to compete with the Orrian end game it appears, but it provides its own storyline. Also on the island there will be a new dungeon that is meant to expand end game. Unique rewards only for the island will add that carrot element.
Expect hints to go down, ramp up, or wash away until the weekend event, which is slated for November 16. After the weekend event the island and dungeon will become permanent fixtures.