Three years. That’s pretty good for an MMO to remain in some limelight. To my knowledge the only other two NA-market consistencies are the mythic World of Warcraft and the dark horse EVE.
Players with three-year old characters get a new finisher, some buff goodies, and their choice of a gem store dye (account bound). The latter is really nice for anybody not selling those dyes because you can get a swank 100+ gold dye for blowing out the third year birthday candles.
News? Well of course there is the expansion – Heart of Thorns. It is something that perhaps should have been done before the Living World experiment, but perhaps now there can be both. Question mark. ArenaNet hasn’t really discussed their beyond the expansion plans.
After the first beta weekend for Heart of Thorns, getting to play the reaper (necromancer elite spec) and part of the new map without a 2-hour time limit. My only response was “yup, I’m ready”. A release date would be nice, and a good place to announce it would be at PAX, you think?
There will be a big announcement tomorrow morning at PAX. Basically IGN posted a Tweet (now deleted) in grave error that mentions “raids” and “play the core game for free”. ArenaNet responded as gracefully as they could. I am certain that the internal response was much more… colorful. More discussion on that here.
Mrs. Ravious and I still log in almost daily, but it’s mostly for puttering about and doing the daily achievements. I have been working slowly on the Season 2 achievements and bringing an alt up to “co-main” status. I am actually getting sick of stockpiling things, and I’m starting to get that gold itch. Last time I scratched it I bought the whole Mordrem weapon set. I’d rather itch it off in the jungle.
Anyway tomorrow morning (or evening geo-dependent) at 10:30 AM Pacific head to Twitch for some announcement fun.