This early morning (or lunchtime in Germany), ArenaNet finally opened the gates to their much anticipated sequel to the original Guild Wars. The Guild Wars 2 website has gone live with the trailer available for download or streaming.
The trailer is done in a 2.5D paper-doll fashion (which is why the ship in the first few seconds looks off), and it tells the story of a dragon named Zhaitan raising the sunken nation of Orr. It’s undead armies then waged war on the five main races of Tyria, which just happen to be the playable races. The trailer then goes on to show some of the vistas in-game. It is beautiful, and will likely even give Aion Online a run for the money in best-looking MMO once Guild Wars 2 launches.
I find it interesting that the trailer and website focus on Zhaitan, whose name was not known before today. Eye of the North focused on the elder dragon Primordus, but the first conflict we are told about is with Zhaitan. I wonder if Guild Wars 2 will be episodic in that each battle with another elder dragon will bring on a new expansion of content. Too early to tell.
A few more quickies from the flood of information. Aside from Asuran “magitech,” the weapon technology of the world seems to be at a rudimentary firearms stage. There will be day and night cycles in the persistent zones. There will be instancing, but the hub system of Guild Wars 1 is mostly going to be replaced, which is very interesting. Hopefully they still keep the same level of map travel as in the original. The event system is the main focus of getting people working together.
The opening bomb has dropped in great style, and we will be getting lore updates for the rest of the year. Gameplay discussion will begin next year according to the Guild Wars 2 FAQ.
twice as bright burns half as long