Lots of Guild Wars 2 news has been dropping as the energy for the game ramps up to the first public hands-on demo of Guild Wars 2 at gamescom next week. Thanks as always to the community at Guild Wars 2 Guru for keeping super up to date on any Guild Wars 2 rustling in the internet.
First up is a small note. The guys at Penny Arcade and Scott Kurtz of PvP Online were invited by ArenaNet to play Guild Wars 2. Later on the UStream channel for PvPTV, Scott talked briefly about his play experience. One interesting point he made was how there was usually a watermelon collecting event at a farm, but when he got to the farm it was instead overrun by rabbits. There were no instructions as to what to do with the rabbits, but with a moment’s search he found a cage to put the rabbits in. It should be noted that he completely ignored the ongoing “large” event where some big monster was attacking and NPCs were running to defend. In other words, he played how he wanted to with all the ongoing events.
As I said above, gamescom is the big event on the horizon, and ArenaNet wants to keep everybody around the world up on the vast amount of Guild Wars 2 information that will flow out of the convention. For starters, ArenaNet will have 45 demo stations at the convention in Germany for the lucky fans able to attend. They are also going to have quite a few panel discussions with the developers about Guild Wars 2, the game design process, and the amazing Guild Wars concept art. For those of us stuck at our desks in not-Cologne-Germany, ArenaNet will be updating on Twitter and Facebook as usual, but they will also have a constant live video stream of everything happening at the NCSoft booth! Check out the schedule of events.
Speaking of Guild Wars concept art, ArenaNet has released a YouTube video of the slide show from Daniel Dociu’s China GDC 2010 presentation with new Guild Wars 2 music from Jeremy Soule accompanying the video. There is some amazing new concept art, and the music is a great teaser for what will undoubtedly come. I really like the music starting at 7:35 of the video, but they are all very good. Within the video is this concept piece of what looks to be a dragon with Dragonbrand-type energy. Martin Kerstein, Guild Wars 2 community manager, said the concept piece was not Kralkatorrik (an Elder Dragon), and he has a feeling that we might learn what it is this week.
So what about this week before the convention? Well over the weekend the busy community managers started dropping hints on a new reveal, with more to come today. Most think that we will get a new profession reveal (4 of 8) this week since ArenaNet said we would learn about one more before gamescom and PAX. We are also supposed to learn about the specifics of the hands-on demo some time before gamescom; so this week or possibly early next week. Going to be some exciting times.