Things feel rather slow at the moment for Guild Wars 2 info with a few crumbs. ArenaNet did a triple-A job building excitement and fervor during the convention season. That, my friends, amounted to months of prep and long hours by ArenaNet staff during the two main conventions, gamescom and PAX. Then, Guild Wars 2 was also shown at the New York Comic Con and most recently at Paris Games Week. Yet, for the community it feels like nothing has been revealed since the Hall of Monuments, and the mob is getting a little restless.
First, let’s remember that ArenaNet is a big company with many different moving parts. At the most basic level there are people that make the game and people that market the game. Just because marketing seems a little slow at the moment does not mean there is any impact on the people that make the game. It does get confusing when game designers become the face of the company, but let’s keep that bit of perspective in mind.
Okay, now let’s pretend you are marketing. You just accomplished a huge, rockin’ project. It was amazing. It rocketed Guild Wars 2 up to the most anticipated game by far at mmorpg.com. If I was marketing I would say this was a triumph. How many of you have accomplished huge projects… months-long projects… projects where you lost sleep… projects where if you failed seppeku was a realistic response. What did you do once that project was finished? Take a f’in break is what you did.
Even with that perspective, I am among the disappointed. It’s hard not to absolutely gorge on Guild Wars 2, and then find out the next course is not yet prepared when I wanted it. It’s hard to accept Guild Wars news as a substitute for Guild Wars 2 news. More and more they are feeling like two different games. So even though the Hall of Monuments news and recent Halloween celebration was amazing, I did not get as much Guild Wars 2 energy from that buzz.
Still, there is a lot to look forward to. I would imagine that marketing is working on the next book in the trilogy of Guild Wars 2 books, Edge of Destiny. Jeff Grubb, co-author of the first book, said the book was coming in December or January during the cons, and the publisher’s site has it coming out about December 28, 2010. Considering that the first book, Ghosts of Ascalon, sits at 4.5 stars out of 54 reviews on Amazon, there is a lot to look forward to with the second book.
It is also possible that we will get beta news by the end of the year, if nothing has changed from earlier NCSoft investor conference calls. There are more professions to be released. Information about Guild Wars 2 PvP, which ArenaNet devs gleefully love to tweet about, is likely going to be a big thing on the horizon. Still, keep a bit of perspective. The U.S. holiday season is nearly upon us, and people like to be with families and take vacations to places with warm, sunny beaches, and the monstrosity that is World of Warcraft Cataclysm will likely eclipse much of the MMO ‘sphere for its time. It’s better to be surprised than disappointed.
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