Since I have woefully wasted a ton of the Medals of Honor item in Guild Wars on the wrong weapons, I have been logging in dutifully each day to gather that one bounty quest that will get me back to buying the last two Oppressor weapons I need to hit 40 points in the Hall of Monuments. I can see small patterns of change in Guild Wars already beginning to form as the sequel launches in mere days. The market is fluctuating madly as people seem unsure how to price things anymore. How much would you sell your antique china for if a world-destroying asteroid is headed our way?
I had a costume run looking through all my character’s fashions the other day. I’ve only bought four of the costumes from the first Wintersday set and the first Halloween set. I love them, and I wish I had bought more. As I logged in to Lion’s Arch a female warrior was idling with the Agent of Balthazar helmet. My main character (a necromancer) has been wearing Demonic Horns for some time, and I thought it might be time for an upgrade. Yet, I held back because at this point in time I would rather use that money to buy some gems for Guild Wars 2. I wish I could have that costume helmet in Guild Wars 2.
One thing to be revealed in all the recent Guild Wars 2 stress tests have been three “legacy” skins for armor that are sold in the gem store. They are recreations of the necromancer Profane Armor set, the ranger Krytan Armor set, and the warrior Primeval Armor set of Guild Wars for art skins that can be applied to light, medium, and heavy armors, respectively in Guild Wars 2. They do look spiffy, but I think the Krtyan Armor skull is a tad… overbearing, and conversely I miss the ridiculously small helmet slit of the old Primeval Armor set. Still, I bet they are going to be hot items in the gem store around launch.
Having the legacy skins in Guild Wars 2 means that ArenaNet is considering updating old Guild Wars art to bring it across Zhaitan’s flood waters. I wish that costumes could be included. With costumes it’s a bit tougher. It takes artist time to take, for example, the Krytan Armor set of Guild Wars, update the skin, update the technology, rejigger it to four new races, and make it worthwhile. This time is costed out in gem price. Fair enough. Yet, with costumes, it’s a stickier choice for ArenaNet. Either they make players re-buy costumes that have already been bought (and not cheaply, I might add), or they suck up artist time to give it to costume purchasers for free. Perhaps a buck or two worth of gems might be a fair compromise.
I am going to miss my Raiment of the Lich the most. I am not sure if I would completely rebuy it, but I would definitely appreciate the opportunity to pay to have it “transferred” to Guild Wars 2. The gem store is going to launch with a few style options including glasses, hat, and outfits (i.e., costumes), most of which are town clothes, meaning they cannot be used in combat. None of them appear to be as otherworldly as many of the Guild Wars costumes, but with Halloween on the horizon, it might not be long. Be sure to pick up the Celebration Hat for free, which might only be available on or around launch day.
What legacy costumes do you want to see cross over, and what do you think a fair price would be? Which ones will you miss the most?