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Guild Wars 2 Steam Release News

On today's anniversary livestream, we announced that Guild Wars 2 is coming to Steam in November. We look forward to welcoming even more players to Tyria to join our community!
If you log in through Steam, you'll still play alongside your fellow Tyrians on the same maps and servers (select NA or EU). Whether you choose to log in through Steam or the Guild Wars 2 launcher, everyone plays together! However, please note that you cannot convert an existing Guild Wars 2 account to a Steam account or convert a Steam account to a non-Steam account.
Stay up to date on the latest news by visiting our official Steam page and wishlisting Guild Wars 2.

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  • Naxos.2503Naxos.2503 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Wow O.o

    That took me by surprise, I hope the venture will go smoothly :+1:

  • Are there any plans to at least do some sort of reward tiering for people with existing accounts that move to Steam? Something like Hall of Monuments maybe?

  • recommended settings looks strange

    same CPU as minimal
    same GPU as minimal
    24GB ram ?!?

    message : the more ram you have, better the game is ^^'

  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Great move.

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  • Astyrah.4015Astyrah.4015 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 25, 2020

    @maddoctor.2738 said:
    Hopefully the posts about Guild Wars 2 coming on Steam will stop now.
    Excellent idea to bring the game to Steam, hopefully we'll get many new players.

    yes. all those people who kept predicting the doom of GW2 if it came to steam should stop now. i really appreciate Anet's move to bring GW2 to steam. i mean GW1 is on steam so why not GW2?

    and of course, like SWTOR, i hope we get more players and hopefully in the long run it's a boon to Anet and the whole community

  • Good news for the game. Let's hope the steam community will enjoy this game.

  • Cynder.2509Cynder.2509 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Butterfly Kingdom.8349 said:

    ...However, please note that you cannot convert an existing Guild Wars 2 account to a Steam account or convert a Steam account to a non-Steam account.
    Stay up to date on the latest news by visiting our official Steam page and wishlisting Guild Wars 2.

    So that means it's handled like with ESO, right? Does that mean if you want to add/play the game on Steam you need to buy it again and vice versa? If I remember correctly you had to buy ESO from the official page again if you want to play on the non Steam client.
    Some information on the matter would be appreciated.

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  • Astyrah.4015Astyrah.4015 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 25, 2020

    @Blocki.4931 said:

    @Astyrah.4015 said:

    @maddoctor.2738 said:
    Hopefully the posts about Guild Wars 2 coming on Steam will stop now.
    Excellent idea to bring the game to Steam, hopefully we'll get many new players.

    yes. all those people who kept predicting the doom of GW2 if it came to steam should stop now. i really appreciate Anet's move to bring GW2 to steam. i mean GW1 is on steam so why not GW2?

    and of course, like SWTOR, i hope we get more players and hopefully in the long run it's a boon to Anet and the whole community

    Watch people use "low player numbers!!" on steamcharts as a metric for the death of the game, not understanding that would only include steam only accounts :P

    tbh i get why they separated Steam and Non-Steam accounts.. they might've encountered issues making steam integration (wallet purchases for the most part) work if you convert the current accounts.

    but i wish they'd reconsider and allow us to link (not convert) our original accounts to steam

    and yeah steamcharts/steamdb will never know who's playing outside of steam :P

  • As long I could use my steam wallet (and pay regional price instead of having to pay around 7 times the fair price due to the dollar conversion rate) I'd be glad for that.

  • Jethro.9376Jethro.9376 Member ✭✭✭

    Nice, unexpected steam release before expected alliances ;)

    Let's see where this goes

  • notebene.3190notebene.3190 Member ✭✭✭✭

    It's very cool. New faces. Hopefully if it does well, they will work on the tech required to let us login either through Steam or the traditional client down the road.

    If for no other reason than for my friends to see why I'm ignoring them all day. :#

    In the event I don't get a chance, thank you all for the company and help when I needed it from time to time.

  • Cronos.6532Cronos.6532 Member ✭✭✭

    @Jethro.9376 said:
    Nice, unexpected steam release before expected alliances ;)

    Let's see where this goes

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  • Astyrah.4015Astyrah.4015 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Astrolicus.3716 said:
    Good news, but find a way to allow us to transfer our character to Steam. So we basically have to start from 0 once we play the Steam version? Some of us have 3, 5, or 8 years old accounts here.

    yeah this, i hope they find a way or compromise to allow us to link/un-link our existing ArenaNet account and our Steam account... other games allow it (like PoE), so i hope ArenaNet finds a way to make it work.

  • I hope they allow you to send gems from one player to another, in my country it can only be recharged with a credit card and the Steam wallet would be an easy method to get gems.

  • Astrolicus.3716Astrolicus.3716 Member ✭✭✭

    @Astyrah.4015 said:

    @Astrolicus.3716 said:
    Good news, but find a way to allow us to transfer our character to Steam. So we basically have to start from 0 once we play the Steam version? Some of us have 3, 5, or 8 years old accounts here.

    yeah this, i hope they find a way or compromise to allow us to link/un-link our existing ArenaNet account and our Steam account... other games allow it (like PoE), so i hope ArenaNet finds a way to make it work.

    Even Destiny 2 allows it via cross-save, Bungie allowed us link our console account to Steam and transfer our characters

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I'm surprised, I really didn't think it would happen. I hope it works out well and the different versions don't cause too much confusion.

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  • Flash.7465Flash.7465 Member ✭✭

    Wow, amazing news! Just awesome! Please, oh please make it so we can link our current accounts with our Steam accounts! :(

  • Deihnyx.6318Deihnyx.6318 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 25, 2020

    What if I buy the game on steam, but then log in with my current account?
    That's what I did for GW1 and it works.

  • Luthan.5236Luthan.5236 Member ✭✭✭✭

    A good idea - since on Steam you can gather a lot more new players. Especially since the game is free if you play without the expansions.
    I just hope there won't be exclusive stuff being sold on Stream which people not active there could miss. :P

    Hopefully we'll slow a bit down with releases until the next expansion. So steam new players can settle and catch up a bit.

    (I guess the next expansion might happen late next year and until then finishing of the releases of the Icebrood Saga with 4 more chapters or so. Sounds like a good time plan. Upcoming next months will have mainly festivals with Halloween and Wintersday - good for new players to enjoy some festival stuff with everyone.)

  • Schumi.4285Schumi.4285 Member
    edited August 25, 2020

    How will game updates be handled on Steam?
    Will they just download the launcher and then update from the same servers as every non-Steam player or will they receive game updates via Steam?
    Just asking because lots of people put a negative review on Steam for the newest Flight Sim because of the fact that a launcher downloading stuff counts as play time on steam making people lose their 2 hour refund window. Don't give them ammo for some negative reviews :)
    If it's f2p at start it won't be a problem though....

  • I seriously hope they do something to address the fact you cannot link or transfer your existing GW2 account to steam. I've worked hard on my Legendaries (Eternity) SAB infusions, mounts and guild. It's not reasonable to expect me to start again just to play on my prefered platform.

    You're supposed to respect your loyal players. This just makes me feel like an afterthought in AN's eyes.

  • Widmo.3186Widmo.3186 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Cool move, but still...

    @Butterfly Kingdom.8349 said:
    However, please note that you cannot convert an existing Guild Wars 2 account to a Steam account or convert a Steam account to a non-Steam account.

    Is there a limit of foolishness from ANet side? Cant you act like a normal company, like kakao games which moved to steam with BDO and allowed ppl to log-in through steam? No? I ask for too much?

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  • Edgewalker.5963Edgewalker.5963 Member
    edited August 25, 2020

    That's amazing news for the game and I hope both ANet and the players will make good use of it, further expanding the player base.

    If I may suggest something, though, regarding the Steam page...

    1) Explain how the game has been developing (two expansions made, Living Worlds releases, third expansion in the works) so that nobody can say it's a "ded gaem", as it constantly grows. The "dead game" comments are guaranteed and are already flowing in.
    2) At the same time, make it clear we've got a horizontal progression system here, which is unique for MMOs. It should alleviate the fears of those saying "meh, this is an 8-year-old MMORPG, no chance I'm gonna spend tens of hours catching up on empty maps before I get to max level and can actually do something". Such mindset is typical (and justified, to be honest) in the genre, but it doesn't fit GW2. Make it your strength.
    3) We've got gliders, which might attract more than Aion players, and we've got absolutely best-in-class mounts. Why isn't either mentioned anywhere? Why is the gliding player visible on a single screenshot (and in a perspective that doesn't convey the "we have gliding" message)? Why aren't there mounts ANYWHERE in the screenshots?
    4) Speaking of screenshots - you mention awe-inspiring landscapes, which is 100% true... and the only screenshot that shows us a larger area is that one orange-tinted pic from the HoT era? Come on! You've got magnificent Divinity's Reach and other much, much better-looking material to show.
    5) Finally, meta events are the majority of typical PvE gameplay and, again, it is not mentioned or showcased visually. You've got Drizzlewood metas, impressive bosses such as Claw of Jormag, and the only group event shown is the Xera encounter? It clearly looks like a raid, so it's a good choice, but that's not representative enough.

    I had fun once. It was awful.

  • krz.1327krz.1327 Member ✭✭✭

    why november?

  • Cronos.6532Cronos.6532 Member ✭✭✭
    edited August 25, 2020

    Also, Steam rewards players for buying on their platform, so it would be nice to have money spent on Guild Wars 2 to go towards that.

    Hope you guys add trading cards, etc., when the game becomes eligible!

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  • Prepare to not be able to properly play the game in the next months. The servers can't handle these simple festivals imagine with the incoming players...

  • and please add the Russian language to the game, which the Russian community has been waiting for for eight years. (we hope You hear us someday)

  • Is it exclusive on Steam? or is there a chance for GW2 to come to Epic Games too or GoG?

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  • Omg i was so excited about a Steam release and then 5 seconds later i realized this trash. Seriously. Look at SWTOR that just did the same transition. All to the BENEFIT of both developers and the players..

    This effectively makes me want to play LESS since i want to play through Steam and i eventually have to start over..

    I get it. It's complicated. But just let us do a one-time move if that makes it any easier for you.

  • To ArenaNet,

    While this news is generally great, as I'm also one of those many that use Steam for most of my games, when I realised, if I understand it correctly, that you will not be able to use your current Account that I have had since the game's premiere on Steam, it became pretty much pointless to introduce it for me and the alikes. I mean, it is really smart to have new players attracted via the most popular gaming platform, Steam, let's be honest here - the majority would still be the existing or returning players, not the new players. Therefore, not allowing to use an existing account on Steam with tens of thounsands of hours spent and achievements unlocked, is extremely bad an idea. I'm rather confident the majority of playerbase would really like the idea of transfering the account and progress from many years to Steam and at the same time they're unlikely to create new accounts just for the sake of having a game on Steam with a new account. MMORPGs are games that like the idea of continually developing an existing account and having it progress further and further, and that's why not allowing us to have our accounts used on Steam would seem pretty illogical.

    I can only hope that You guys, as great as you are, will re-evaluate your position and introduce the Steam version for the existing ArenaNet client users so we can continue the progress of our accounts on Steam.

    Best regards,

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  • I wonder how this will work with the future expansion. Does that mean that a steam version will not be upgradable to a existing non steam version by that time?

  • Pifil.5193Pifil.5193 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @particlepinata.9865 said:
    I wonder how this will work with the future expansion. Does that mean that a steam version will not be upgradable to a existing non steam version by that time?

    I would think that it would continue to work the same way: the stream version would require the stream version of the expansion the non stream version will require the non steam version.

  • Donari.5237Donari.5237 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I avoid Steam for the most part, though I have to use it to try out New World shortly, and I think Baldur's Gate 3 will be on it only as well. So I can't give direct warnings. But note that people who have ESO on Steam have had numerous problems over the past years per the forums, to the point that playing ESO via Steam has been a source of regret for many. Glitched patching, blocked logins, etc. Any time someone there asks for advice on using Steam for ESO, they get a lot of "don't do it" replies.

    I hope this newer partnership goes more smoothly. Getting new players in that wouldn't have tried the game without Steam will be wonderful -- so long as they don't get such a terrible connection experience that they decide the fault lies in ANet rather than Steam and turn it into negative press.

  • krz.1327krz.1327 Member ✭✭✭

    @shadowfoxza.2537 said:
    Glad to see the game come to Steam, and look forward to seeing new players in the game.

    For those of you who somehow feel that you're being ignored by Anet because you can't link your account - would you stop being entitled for a moment and consider that there might be technical issues that stop it from being a straightforward implementation? It's not like you absolutely HAVE to play via Steam and suddenly lose all your progress over the past number of years - because going by some of the comments (here and on Facebook), some people are acting like they're being told to start over.

    I've got a few online games who joined Steam well after launch, so I've seen this situation happen before. Technical limitations is first on my list of probable reasons that it's not being implemented - and you never know, they might figure out a way to implement it sometime in the future.

    for some people the fact that they can inflate their hours played number on steam is more important than actually playing the game

  • @sixburn.5807 said:
    Is it exclusive on Steam? or is there a chance for GW2 to come to Epic Games too or GoG?

    GoG is DRM free and their 2.0 client has GW2 integration so I don't see the point there. Epic's store is still quite basic and lacks the social aspects of Steam.

    I really want to be able to use my current account with Steam. I would even be willing to make a purchase to do it.

  • XenoSpyro.1780XenoSpyro.1780 Member ✭✭✭
    edited August 25, 2020

    @Seymourx.1372 said:
    recommended settings looks strange
    24GB ram ?!?

    Yeah this is a lie. You can use a machine with as low as 8 GB and you'd still be fine, minus the loss of dual channel. Hell, even 4 would be feasible as long as you have an SSD to make up for drive swap. This is even WITH the dx12 wrapper by the way, which can increase ram usage.

    @Butterfly Kingdom.8349 said:
    please note that you cannot convert an existing Guild Wars 2 account to a Steam account or convert a Steam account to a non-Steam account.

    I'm sorry, "convert"? Whatever happen to just logging in using an email? Path of Exile has this figured out.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Pifil.5193 said:

    @gurkoz.3284 said:
    Omg i was so excited about a Steam release and then 5 seconds later i realized this trash. Seriously. Look at SWTOR that just did the same transition. All to the BENEFIT of both developers and the players..

    This effectively makes me want to play LESS since i want to play through Steam and i eventually have to start over..

    Why would you want to play through steam? What's the difference?

    I mean you're going to be launching the same game (probably with the same launcher) as you are now but by clicking on an icon on steam.

    I don't get it either. I know Steam has it's own friends list so I guess it makes it a bit easier to add people you know in real life or from other games, but I don't see why it would be so important to some people to go through a 3rd party to launch the same game they've already got.

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  • "you cannot convert an existing Guild Wars 2 account to a Steam account or convert a Steam account to a non-Steam account."
    But why? whats the point? I was thinking about going back into GW2 world, and maybe get some of my friends to play, but there is no reason for me to do that? I cant get steam achivements, cards, and play time.

  • keenedge.9675keenedge.9675 Member ✭✭✭

    Why are people so insistent on getting a Steam login for Gw2. One click is too easy ?

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