Pretty much as it states. I feel like there's been some kind of optimization or graphical update. But along with any subtle improvance on my fps, loadtimes went from some 20seconds to 1 minute or longer aswell as maps loading incredibly slow/not loading at all. (granted i do have an old-ish hdd, but none of these problems were apparent until few days back.)
I attempted few options from repairing the client, defragmenting my harddrive, hell even reinstalled gw2 clean, so as to make sure there weren't any corruptions.. Which actually seemed to fix the problem.. It was nice to see that Lion's Arch had been (seemingly) better optimized to drawcall all of the city assets before entering the game. As my last reference of LA was long loadtime and assets taking few seconds to fully load in.
That said, this issue seems abit jumbly. I couldn't find anyone else having similiar problems in recent days or weeks. My guess would be that if there is something broken it would've come with the Winter's Day update? But, again I can't really say.
So I'm now mostly just wondering if anyone else is having similiar issues currently. (Could it be increase of traffic due to WD?) Also raporting in case there might've been some kind of technical hiccup causing these issues. Whatever it is, I'd hope to get clarity, suggestions or a fix to this problem.
I am still looking for the right time to put a little more investment in to my rig, but I'd rather do it later and mainly because of a overall need, rather than to fix a game that's been working fine up until now. : )
Leaving pic of the issue in Gendarran Fields. The game eventually loaded in as I started typing this post, but that took roughly 5 mins or so, not even mentioning that the loading screen took about 2-3mins.