What Does the ANet Team do on Release Day? — Guild Wars 2 Forums

What Does the ANet Team do on Release Day?

Curious what the anet folks do on a release day like today?

When my team gets their software delivered on schedule, I usually take them out for apps and drinks at the local bar, and we socialize and swap stories.

What do you fellas do?

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  • We play the release!! We call it a play day and ask everyone to relax and play the release while monitoring for bugs in their content and working through fixes.

    Lead Game Designer with a primary focus on Living World content/story

  • We also eat waffles :)

    Da-Hee Im
    Cinematics Animator

  • Beer in hand at least?

  • I'll speak for myself...I try and play the release along with everyone else, but more often than not, I find that I'm monitoring our external and internal communication channels looking for what issues players are having. A game like Guild Wars 2 is never really "done", so the day of launch is really when our job begins in a number of ways. :-) Having said that, it's also a day of celebration - our lovely producers get together and make everyone waffles, the studio brings in coffee carts to get us going in the morning, and we are all enjoying the feeling of watching players react as they're playing through the content.

  • We monitor/investigate any issues that come up, and when we have time, play the game or watch streams. We all look forward to experiencing the new content with everyone on launch day!

    We were watching people play through story instances to see their reactions as they hit key story beats. It's one of my most favorite things about release day. :)

    Kirk Williford
    Game Designer

  • As Linsey stated, we are encouraged to play the release and our producers are often kind enough to make us all waffles! However, I am currently watching several of the raid livestreams to see the feedback on my content as folks are experiencing it for the first time.

    Tracey West
    Environment Artist

  • How could I forget the WAFFLES and COFFEE CARTS!? I love release day!

    I party'd up with a few random players in the map and worked my way through the story with them. It was really joyful seeing their reactions. Now I am working on that sweet sweet armor set.

    Lead Game Designer with a primary focus on Living World content/story

  • Watching people play through the content and reading map chat as people encounter elements for the first time is an easy highlight for me. We've been heads down on this content for MONTHS. Seeing someone experience it for the first time is a real treat.

    And then, of course, stressing over whatever little bugs we missed and trying to figure out how to fix them =P

    Connor Fallon
    Game Designer

  • Fenom.9457Fenom.9457 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Ooh now I wish i had waffles...

    HARRY! DIDYA PUT YER NAME IN DA GOBLET OF FIYAH?!

  • Well, this release I'm in the recording studio getting the VO for the next one... XD

  • It's all about content.

    Ok, and coffee and waffles. :)

    Today's baked-in inserts included pecans, chocolate chips, and bacon. Toppings included strawberriesand , backberries, syrup, kitten cream.

    Some had all the above. :)

    Gaile Gray
    Communications Manager: ArenaNet
    Fansite & Guild Relations; In-Game Events; Community Showcase Live

  • @Eve Eschenbacher.4201 said:
    Well, this release I'm in the recording studio getting the VO for the next one... XD

    We saved you one! :D

    Gaile Gray
    Communications Manager: ArenaNet
    Fansite & Guild Relations; In-Game Events; Community Showcase Live

  • @Fenom.9457 said:
    Ooh now I wish i had waffles...

    I had pecans and bacon in mine. It's a tasty combo!

    Jason Byfield
    Cinematic Artist/Editor

  • DeanBB.4268DeanBB.4268 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Gaile Gray.6029 said:
    It's all about content.

    Ok, and coffee and waffles. :)

    Today's baked-in inserts included pecans, chocolate chips, and bacon. Toppings included strawberriesand , backberries, syrup, kitten cream.

    Some had all the above. :)

    Hmmm... kitten cream... :open_mouth:

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