Living World Season 5 is coming in 2019, the year when we should be expecting the next expansion. What does it mean to GW2?
Season 4 will have, as many speculate, 6 episodes, so knowing that they have 2-3,5 months release cadence, Season 4 will end somewhere in April- before or after SAB.
So we know Episodes for Season 5 are in process, so we can still expect 2-3 months cadence after the Finale of Season 4.
So the next Season will start in July- before or after the Festival of 4 Winds.
So expansion will not be released this year, it won't be released 2 years after PoF as we could have expected.
I think Deroir made a good point- the expansions in GW2 do not work.
Seasons are way better, give them more money, and it is something what makes this game special.
If they plan the next expansion it will mean its the last big thing we will ever see from GW2.
Seeing how the XXI children and people in general go play PS4 and mobile games all the time, and play shooters that looks to me like some games for brainless- Fortnite or seeing that Minecraft is still popular, and its just piece of junk, I am not surprised Blizzard wants to move on, because even WoW has some turbulent times, and this game is just massive, how will Arenanet survive this MMO crisis?
First of all they need to do what they do best- release the Episodes. Second thing- they need to respect the money. Third thing- the expansion cannot be released ever again- its to big investment in those turbulent times.
Season 4, then 5 and then 6 etc.
They need to be working on the next gen of MMO and its time to stop making some WoW copies, as GW 1 and 2 have been.
Guild Wars 3- that is the future, because Arenanet as any other company has the potential to lead the world to the new generation of MMO with its huge experience.
WoW will stay like that forever, it will be strong and will stay the best MMO in the next many of years.
I think that is a sad perspective, but the world goes on, PS4 devs have much more options that are brand new- just play Horizon Zero Dawn- it's so beatiful and on the highest level of design- that is the future.
So if I could pick a company that can lead the MMO genre to something new with an already established lore, that company is called Arenanet.