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Happy holidays from ArenaNet: Looking Ahead to the New Year!

As we sign off for our annual holiday break, we’re wishing you and yours a splendid season. In 2019, you brought down Kralkatorrik, defeated Qadim the Peerless, attended the biggest charr party ever as a guest of honor, and faced treachery in the Far Shiverpeaks. You’ve befriended skyscales, bonded with Raven, tackled four Strike Missions, and kicked back at festivals throughout the year.

Now it’s time to rest, relax, and look forward to what comes next! Before we head home to spend time with our families, we wanted to give members of the Guild Wars 2 team an opportunity to talk about these updates in their own words. Read more here!

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  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 20, 2019

    Visions of the Past sounds interesting (as long as retain our skills - don't want that big backlash again)

    Nice Drakkar teaser in the vid too

    Any news on new raids/fractals for that side of the community? They are important too

    Have a good hols!

    What sleep is here? What dreams there are in the unctuous coiling of the snakes mortal shuffling. weapon in my hand. My hand the arcing deathblow at the end of all things. The horror. The horror. I embrace it. . .

  • Inculpatus cedo.9234Inculpatus cedo.9234 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 20, 2019

    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes to the entire ArenaNet Team.
    Looking forward to the New Year and promising new content with you all. :star:

  • Blocki.4931Blocki.4931 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Neat little roadmap. Also helps that Q1 really isn't that far off :) Exciting stuff, hope it can meet expectations.
    Happy Holidays everyone!

    I rather choose death.

  • Adzekul.3104Adzekul.3104 Member ✭✭✭
    edited December 20, 2019

    Very happy to see this post. Communication about plans is a good thing. Let's all be responsible and treat this post constructively.

    I do not want to make trouble, or start a tangential debate, but I am curious about why WvW Alliances and sPvP Swiss are not coming at similar times. I was under the understanding that both had suffered from delays for rather similar "missing features / code" (if I can say it that way). Could it be that sPvP beta is also the beta test for Alliances, assuming that coding algorithms are similar? Happy to discuss this outside of this thread.

    In my opinion, I see no need for further changes to Warclaw (this is not an invitation to debate it in this thread). This is becoming a never-ending-project for you guys. I play scourge. I do not want to be ganked by every single other player in WvW. Lance was not a happy addition to the game and it seems like a load of resources and coding will be necessary to give scourge the non-zerg survivability they need to handle the changes you are discussing here. Happy to discuss this outside of this thread.

  • zealex.9410zealex.9410 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 20, 2019

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Given ep2 launches right at the end of Jan, I'd expect ep3 to hit somewhere after SAB in April anyway. Which about 2.5 months between releases

    If memory serves, they said Drakkar wont release with the episode, but shortly after. So that would prob be Feb if correct

    What sleep is here? What dreams there are in the unctuous coiling of the snakes mortal shuffling. weapon in my hand. My hand the arcing deathblow at the end of all things. The horror. The horror. I embrace it. . .

  • zealex.9410zealex.9410 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 20, 2019

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Given ep2 launches right at the end of Jan, I'd expect ep3 to hit somewhere after SAB in April anyway. Which about 2.5 months between releases

    If memory serves, they said Drakkar wont release with the episode, but shortly after. So that would prob be Feb if correct

    I guess all depends on the quality and quantity of the visions update, im personally a fan of smaller but more frequent updates since anet cant really nail big updades and their replayability but ep1 was too small story wise even for me.

    Id rather they try and stick to this 2 month schedule tho we'll have to w8 and see. Super bummed about the lack of fractal and raid news honestly, strikes are cool but where is the incentive for ppl to move further.

    All of all im happy we are seeing the first steps of a roadmap but this q looks relatively weak imo, still it must have taken alot of internal discussion within anet to actual give us deadlines for once.

  • Blocki.4931Blocki.4931 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Adzekul.3104 said:
    Very happy to see this post. Communication about plans is a good thing. Let's all be responsible and treat this post constructively.

    I do not want to make trouble, or start a tangential debate, but I am curious about why WvW Alliances and sPvP Swiss are not coming at similar times. I was under the understanding that both had suffered from delays for rather similar "missing features / code" (if I can say it that way). Could it be that sPvP beta is also the beta test for Alliances, assuming that coding algorithms are similar? Happy to discuss this outside of this thread.

    In my opinion, I see no need for further changes to Warclaw (this is not an invitation to debate it in this thread). This is becoming a never-ending-project for you guys. I play scourge. I do not want to be ganked by every single other player in WvW. Lance was not a happy addition to the game and it seems like a load of resources and coding will be necessary to give scourge the non-zerg survivability they need to handle the changes you are discussing here. Happy to discuss this outside of this thread.

    Alliances is a much bigger system than Swiss, but they've said that a lot of the code of Swiss can and will be used for the Alliances as well. So they're making sure it works.

    I rather choose death.

  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 20, 2019

    @zealex.9410 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Given ep2 launches right at the end of Jan, I'd expect ep3 to hit somewhere after SAB in April anyway. Which about 2.5 months between releases

    If memory serves, they said Drakkar wont release with the episode, but shortly after. So that would prob be Feb if correct

    I guess all depends on the quality and quantity of the visions update, im personally a fan of smaller but more frequent updates since anet cant really nail big updades and their replayability but ep1 was too small story wise even for me.

    Id rather they try and stick to this 2 month schedule tho we'll have to w8 and see. Super bummed about the lack of fractal and raid news honestly, strikes are cool but where is the incentive for ppl to move further.

    All of all im happy we are seeing the first steps of a roadmap but this q looks relatively weak imo, still it must have taken alot of internal discussion within anet to actual give us deadlines for once.

    Well any communication is better than none. And this is a lot better than anything else we got, but yes I feel sorry for the instanced players who have nothing to latch onto here. I will take what they serve here though - it is something

    Ep2 will likely be very short again. I suspect Drakkar is going to be a significant boss which means a lot of resources devoted to it. Which is good - we really need a proper epic scale World Boss. We haven't really had one for a long, long time now. Not since HoT really and Gerent/Dragonstand. But, another miniscule story entry is not something that I will be happy to see.

    What sleep is here? What dreams there are in the unctuous coiling of the snakes mortal shuffling. weapon in my hand. My hand the arcing deathblow at the end of all things. The horror. The horror. I embrace it. . .

  • Castiel.9048Castiel.9048 Member ✭✭
    edited December 20, 2019

    I find it humorous that Warclaw Balance is the only item under WvW, when there are so many more impactful issues to address.
    Seriously? There are no other issues seen for WvW at this time to address?
    The weaver skill bug better be fixed within this Warclaw Balance release if this is so pressing.

    Happy Holidays.

  • LucianDK.8615LucianDK.8615 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Given ep2 launches right at the end of Jan, I'd expect ep3 to hit somewhere after SAB in April anyway. Which about 2.5 months between releases

    If memory serves, they said Drakkar wont release with the episode, but shortly after. So that would prob be Feb if correct

    I guess all depends on the quality and quantity of the visions update, im personally a fan of smaller but more frequent updates since anet cant really nail big updades and their replayability but ep1 was too small story wise even for me.

    Id rather they try and stick to this 2 month schedule tho we'll have to w8 and see. Super bummed about the lack of fractal and raid news honestly, strikes are cool but where is the incentive for ppl to move further.

    All of all im happy we are seeing the first steps of a roadmap but this q looks relatively weak imo, still it must have taken alot of internal discussion within anet to actual give us deadlines for once.

    Well any communication is better than none. And this is a lot better than anything else we got, but yes I feel sorry for the instanced players who have nothing to latch onto here. I will take what they serve here though - it is something

    Ep2 will likely be very short again. I suspect Drakkar is going to be a significant boss which means a lot of resources devoted to it. Which is good - we really need a proper epic scale World Boss. We haven't really had one for a long, long time now. Not since HoT really and Gerent/Dragonstand. But, another miniscule story entry is not something that I will be happy to see.

    Episode 2 will be the other half of Bjora marches.
    And Visions of the past? Perhaps its ls1 bought back.

  • Blocki.4931Blocki.4931 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Given ep2 launches right at the end of Jan, I'd expect ep3 to hit somewhere after SAB in April anyway. Which about 2.5 months between releases

    If memory serves, they said Drakkar wont release with the episode, but shortly after. So that would prob be Feb if correct

    I guess all depends on the quality and quantity of the visions update, im personally a fan of smaller but more frequent updates since anet cant really nail big updades and their replayability but ep1 was too small story wise even for me.

    Id rather they try and stick to this 2 month schedule tho we'll have to w8 and see. Super bummed about the lack of fractal and raid news honestly, strikes are cool but where is the incentive for ppl to move further.

    All of all im happy we are seeing the first steps of a roadmap but this q looks relatively weak imo, still it must have taken alot of internal discussion within anet to actual give us deadlines for once.

    Well any communication is better than none. And this is a lot better than anything else we got, but yes I feel sorry for the instanced players who have nothing to latch onto here. I will take what they serve here though - it is something

    Ep2 will likely be very short again. I suspect Drakkar is going to be a significant boss which means a lot of resources devoted to it. Which is good - we really need a proper epic scale World Boss. We haven't really had one for a long, long time now. Not since HoT really and Gerent/Dragonstand. But, another miniscule story entry is not something that I will be happy to see.

    I hope so too, but I still think smaller & faster releases are better. Ideally the map would hold it together and offer enough value in the meantime imo

    I rather choose death.

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

    @LucianDK.8615 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Given ep2 launches right at the end of Jan, I'd expect ep3 to hit somewhere after SAB in April anyway. Which about 2.5 months between releases

    If memory serves, they said Drakkar wont release with the episode, but shortly after. So that would prob be Feb if correct

    I guess all depends on the quality and quantity of the visions update, im personally a fan of smaller but more frequent updates since anet cant really nail big updades and their replayability but ep1 was too small story wise even for me.

    Id rather they try and stick to this 2 month schedule tho we'll have to w8 and see. Super bummed about the lack of fractal and raid news honestly, strikes are cool but where is the incentive for ppl to move further.

    All of all im happy we are seeing the first steps of a roadmap but this q looks relatively weak imo, still it must have taken alot of internal discussion within anet to actual give us deadlines for once.

    Well any communication is better than none. And this is a lot better than anything else we got, but yes I feel sorry for the instanced players who have nothing to latch onto here. I will take what they serve here though - it is something

    Ep2 will likely be very short again. I suspect Drakkar is going to be a significant boss which means a lot of resources devoted to it. Which is good - we really need a proper epic scale World Boss. We haven't really had one for a long, long time now. Not since HoT really and Gerent/Dragonstand. But, another miniscule story entry is not something that I will be happy to see.

    Episode 2 will be the other half of Bjora marches.
    And Visions of the past? Perhaps its ls1 bought back.

    It’s not. You can read what the visions are on the homepage

    What sleep is here? What dreams there are in the unctuous coiling of the snakes mortal shuffling. weapon in my hand. My hand the arcing deathblow at the end of all things. The horror. The horror. I embrace it. . .

  • @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Given ep2 launches right at the end of Jan, I'd expect ep3 to hit somewhere after SAB in April anyway. Which about 2.5 months between releases

    If memory serves, they said Drakkar wont release with the episode, but shortly after. So that would prob be Feb if correct

    No it is coming with episode 2 they said it in the announcement from PAX.

  • Sojourner.4621Sojourner.4621 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @LucianDK.8615 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Given ep2 launches right at the end of Jan, I'd expect ep3 to hit somewhere after SAB in April anyway. Which about 2.5 months between releases

    If memory serves, they said Drakkar wont release with the episode, but shortly after. So that would prob be Feb if correct

    I guess all depends on the quality and quantity of the visions update, im personally a fan of smaller but more frequent updates since anet cant really nail big updades and their replayability but ep1 was too small story wise even for me.

    Id rather they try and stick to this 2 month schedule tho we'll have to w8 and see. Super bummed about the lack of fractal and raid news honestly, strikes are cool but where is the incentive for ppl to move further.

    All of all im happy we are seeing the first steps of a roadmap but this q looks relatively weak imo, still it must have taken alot of internal discussion within anet to actual give us deadlines for once.

    Well any communication is better than none. And this is a lot better than anything else we got, but yes I feel sorry for the instanced players who have nothing to latch onto here. I will take what they serve here though - it is something

    Ep2 will likely be very short again. I suspect Drakkar is going to be a significant boss which means a lot of resources devoted to it. Which is good - we really need a proper epic scale World Boss. We haven't really had one for a long, long time now. Not since HoT really and Gerent/Dragonstand. But, another miniscule story entry is not something that I will be happy to see.

    Episode 2 will be the other half of Bjora marches.
    And Visions of the past? Perhaps its ls1 bought back.

    It sounds more like the "Bonus Mission" packs from the original Guild Wars... Gwen's Story, Battle of Jahai, etc.

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

    @Sojourner.4621 said:

    @LucianDK.8615 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Given ep2 launches right at the end of Jan, I'd expect ep3 to hit somewhere after SAB in April anyway. Which about 2.5 months between releases

    If memory serves, they said Drakkar wont release with the episode, but shortly after. So that would prob be Feb if correct

    I guess all depends on the quality and quantity of the visions update, im personally a fan of smaller but more frequent updates since anet cant really nail big updades and their replayability but ep1 was too small story wise even for me.

    Id rather they try and stick to this 2 month schedule tho we'll have to w8 and see. Super bummed about the lack of fractal and raid news honestly, strikes are cool but where is the incentive for ppl to move further.

    All of all im happy we are seeing the first steps of a roadmap but this q looks relatively weak imo, still it must have taken alot of internal discussion within anet to actual give us deadlines for once.

    Well any communication is better than none. And this is a lot better than anything else we got, but yes I feel sorry for the instanced players who have nothing to latch onto here. I will take what they serve here though - it is something

    Ep2 will likely be very short again. I suspect Drakkar is going to be a significant boss which means a lot of resources devoted to it. Which is good - we really need a proper epic scale World Boss. We haven't really had one for a long, long time now. Not since HoT really and Gerent/Dragonstand. But, another miniscule story entry is not something that I will be happy to see.

    Episode 2 will be the other half of Bjora marches.
    And Visions of the past? Perhaps its ls1 bought back.

    It sounds more like the "Bonus Mission" packs from the original Guild Wars... Gwen's Story, Battle of Jahai, etc.

    Yes I agree, it does sound a lot like that. Which I hated a lot for not allowing me to use my own skillset (it was a common complaint) and so barely touched them.

    However, this reads like it will use more vehicle/siege style skills. Which I can live with. If it forces an non-intuitive skillset though, it's not something that I'll be bothering much with.

    What sleep is here? What dreams there are in the unctuous coiling of the snakes mortal shuffling. weapon in my hand. My hand the arcing deathblow at the end of all things. The horror. The horror. I embrace it. . .

  • yoni.7015yoni.7015 Member ✭✭✭

    Wow! This sounds awesome. Happy Holidays to all of you at arena net

  • hugo.4705hugo.4705 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 20, 2019

    Happy holidays and thank you for the roadmap. I'm interested by visions.
    And mostly attentive to festival updates: looking especially for lunar new year and sab. Impatient to see the themed weapons/armor.

    But I strongly disagree with the warclaw change. "Removing speed boost in owned territory" "force to dismount"?

    You already ruined it by adding the spear dismount skill. Don't add a mount if it is to make it useless and weak. You are removing all its functions. Thanks for giving to troll / harass mesmer and thiefs/rangers what they wanted. For me warclaw should simply help you reaching commander faster and destroying gates. Not beeing a weight of beeing annoyed and killed on the path to him. A mounted player should be advantaged regarding movements not impared.

    At this point remove the mount.. nobody wanted it anyway at the beginning.

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  • Pifil.5193Pifil.5193 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Good to see the roadmap for Q1 laid out so clearly and a release date for Episode 2 as well. I'm very interested in Visions of the Past it sounds intriguing. I'm hoping 2020 is the year you guys turn it around.

  • Zaklex.6308Zaklex.6308 Member ✭✭✭✭

    For those of you that don't bother to read the main GW2 page or those that want an idea of what's coming up in 2020, at least for Q1 see here: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/looking-ahead-to-the-new-year/

    Yes...no...maybe...what do you want, can't you see I'm busy saving the world...AGAIN!

  • Warlord.9074Warlord.9074 Member ✭✭✭

    yep no mention of wvw alliances 3 years after they were announced. warclaw balance more important something that would take a developer 24 hours to fix.

  • Hmmmm this I'm interested to find out

    "along with some unannounced surprises we can’t wait to unveil"

  • Infusion.7149Infusion.7149 Member ✭✭✭

    Happy Holidays to Arenanet

  • Ashantara.8731Ashantara.8731 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @DoRi Silvia.4159 said:
    Hmmmm this I'm interested to find out

    "along with some unannounced surprises we can’t wait to unveil"

    All I say is, "Remember the August annoucement!" ;) Let's pray this will be something of real excitement. I am hopeful! :)

  • Arden.7480Arden.7480 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 21, 2019

    Hopefully there is a fractal release too.

    Intriguing is a new story mode, I wonder how it turns out.

    Shadow in the Ice is coming on Jan. 28

    https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/looking-ahead-to-the-new-year/

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  • Fenella.2634Fenella.2634 Member ✭✭✭

    2019 has been a rough year for the studio and the game.
    I sincerely wish you all happy holidays and I hope next year will be better. :) The roadmap looks good so far, thanks for sharing. The Visions can be a good step-up from the short story format from Season 4. I do expect our skills to be replaced, though, similar to Caithe's memories in LS2. Since we won't be playing as the Commander, but as someone else, it makes sense to have different skills.

    I really hope Anet and GW2 can get back up to their feet next year. So, happy holidays, get some rest and have a great time. :)

  • I'm happy about the small roadmap they have provided and what's coming. The only thing i'm dissapointed about is that like usual, they say the new saga chapter is coming in January. Yeah... january 28th. Pretty much pushed back as far as possible so it might as well be coming out in February.

  • Tsakhi.8124Tsakhi.8124 Member ✭✭✭

    Happy Holidays, everyone. <3

    There is a reason the old paths are behind us; the only way we can see what's in front of us is to look forward and remember why the old paths were left behind.

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  • And, it's in the Sticky above, as well.

  • zealex.9410zealex.9410 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 21, 2019

    I wonder is visions is taking the place of ep3 in q1, kind of a let down but ehh visions could be cool. As much as i apreciate the deadlines anet is setting (which is pretty big for the studio) it gives a crystal clear showcase of the issue with the game rn: the content in this roadmap is pittyful and in some cases laughable.

    You telling me that in the span of 3 months outside of the big balance patch all wvw has to look forward to is a new mount skill? You telling me that we will go at least 3 more months without a raid and a fractal? I can deff see this roadmap as the closure some ppl didnt want to see. Its kind of a lose lose situation for anet on this one. They simply need to step up their game in all the non lw areas.

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Zaklex.6308 said:
    For those of you that don't bother to read the main GW2 page or those that want an idea of what's coming up in 2020, at least for Q1 see here: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/looking-ahead-to-the-new-year/

    It is also stickied to the top of the General Discussion forum: https://en-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/94511/happy-holidays-from-arenanet-looking-ahead-to-the-new-year

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

    What sleep is here? What dreams there are in the unctuous coiling of the snakes mortal shuffling. weapon in my hand. My hand the arcing deathblow at the end of all things. The horror. The horror. I embrace it. . .

  • Fenella.2634Fenella.2634 Member ✭✭✭

    Btw, it has not been mentioned in the post, but I do hope that improving the build "templates" also has a very high priority right at the start of the year.

  • @Klypto.1703 said:
    Alliances definitely not happening it seems

    How do people keep saying this? Is it late? Yes, definitely. Very late? Yes. But there's no reason to believe they stopped working on it entirely. It was mentioned before that part of the backend has similar problems to the new sPvP tournament system, and that is clearly nearing completion now.

  • HnRkLnXqZ.1870HnRkLnXqZ.1870 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I was recapturing the past year this morning. All the things that happened to the game, all the troubles we faced. After that I was hoping for 2020 to be better for the game and ANet. Start the year with some refreshing ideas and do everything better than last year. Learn from the mistakes and improve. Then I saw this announcement.

    Visions of the Past: Judging from the description, it looks like Seeds of Truth (LS 2 E7). In that story chapter you were allowed to re-play Caith's story from certain/important points. Playing as her. It was a pretty cool experience, although I still remember the noisy complaints of the warrior-mains cursing about not being able to use their own skill-set while playing a Thief. Some of the challenges were really tough, with the given skill-set more than just challenging. But it was a really cool experience. So I am looking forward to this new/old content.

    Shadow in the Ice: That is by far the shortest trailer I have seen in a while, mindblowing 10 seconds! If you are picky, it is actually only 5 seconds of content and 5 seconds watching on the logo. Advertising the thing with "something big is comming" is rather hilarious. But I have to admit, I like that kind of humor ^^. Whisper in the Dark was released on 19th of November 2019, Shadow in the Ice will be released at the 28th of January 2020 ... that are barely two months. Amazing!

    Lunar Year: If they add something new to the festival, something more engaging, fine for me. It is worth a try at least. More rewards are always welcome.

    WvW: Warclaw balance. Let us talk about the status of Eotm or the World Restructuring? Nah, that is not important enough. Let us talk about the cat :3.

    Note: Having a road-map for the World Restructuring would be really nice. I know this may result into a huge disappointment. But honestly, how bad could it be?

    sPvP: Swiss Tournaments, k. Balance Updates. We will see about that.


    This is the beginning of 2020. We have a small road-map, a couple of things we can look forward to and a long list of things we are still waiting for without an concrete time-schedule at all. We need continuity and reliability from ANet. Keep up the communication and improve it, we are your player-base. Give us a road-map like this at the beginning of every quarter. Keep announcing big updates early and allow us to discuss them, adjust some details before the final release to avoid massive negative publicity.

    You have created a couple of nice filler-events in 2019, use them in 2020. Run some public events with very little risk of messing up, no big partners and please NO region-restricted events. There are still people around who are willing to organize community-events, support them. Be present on the big fairs. Show us and your competitors that you are there. It is a 7 year old game, you do not have to create the same hype as a brand-new game.

    In the end I would like to wish the community and ANet happy holidays and a good start into the new year. It has been 7 interesting, funny and challenging years for the community and the staff. There have been moments of joy and sadness for everyone. But the game is still alive, the community is still active and the game is still considered one of the best of its kind. We had a rough and exhausting year. Now it is time to relax, enjoy the holidays together and celebrate the end of the year.

  • I just briefly read through, and from what I gathered, we'll have to play as a charr?

    Now, I don't mind playing one mission as a charr with a mesmer illusion, but playing a whole episode or chapter as a charr?
    Why?
    Don't like it... one bit.
    If I wanted to play as a charr, I would have a charr character.

    Well, as I say, don't knock it until you try it, right?
    I suppose we have no choice, if we want to proceed in story mode.

  • Elden Arnaas.4870Elden Arnaas.4870 Member ✭✭
    edited December 21, 2019

    I think some of us are missing the point. In the subject of this thread the OP specifically thanks Anet for this communication, which many players have been asking for. I think that the purpose of this thread is to be a highly visible thank you to Anet for communicating with us. And that it would dilute the purpose of this thread to be lost among all the other comments in a giant, merged, mega-thread. I will post in this thread, as I want to be very visible in thanking Anet for communicating with us.

    edit: clarity>

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

    @SoulGuardian.6203 said:
    I just briefly read through, and from what I gathered, we'll have to play as a charr?

    Now, I don't mind playing one mission as a charr with a mesmer illusion, but playing a whole episode or chapter as a charr?
    Why?
    Don't like it... one bit.
    If I wanted to play as a charr, I would have a charr character.

    Well, as I say, don't knock it until you try it, right?
    I suppose we have no choice, if we want to proceed in story mode.

    It’ll be a set piece almost certainly separate from the main story. If it uses the scrying in the sane way GW1 does it at Eye of the North, it’ll be like a bonus mission

    What sleep is here? What dreams there are in the unctuous coiling of the snakes mortal shuffling. weapon in my hand. My hand the arcing deathblow at the end of all things. The horror. The horror. I embrace it. . .

  • Loesh.4697Loesh.4697 Member ✭✭✭

    We aren't playing just a Charr, we're playing Ryland, the entire point of Visions is that we're going to scry. Probably with the help of the Eye of the North, to get information we otherwise would not. I'm hardly a fan of the Charr(Though I do like their writing.) as a people, but getting a bit more insight into what they think and feel will be a boon to the story imo.

  • Jimbru.6014Jimbru.6014 Member ✭✭✭

    looks at the teaser video

    We're gonna need a bigger boat. :o

  • otto.5684otto.5684 Member ✭✭✭✭

    1 episode and a balance patch. We already knew that. So limited and disappointing.

  • Tanner Blackfeather.6509Tanner Blackfeather.6509 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 21, 2019

    @HnRkLnXqZ.1870 said:
    Shadow in the Ice: That is by far the shortest trailer I have seen in a while, mindblowing 10 seconds!

    Well, it's a teaser trailer, not a full episode trailer. Dropped a full month in advance, at that!
    They did something like that for S3E6 - remember the clip teasing Sharur? Basically just a few seconds of someone walking showing footfalls.

  • @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Actually, the News Blog states that the Lunar Festival releases in January before Episode 2 on January 28th. I would expect Episode 3 in March.

  • zealex.9410zealex.9410 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Inculpatus cedo.9234 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Nice bit of info to see but is the 1 ep per quarter indicative of all future quarters? doesnt q1 consist of Jan Feb and March? Ep1 in jan, lunar festival likely in feb and what does that leave us for march?

    Actually, the News Blog states that the Lunar Festival releases in January before Episode 2 on January 28th. I would expect Episode 3 in March.

    Wouldnt that make it in the roadmap then?

  • Inculpatus cedo.9234Inculpatus cedo.9234 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 22, 2019

    One would think so, but...who knows? Perhaps, it's the new Living World content, Visions of the Past, that will release in March.