This latest bit of Living World has got me thinking...we might be approaching the end of the Guild Wars 2 storyline, and there might not be a season after this one; or if there is, there won't be another expansion.
Why do I say this?
1.) Game age.
If we look at NCSOFT's other MMOs and their lifespans and compare it with GW2...GW2 is getting old. The first Guild Wars only lasted about two years before they announced GW2. WildStar lasted about 4. City of Heroes, probably their most popular MMO besides GW2, lasted about 8 years before being discontinued.
GW2 is six-and-a-half years old.
Yeah, there's other games that have been going on forever (WoW, for instance...hell, even EverQuest is still going), but compared with other NCSOFT MMOs, GW2 is approaching old age.
2.) Storyline completion.
Kralkatorrik has been built up as the Biggest of Big Bads since before the game launched. The background story coming in is Destiny's Edge and Glint facing off against Kralk and losing, with Glint dying and Destiny's Edge breaking up. Since then, he's gained the powers of the other dragons (and god) we've slain. Between Destiny's Edge, Aurene, and our past choices in the game, there's no other enemy in the game with as much build-up or connection as there is with Kralk.
So where do you go, story-wise, once he's beaten? Sure, Bubbles is out there somewhere, but we've never seen its minions and don't even know its real name. I suppose some other old enemy could come back from GW1, but it wouldn't be the same. Anything after Kralk would feel anticlimactic.
I think they're getting ready to "wrap up" Guild Wars 2 and move onto their next project, whatever that may be.