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Update From the Guild Wars 2 Team

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  • Sigmoid.7082Sigmoid.7082 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Are we going to hear at any point about these unannounced projects, whether they have been cancelled and such?

    Its reassuring to hear that you guys got our back on gw2 but a number of us is scared for the future of the studio and gw2 becomes less and less relevant over time.

    No pressure ofc and i want to thank you for the update nonetheless.

    People got let go be side they cancelled the unannounced projects to downsize and focus on GW2?

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

    Would be cool to know what those projects were, but this is perfectly fine. Thanks for the update and good luck!

    Smugly chuckling forever.
    My sentence doesn't make sense? Well, I probably forgot to write half of it before posting.

  • Aerick Blackmoore.8167Aerick Blackmoore.8167 Member ✭✭
    edited February 27, 2019

    Thanks for the update, I guess what most people want is a roadmap, however, would it be so hard to guess whats going to be in it?

    We still have:

    • Warclaw release
    • 2 stories from All or Nothing: Requiem (assuming those didn't get cut)
    • Episode 6 from Living World season 4
    • Mike Z just literally said:

    "The next episodes of Living World are already in development, Swiss tournament support is coming to PvP, we’re looking at more WvW events coming soon, and the return of the Super Adventure Festival is imminent. Our long-term plans for the game like World Restructuring and large-scale improvements to quality of life are still in the works."

    Seeing he is using the plural form, we can assume episodes 1 and 2 are already in the works for Living World Season 5.

    Assuming the same cadence in releases; Living World Season 5 will launch in 2019 and end somewhere in 2020, again assuming 6 releases during the season. After that it's anybody's guess. Expasion number 3? Guild Wars 3? Full closure on GW 1 and 2, because by then NCSoft decided to close it all down?

    Who knows....., guess we will have to wait and see, but the timeline for the next year isn't that hard to imagine.

  • Thank you for communicating this, it is really important, especially in difficult times for the studio like this one, that you talk with the community. Wish you the best while waiting for the new patch =)

  • Thanks for the comments and clearing some things up for us, i like many would really like to see an answer to elephant question in the room regarding expansions as soon as feasible. Please clarify is this is in your long term plans for the game, we're not asking for deadlines or time commitments we just want to know if it's coming down the pipeline so we know the game is going to go on past the living world updates.

  • To show my support for arenanet, I bought gems today.

    There is nothing on the gemstore that tempts me... but still money well spend.

  • Thanks for the update! Most of us wanted more GW2 but it's still a shame that your unannounced projects were cancelled and it's gut wrenching that several of my favourite people were laid off.

    But you've still got an incredibly talented team and I'm excited to see what you do next.

    Is there any way to steal MO away from his CEO duties and get him back on design? (:

  • Thanks for the update Mr. Z. I hope this can ease the anxiety and over turn the community's thoughts that the game is over. It's definitely not.

  • Thank you for the update ! I hope everything will turn out great for all of you guys, and for us. #Love4ArenaNet

  • Thank you. And as much as I want GuildWars2 to do well, I want you as a team and individually to do well, too. Those who have left, and those who remain.

  • Turkeyspit.3965Turkeyspit.3965 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for the update. Take your time, we'll be here.

  • I wish all the best to the people leaving, returning and staying at ArenaNet.
    Thank you from the bottom of my <3 for the past 6+ years of adventures.
    Real life can be tough sometimes and a little escape in the world of GW2 works like magic!

  • Cynder.2509Cynder.2509 Member ✭✭✭

    Thanks for the information and wishing everyone in the team the best and good luck.

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  • Thanks for the update Mike. Hope the GW2 team gets back on its feet again after the shake ups.

    That said, I have to echo the statement that a roadmap for 2019 would put a LOT of minds at ease regarding the future for all of us. Other games in this genre have put out statements just like this recently and it has done wonders for morale upon the playerbase and gives people a reason to keep playing, but also a reason for old players to come back for features they always wanted. I'm sure you have heard it a hundred times but communication can often separate a good developer from a great one, so dont be a stranger.

  • Theros.1390Theros.1390 Member ✭✭✭

    Take the time you need,

    Your community is walking right behind you, and by your side. You'll always have our support.

    Take care, and courage <3

  • cptaylor.2670cptaylor.2670 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Kind of feels like a rephrasing if what’s already been said, with the main difference being a preemptive attempt at controlling expectations with the current contents release schedule. Understandable, but disappointing. And acknowledgement that they may be more open to communicate as things settle down, which would be appreciated. All in all though, if you take it for what it’s worth, feels like a general rephrasing of the previous update but with an actual name attached to it. I can’t say that it quelled my doubts any, though. But it’s still soon and there’s a lot of work to be done so the only thing to do now is wait and hope that the current content in development isn’t too impacted by this, and that those content releases give them the time to restructure and work things out in the background.

    So, thanks for the update, even if it doesn’t really say anything new. It’s a step, and to be fair, probably the only course of action that can be taken at this time.

  • Much love from the Netherlands to the Arenanet team <3

  • I will never stop supporting this game and its developers. Gw2 is the only mmorpg that could fascinate me in the long term. Playing Gw2 since day 1 (+beta) and won't stop <3 Keep up the awesome work and try to listen to the community:)

  • Thanks for the update! All the best to the team going forward...we're pulling for all of you and hoping those separated land on their feet...quickly! Signed, an 18-year GW/GW2 player.

  • Thanks for the update. I'm sad to hear that some people have been let go.

    It's easy to complain about timing and delays when you're not directly affected by them through layoffs. All the best going forward! <3

  • Astralporing.1957Astralporing.1957 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 27, 2019

    @Aerick Blackmoore.8167 said:
    Thanks for the update, I guess what most people want is a roadmap, however, would it be so hard to guess whats going to be in it?

    It's exactly the things that haven't been confirmed before that people want to know about. With the expac being somewhere around the top of that list.

    The whole point of a social game is to play with the people you want to play with, not be forced to play with the people you don't.

  • Kanok.3027Kanok.3027 Member ✭✭✭

    @Jura.2170 said:
    Could you please ask Josh Foreman to come back one day and make Super Adventure world 3?

    This a thousand times! I love SAB and many others do too, so would love to see it completed!

  • Blude.6812Blude.6812 Member ✭✭✭

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Are we going to hear at any point about these unannounced projects, whether they have been cancelled and such?

    Its reassuring to hear that you guys got our back on gw2 but a number of us is scared for the future of the studio and gw2 becomes less and less relevant over time.

    No pressure ofc and i want to thank you for the update nonetheless.

    they have signed Non disclosure agreements , see a devs post quoted here https://en-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/69879/matthew-medina-barefoot-matthew-on-reddit#latest

  • Thank you for this!

    I hope this is a start to a more open communication with the community. Since Gaile and Ben are gone we need it more then ever! Keep us updated how things are going. Communication is key!

    All the best going forward! <3

  • Kam.4092Kam.4092 Member ✭✭✭

    Would be cool to know if an expansion is a goal for the future.

  • cptaylor.2670cptaylor.2670 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Spike.5073 said:
    Mike,

    as much as I appreciate this small update, I have a major gripe with it. Nothing in this speaks of the mistakes you made in the past that led this company up to this point, no promises are made that you will be trying even harder in the future for the benefit of this game and its players. What focus is it you speak to regain? Do you want to try your best to uphold the old schedule, the one so many people thought not good enough? The old quality standards that brought us classics like the bugged Living World instances, the screwed balance and abuse of the system in PvP? You'll share a little, but is it again so little that we have no idea what you're actually working on?

    All I can read is that you had a stroke of bad luck and that you try to uphold old standards with fewer talent. And that is just not good enough for me. You brought this upon yourself, and I'm very sorry to say this, but your old standards are just not good enough, and it pains me to read that you are trying to reach them and not aim to be better, work harder and get out of this as a stronger company. Instead you prefer to lick your wounds and hope for the support and patience of your community.

    We've been very patient in the past already. Your turn. Don't aim at your old good enough, because it wasn't just that.

    I sincerly believe you and many other devs need to hear this. Get it together.

    See you in your next update.

    Yeah, I think in an attempt to not shower them with critique I’m just going to say that it feels like a safer route to just distance yourself emotionally and be conservative. Just think I’m going to hold off and speak only with my money from here on out. Not sure there’s much of a point in doing much else. If the developer wasn’t passionate about the game to make it the main priority, should the community be forced to carry it for them? Because it feels like the community has been more passionate about the game than the ones making all of these decisions to divert focus for quite some time now. And despite the mention of quality, I think it’s been pretty noticeable that the bar has slipped quite a bit this season. Relying on hope has been the constant theme lately, and it just seems wiser at this point to drop all expectations and move on. I think a lot more people will just start shelving this game until content updates are released, and maybe that’s ultimately what the goal was for this game to be. A fun thing to come back to every three or four months with brief spikes in revenue during those times. Still feel sorry for the ones left on the project, that have probably had to work their kitten off to maintain the quality and content we have had. But shifting focus to other projects and moving all of this development to other projects, then insisting time and time again that the restructuring and existing delays were due to improvements for the future, when the reality is probably that the development was an understaffed mess full of extremely talented individuals that probably didn’t even get to release everything they envisioned due to time and budge cut restraints.... quality that could have been much higher had it the creators had the opportunity and backing of the developer.... sorry, but I’m definitely not eager to express praise. Just feels reallll shady to me.

  • Thanks for the update, it’s really appreciated. I hope that as things settle and you all are able to get organized again, that you’ll be able to find new joy and inspiration through the renewed studio wide focus.

    And maybe be able to draw straws finally on who gets to do something with the wizards tower! :lol:

  • Kilrik.6320Kilrik.6320 Member ✭✭✭

    Ty for the info. and all the best to those who remain and those who have been lost. I've thoroughly enjoyed gw1 and gw2 and will show my support with continued play and purchase.

  • Can't say thank you enough. May the six watch over you!

  • Blaeys.3102Blaeys.3102 Member ✭✭✭

    Sorry you and your team have had to go through this.

    Still think GW2 is one of the best games of all time.

  • Thanks for the update, we all appreciate that. Along with feeling your loss, I think - I speak for most when I say; I wish all of us a lucrative, productive and happy year. Especially the amazing people who are no longer with us.

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

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Are we going to hear at any point about these unannounced projects, whether they have been cancelled and such?

    Its reassuring to hear that you guys got our back on gw2 but a number of us is scared for the future of the studio and gw2 becomes less and less relevant over time.

    No pressure ofc and i want to thank you for the update nonetheless.

    they have signed Non disclosure agreements , see a devs post quoted here https://en-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/69879/matthew-medina-barefoot-matthew-on-reddit#latest

    Yeah ik ppl outside the company has signed nda. I was asking more about the studio itself telling us more, down the line.

  • 2 key questions I wish Anet would answer. Are we to expect any more expansions? Has the alliance system for wvw been dropped?

  • ZDragon.3046ZDragon.3046 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @OniGiri.9461 said:
    what about raids? :( :( :(

    pretty sure you will still get a raid every other living world story just as its been doing thus far. 1 story = 1 new fractal the next story = 1 new raid wing i wouldnt worry about that at all. ;)

  • Cerioth.7062Cerioth.7062 Member ✭✭✭

    Thank you for the update, you all have my full support, as well as my guild's.

  • Malediktus.9250Malediktus.9250 Member ✭✭✭✭

    The update says nothing about instanced group content or wvw alliances

  • Thank you for the update!!! Please continue to communicate with us!

  • Thank you for the update! I was so worried about the future of the game, as I am sure a lot of us were. It's still sad to see so many people from the team go. I want to thank you all (including the people that don't work for ANet anymore) for all the hard work you do. I am looking forward to see what changes are going to be made to the game, I hope they are good ones.

  • Donari.5237Donari.5237 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Malediktus.9250 said:
    The update says nothing about instanced group content or wvw alliances

    This may not be the alliances you are talking about, but:

    OP said:
    Our long-term plans for the game like World Restructuring and large-scale improvements to quality of life are still in the works.

    Thank you Mike Z. I know it's been a heart-rending period over there. I'm glad you have plans to keep on going, and I hope you can share more details with us when possible.

  • Xar.6279Xar.6279 Member ✭✭
    edited February 27, 2019

    Hello, Mike Zadorojny.7058! :)

    • Living World
    • PvP tournaments
    • WvW events
    • SaB festival

    But what about raids? What can we expect?

  • Nor.2057Nor.2057 Member ✭✭

    One of the most awaited updates that ive been having about this whole ordeal , but its understandable and im glad the commitment its still on the game, keep it up! cause we as players also will be going full on with great expectations .
    Thank you Mike Z.
    And lastly...one of my concerns is since the community forum manager Gaile is no longer with us and was one of the most informatives in that position... and...even though she is irreplaceable, i was wondering if another dev will take that position and communicate with us in a similar way?

  • Wow! I'm sorry to hear about the layoffs. I had no idea that things were rocky with my favorite developer... Here's to a swift recovery. Cheers!

  • Thanks for the update Mike. My thoughts are with you and the team at Arenanet both past and still present. You've created something extraordinary with Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. Never let it go. I know I won't be.

  • Thank you very much for the update. Much love to all of you <3

  • Thanks for the communication and sorry for what happend. I'd rather see the team get the time they need to readjust than to work under stress it helps nobody not even us the players. Thank you to all of you guys who have put in amazing work to the game though , looking forward to the next update take care.

  • Blude.6812Blude.6812 Member ✭✭✭

    @zealex.9410 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @zealex.9410 said:
    Are we going to hear at any point about these unannounced projects, whether they have been cancelled and such?

    Its reassuring to hear that you guys got our back on gw2 but a number of us is scared for the future of the studio and gw2 becomes less and less relevant over time.

    No pressure ofc and i want to thank you for the update nonetheless.

    they have signed Non disclosure agreements , see a devs post quoted here https://en-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/69879/matthew-medina-barefoot-matthew-on-reddit#latest

    Yeah ik ppl outside the company has signed nda. I was asking more about the studio itself telling us more, down the line.

    People in the company will also have NDA.

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