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Turret assets we don't get to use: a summary


Matoro.9708

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One might think ArenaNet has been in the process of reworking turrets, given how much work has actually been put into their open world appearances. But every time, someone said no: Engineers will get nothing. And I don't forgive that person. 

 

1. A couple years ago I threw a turret rework post into the ocean of them. One of the ideas was a gatling turret, either as an elite or to replace the rifle turret. Well, along came the Icebrood Saga:

https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Gatling_Turret it looks awesome, it actually can kill you, and it's not even a race specific model. As it stands I see no reason this shouldn't at least have the model incorporated somewhere. This one among all others seems to laugh in our faces. 

https://wiki.guildwars2.com/images/3/32/Gatling_Turret.jpg

 

2. https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Field_Tech_Turret I hardly need to speak on these. These emulate necro's flesh wurm and more, they are basically every turret in one, and are impermanent and need to be repaired, solving a longstanding complaint at least in PvP. Even grants alacrity. AND I went and tested myself, it seems the boon duration scales with your own!!!! (Well, it's not that exciting, experimental turrets does this already.) But I can't imagine it's much more work to make the damage or heals scale, which they don't seem to. And wow, the visuals are amazing, especially on the heal field.

 

3. https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Ramshackle_Turret Same model as the sniper turret.

 

4. https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Order_of_Whispers_Security_Bolt_Turret also seen in Dragon's Stand meta. 

 

5. https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Deployable_Mortar_Kit I love this little guy but he lasts 60 seconds, has an 1800s cooldown and costs money, while suffering from everything normal turrets do. They are used by Dominion Engineers in Drizzlewood. 

 

6. https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Decoration/Turrets Guild hall turrets. They even apply fear. Unlike engi turrets. 

 

7. https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Perimeter_Ballistic_Turret spicy rata novan turrets. 

 

8. https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Turret_Emplacement and https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Charr_Assault_Turret are virtually the same category, but I could see these being an elite model. 

 

9. https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Turret_Wagon and its https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Ghostbore_Turret were awesome. Having a turret wagon would be sick. Ghostbore turrets inspire things like a much needed Anti-Necro turret. Then engi would truly be the problem solving profession the story portrays them to be.

 

Anyways. Looking forward to being disappointed for the engi elite spec reveal while core continues to languish and drift from its original vision. 

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Would like to add one to the list. We got to revisit old living world chapters and in one instance, we have to solve some riddles from Caudecus. One of these riddles has "turret" as an available (and wrong) answer, all answers are represented by a statue.

 

This is the turret statue

 

For people not knowing about it: it is one of the design concepts for engineer's rifle turret by Anet. You can see the concept art here.

I was really surprised seeing that this concept of a rifle turret, which looks way more detailed and interesting than the rifle turret we got in the end.... already has a 3d model in the game?!?!?!

 

The model is already there, why is it not used? Why do we still have to run around with the embarrasment which is rifle turret? This seems like such a total waste. I know, Anet doesn't give a kitten about our turrets, but this encounter felt like a slap in the face for me.

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