New Additions to the Beta Weekend EventJuly 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 8 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
Arenanet just posted a blog on what will be new to players in the July 20th beta weekend. Some little things, some big, lots to think about.
Skipping the obvious, starting up new asura and sylvari characters and visiting 3 new zones, the first thing that grabs my eye is that we’re finally getting to see some activities.
The Keg Brawl will be active. One of the first features we got to see via the Anet blog were the activities and we were promised 4 or 5 per city. Over the past year and more however we’ve heard very little. I was actually starting to get worried. Keg Brawl is one of the activities they talked about in the early days so that is reassuring. It’s been previously described as the norn version of basketball. Basically you fight over a number of kegs and whoever gets the most, wins. Can’t wait to try it out.
Another more minor addition appears to be something called vistas. They appear to be similar to points of interest, a checklist of places to visit in a particular map. More for completionists and screenshot takers I guess.
I’m not a big PvPer but I love the look of the PvP maps. Just running around inside them is kinda fun. They’re a whole bunch of beautiful packed into a relatively small area. Plus you kill people! Anyway a map based on the original Guild Wars involving The Great Northern Wall sounds incredible.
As for this World versus World sentries thing. I’m glad that Arenanet is putting a host of things to do in WvW. You can PvP, take on PvE objectives like killing supply caravans or recruiting NPC mobs, you can gather and craft or go do jumping puzzles, and you can grab the Orb of Power, etc. But I’m a little concerned these sentries sound like busy work. Maybe they’re great, I don’t know, I haven’t tried them out. Something worthy of testing I’m sure.
The only other thing I’d care to comment on is that our characters are going to be deleted. I was definitely planning on visiting Rata Sum and The Grove with my engineer and then finally hitting a dungeon. I guess the dungeon isn’t happening unless there is some leveling NPC I haven’t encountered.
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