Living World Season 1 Return: “Sky Pirates” Arrives Next Week

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<p>The second episode of Living World Season 1 returns on May 24! Visit your Story Journal to begin, and a mysterious message will send you to Lion’s Arch for your first encounter with Captain Mai Trin and detective Marjory Delaqua.</p>
<p>Living World Season 1 content is free for all players, permanently. Complete the original episode achievements and new achievements to earn rewards!</p>
<p>This content was originally released during the very first Dragon Bash celebration. Play the episode to see the history of the festival and get ready for Dragon Bash 2022 on June 7.</p>
<p>Next week’s release will also include the next <em>Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons™</em> <a href="https://www.guildwar...s-2/">ChallengeMode Strike Mission</a> and a set of <a href="https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/a-closer-look-at-the-guild-wars-2-end-of-dragons-legendary-weapons/">Generation 3 legendary weapon variant skins</a> inspired by the Elder Dragon of Death and Shadow, Zhaitan.</p>

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The Latest in Jade Tech Fishing Gear is Here

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<p>Dazzle your fellow fishing enthusiasts with the gentle luminescence of your jade tech watercraft and fishing tackle! It’s a good thing fish don’t understand the rapid pace of technological progress, or they might start to worry.</p>
<h3>Infinite Fishing Lure</h3>
<p>Have you ever sailed out to your favorite fishing haunt, only to remember you left your lures on land? Never disappoint a school of gullible fish again! Add this infinite lure to your rod for +100 fishing power and peace of mind. </p>
<h3>What’s in Stock</h3>
<p>Check in later this week to peruse our updated inventory of mount select licenses and mount adoption licenses.</p>
<p><strong>Returning Today</strong><br />25% Off&mdash;Mage Knight Outfit, Watchwork Mining Pick, Tireless Harvesting Minion, and Tireless Logging Minion</p>
<p><strong>Returning This Week</strong><br />25% Off&mdash;Warclaw Frontline Mount Pack, Lost Era Mount Select License, and Lost Era Mount Adoption License</p>
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<h3>Available Now in the Gem Store!</h3>
<p>Log into <em>Guild Wars 2</em> and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!</p>
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Roar When You Soar with New Griffon Mount Skins

  • Canthan Tigris Griffon Mount Skin Pack

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While flying tigers might sound like a terrifying concept, this adorable Canthan griffon breed only resembles a tiger. They’re far more interested in joining you on your adventures than they are in having you for lunch. Add the Canthan Tigris, Qinkaishi Tigris, and Blazing Tigris to your mount skin wardrobe and baffle land-bound tigers everywhere.

Jade Tech Eye Piece

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Look sharp! We can’t begin to describe the features packed into this innovative new device. Yes, we know what it does. We’re just preserving the mystery for you.

What’s in Stock

Visit the Gem Store later this week to check out our updated inventory of brilliant dye kits.

Returning Today
20% Off—Bank Tab Expansion and Storage Expander

Returning This Week
30% Off—Awakened Dye Kit, Crimson Lion Dye Kit, Elonian Landscape Dye Kit, Deathly Dye Kit, Zhaitan Dye Kit, Mad King Dye Kit, Shadow Dye Kit, and Toxic Dye Kit

Available Now in the Gem Store!

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Embody Shiro’s Legacy with a New Appearance Package

  • Shiro’s Legacy Appearance Package

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Yes, Shiro Tagachi is one of the most notorious figures in Tyrian history—but he sure had style. Give his aesthetic a whole new life with this package, which contains a Shiro’s Legacy Outfit, Shiro’s Legacy Backpack Set, Shiro’s Legacy Blades Package, and Total Makeover Kit. The items in the package are also sold individually.

What’s in Stock

Visit the Gem Store later this week to check out our updated inventory of comfortable chairs.

Returning Today
20% Off—Elite Reinforcements Package, Character Slot Expansion, Bag Slot Expansion, and Central Tyria Waypoint Unlock Cache

Returning This Week
30% Off—Taimi’s Outfit, Spellforged Outfit, Spellforged Backpack and Glider, and Inventor’s Sunglasses

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Get 20% Off Guild Wars 2 Gem Cards in Europe

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Big savings on Guild Wars 2 digital Gem Cards are coming to Europe! From April 29 to May 5, get 20% off Gem Cards valued at 2,000 gems and 50% off Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ Standard and Deluxe editions.

Stock up and save at these participating retailers:

20% Off Gem Cards50% Off Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™

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Express Yourself with New Forum Avatars

Our ArenaNet Creative Partners have designed twenty-nine new avatars for the official Guild Wars 2 forums! You can choose a new forum avatar by signing in to your account and visiting your profile page.

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Splash the Skies with the Thousand Seas Gourd

  • Vermilion Pauldrons Skin

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With finely-wrought metalwork and ever-burning magical flame, these pauldrons will dress up any look.

Thousand Seas Gourd Backpack and Glider Combo

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This enormous decorative gourd is perfect for staying hydrated on long trips, especially if you’re embarking from a cliff and your destination is the ground.

What’s in Stock

Visit the Gem Store later this week to peruse our updated inventory of unique weapon skins.

Returning Today
20% Off—Black Lion Keys and Scrap Package, Infused Samurai Package, Infused Blades Package, and Infused Samurai Outfit

Returning This Week
25% Off—Gem Aura Appearance Package, Gem Aura Outfit, and Cryomancer Glider

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ArenaNet Studio Update: April 2022

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Greetings, Tyrians,

As promised in last month’s “Future of Guild Wars 2” blog post, we’re back with another helping of the latest happenings here at the ArenaNet studio. In this edition, we’ll be touching on Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons™ meta-events and rewards, DirectX 11, World vs. World, and our ongoing new-player improvement testing.

Final Encounter of the Jade Sea Meta-⁠event

From the outset, we designed the final boss of the Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons Jade Sea meta-event to be more challenging than most of our existing open-world experiences. It’s the epic finale of a story arc told over the course of 10 years, after all.

Over the past month we’ve been making incremental balance adjustments to the meta-event’s final boss, with the goal of making it more accessible while still retaining an increased difficulty level. Between the mechanical changes we’ve implemented and the community’s willingness to rise to the challenge, we’ve seen the number of successful clears increase dramatically in recent weeks. For context, in the first few weeks of March, only about 15% of boss attempts ended successfully. Most recently, that number has risen to over 60%, putting it closer to existing world bosses and meta-event success rates while still being more challenging than any of them.

In terms of balance, the fight is very close to where we’d like it to be. However, we’ll continue to monitor community feedback and completion rates and, as always, make adjustments as needed. Next week’s release will also address a bug that causes the final boss to enter the “bite” phase more frequently than intended.

End of Dragons Meta-event Rewards

In the weeks following the release of Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons, we heard you loud and clear that the rewards for the new meta-events needed a little more “oomph”—especially when you consider the difficulty and the time required to complete the events. In other words, there needs to be a stronger incentive to replay the content after the initial playthrough.

Since then, we’ve removed a significant number of junk items from the loot tables (so you’re more likely to get higher value items), increased the value of the reward chest contents, and added a Hero’s Choice Chest for successfully completing these events. And while these are good improvements, we recognize that a stronger incentive is needed if we want these events to be a long-term addition to the endgame open-world experience. This is especially true for Dragon’s End, which contains our most challenging meta-event to date. To help address this, in next week’s update we’ll be adding a new Void-themed infusion as a rare drop to the Bounty of Dragon’s End loot table.

The Bounty of Dragon’s End can be earned daily for successfully completing the meta-event, and up to five additional chests can be purchased each week from the vendor Myung-Hee, located in the Shing Jea Monastery in Seitung Province.

DirectX 11 Update

In the July 2021 Studio Update, we announced that we’d be upgrading our graphics API from DirectX 9 to DirectX 11 (DX11) as part of our long-term support plans for Guild Wars 2. This upgrade is the required first step in unlocking client performance improvements and graphical upgrades made available by DX11. James Fulop, a Senior Engine Programmer on Guild Wars 2, posted a blog last year that covers the technical details of the upgrade.

In September of last year, we introduced DX11 as an opt-in beta, and since then the team has been hammering away at bugs and crashes related to the upgrade. Today, the feature is stable enough to move to the next phase.

With the May 10 release, we’ll enable DX11 by default for all newly created accounts. This means that all future players joining the game (whether it’s from our official site, or eventually from Steam) will benefit from DX11 from their very first log-in. We’ll also remove the “beta” tag from the feature in the settings menu.

As a note, existing players who are not participating in the DX11 beta will not be automatically opted-in on May 10, but if you’d like to start using DX11 you can enable it from the graphics settings menu. We didn’t expect DX11 to deliver substantial performance improvements all on its own, but we’re seeing plenty of reports that indicate it’s a nice bump to frame rates for many, so we encourage you to start using it! In the long run, we plan to deprecate DX9 support and move to making DX11 the default graphics setting for all players (new and veteran alike). This will open the door for further improvements.

World vs. World

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World Restructuring

In our last studio update, we mentioned that we’re actively investigating the queue bug that causes players to get thrown to the back of the WvW queue after waiting in line on reset nights. It’s frustrating to experience, and with the deep queues that happen during World Restructuring beta events, it usually means that impacted players log off for the night rather than wait in line again. Unfortunately, this issue isn’t something we’ve been able to reproduce in our dev environment. To help diagnose the issue, in the April 19 update, we’re adding new data logging to the game that will allow us to collect the information needed to identify the root cause.

In the meantime, the team has shifted their attention to designing the user experience surrounding Alliances, a sub-feature of World Restructuring that allows multiple guilds to matchmake together. We’re also in the early phase of designing our next batch of rewards improvements for the mode. We’ll have more details on this in a future blog.

Edge of the Mists Instancing Bug: Attention all enjoyers of player-organized GvG (guild vs. guild) gameplay: There’s a fix for the Edge of the Mists instancing issue coming with next week’s release! You’ll be back to pin sniping and dodging in unison in no time!

Jade Bot Scavenging

In the March 29 update, we made a change to Jade Bot Scavenger Protocols that makes them no longer grant materials or trophies for player kills. This change was intended to address an exploit elsewhere in the game, but WvW players took splash damage in the process and were unfairly nerfed. We’ll revert this change for WvW in the April 19 update. Happy scavenging!

March 29 Balance Update Follow-Up

We made some significant changes to WvW profession balance in the March 29 update, and for the most part we like what we’re seeing. However, there are a few lingering issues that we don’t want to wait until June’s profession update to address. We’re still monitoring and formulating our plan on this front so we’re not ready to share details quite yet, but we wanted to let you know to expect some additional WvW-specific balance adjustments in the May 10 release.

New-Player Improvements Testing

As we mentioned in last month’s studio update, we’re taking steps to ensure a smooth launch on Steam later this year. This launch is an important piece of our long-term plans for growing the community, so we want to get it right. To prepare for this, we’ll experiment with some changes to the new-player experience with the goal of improving new-player retention. To be clear, we’re not undertaking huge overhauls at this stage, but rather focusing on smaller changes that can have a big impact on the player experience. We tried the “overhaul” approach back in 2014 with mixed results. In fact, some of our experiments this year will explore reversing some of those 2014 changes.

Typically, these tests will only impact small segments of new accounts for a limited duration. This is referred to as “A/B testing.” We’ll deploy the changes to a small number of new players, study the results, and then decide whether to make the change permanent, further iterate on it, or remove it from the game.

It’s worth noting that we expect some of our tests (or variations of a test) to not work out. That’s the nature of an experiment. When we’ve had a successful test, we’ll roll the change out officially and communicate those changes in our release notes.

Most of the players reading this won’t be impacted by these experiments. However, some new players might take notice, so we wanted to give you a heads-up and make sure you’re in the know in case you see some curious comments.

Studio Break

In last month’s update, we stated that the health and well-being of our employees is a top priority for the studio. As exhilarating and fulfilling as it is to ship an expansion, it can also be stressful at times and comes at the tail end of two years of fast-paced development. And since then, the team has been working diligently to address bugs and feedback from the Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons launch.

It’s time for a breather. The studio is taking this week off to recharge our batteries before we get fully ramped up on our new projects and initiatives. In fact, many of us might be outside touching grass and enjoying the sunshine at this very moment! We’ll be back to it on April 18.

End of Transmission

That’s all for this edition! If you haven’t done so yet, please check out the “Future of Guild Wars 2” blog post from last month. It contains a lot of juicy details about our long-term plans for Guild Wars 2 and includes a road map of what’s to come over the next three months.

Speaking of coming soon, don’t forget to catch the first returning episode of Living World Season 1, “Flame and Frost,” next Tuesday! The April 19 release will also include the Aetherblade Hideout Strike Mission Challenge Mode.

As always, thank you for being a part of the Guild Wars community.

We’ll see you in the game,
—Josh, Amy, and the Guild Wars 2 Team


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Living World Return Season 1 Begins Now

Experience Living World from the beginning and see where the members of Dragon’s Watch began their journeys. The first episode of Living World Season 1, “Flame and Frost,” is now playable in Guild Wars 2 for the first time since 2013, along with new and returning rewards and new achievements. Living World Season 1 episodes will be free additions to the core game and available to all players, permanently.

Today’s release also contains the Aetherblade Hideout Challenge Mode Strike Mission. Read today’s update notes on our forums.


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Whiskery Whimsy with the Canthan Vulpine Mounts Pack

  • Canthan Vulpine Jackal Mounts Pack

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Add a set of three curious, clever Canthan foxes to your stable of mounts! This pack contains a Canthan Vulpine, Lucent Vulpine, and Ring-Tailed Vulpine.

Jade Flight Chest

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Inside each chest, you’re guaranteed to find a redeemable Black Lion Statuette, a Black Lion Material Bag: End of Dragons, and two common items. You also have a chance to find something rarer in the fifth slot, including special items, glyphs, and skins from the Ice Reaver Weapon Collection and Lorekeeper Weapon Collection.

Steel Lotus Weapon Collection
A beautiful but deadly new set of weapon skins is now available from Black Lion Weapons Specialists for one Black Lion Claim Ticket per skin.

Exclusive Item: Jade Tech Wings Backpack and Glider Combo
Jade tech is all the rage this spring, and this set captures the aesthetic with graceful artistry and ingenious engineering.

Guaranteed Wardrobe Unlock Update
Guaranteed Wardrobe Unlocks have been updated with many of the latest looks!

What’s in Stock

We’re refreshing our seasonal selection of backpiece skins this week.
Returning Today
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Returning This Week
25% Off—Nightspeaker Package, Nightspeaker Outfit, Nightspeaker Wings Backpack and Glider Combo, and Nightspeaker Greatsword Skin

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