Confirmed GWEN and GW2 Details

Following on from a previous post containing unconfirmed information, we now have official details of the Guild Wars expansion, Eye of the North, and the sequel to Guild Wars is in the latest issue of PC Gamer, now in the hands of subscribers. Some interesting points follow.

Guild Wars: Eye of the North (GWEN)

  • Christmas 2007 release
  • Is considered an expansion, not a full, standalone campaign as previous releases
  • Will cost less than a full campaign release
  • No new Professions
  • New Skills
  • Links the stories of Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 together

Guild Wars 2

  • Storyline is set hundreds of years later in Guild Wars continuity, so there are no provisions in place for players to migrate characters from Guild Wars 1 to Guild Wars 2, however there are hints of “benefits” to veteran players through the Eye of the North expansion
  • Four new playable races (bringing the total to five, including humans)
  • Two kinds of PvP play: structured PvP similar to today’s Guild Wars system, and unstructured “world” PvP similar to the systems in MMORPGs
  • More open worlds, less instances — similar to MMORPGs
  • Very high level caps — 100+ or even no cap
  • Freedom of movement — jump, swim, slide
  • No monthly fees
  • No new chapters/standalone campaigns, but possibly small expansions

It looks like Guild Wars 2 is going to be similar to MMORPGs, whilst not totally abandoning its CRPG format. This is so exciting! I’m really looking forward to these releases!

The Guild Wars Guru forum post is being updated with new information as developers respond to player questions, so check it out if you’re interesting.

Even more detailed information, is of course, available in the May 2007 issue of PC Gamer, which hits news stands on 3rd April in the United States. There is also a code to obtain a new minipet in the issue. :P

[Via Games. Tech. Musings.]

EDIT 1: Official press release from ArenaNet, announcing Guild Wars: Eye of the North and Guild Wars 2

EDIT 2: Press release on Guild Wars: Eye of the North, with detailed information

  4 comments for “Confirmed GWEN and GW2 Details

  1. bigwig
    20 March 2007 at 21:46

    I’m actually pretty thankful they stopped making standalone expansions. Might not even buy EOTN or GWEN as some people are calling it. Moving into a more open world sequel seems like the right move, i just hope they can come up with new gameplay styles. A whole new game really, i’m bored with the old one.

  2. 21 March 2007 at 01:37

  3. sigh
    22 March 2007 at 15:21

    sigh, an end to the coolness that is guildwars and yet another standardy mmo, well at least it wont be pay to play i guess.

  4. 22 March 2007 at 16:36

    I’m a little apprehensive about the changes myself, but I’ll wait and see what ArenaNet pulls out of their collective sleeves.

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