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Art director Daniel Dociu is talking me through a flyby of a new prototype area in Guild Wars 2. We’re hunched around the monitor of an artist as he drives the camera across a stunning azure port. Merchants, tables, chairs and bunting line the wooden walkways. The water beneath the jetties ripples and gleams. Above it all is a giant brass globe, across which sheets of electrical energy crackle. It is gorgeous.

If nothing else, Guild Wars 2 will be a beautiful fantasy MMORPG. Better than that, having played it, I can say that I think it’s a step forward for MMO games. Guild Wars 2 is advancing the very fundamentals of the genre. It is bravely ditching the fetch, carry, kill and collect style of questing that has kept us entertained/ sedated for years. It is pinning its second-by-second interactions on a combat style that is fast, frantic and unpredictable. Oh: and there’s no subscription fee to pay. Once you’ve bought Guild Wars 2, you’ll be able to play it forever.

Ruh roh. Guild Wars 2 is taking huge risks. With those risks come potentially huge pratfalls.

The final risk ArenaNet are taking is financial. There’s no doubt that they could charge a monthly subscription for Guild Wars 2 – this is as fully featured an MMO as World of Warcraft, Rift or The Old Republic. But they have chosen not to. Instead, ArenaNet are placing all their faith on players enjoying the game so much that they’ll be willing to buy in-game items. And, I speculate, on them buying sidegrade expansion packs such as Guild Wars: Factions or Guild Wars: Prophecies released at a rapid pace.

“We sold around seven million copies of Guild Wars 1,” Mike says, “and have been really successful. You see a lot of people launch as a subscription MMO and discover that it’s really hard to compete with WoW as a second subscription. We’ve seen it time and time again – you get to the end of your 30-day trial period and ‘PSHOOOM’… your playerbase drops through the floor.”

ArenaNet have still to show how their endgame will work, nor have they shown the PvP systems that will keep competitive players entertained (although it’s easy to spot half the developers scrapping in GW2 arenas on a beta server during their lunchbreak). There’s still a lot to come. A lot of risk. A lot of innovation. But GW2 already plays extremely well and I can’t wait to come back to play more.

There’s simply a lot to like.
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I literally cannot wait for this game. Played the first one for a good 3,500-4,000h and will do the same with GW2 if the game lives up to the original.
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Can't wait!!

I wish they would reveal a release date.
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I can't wait for this game.
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Have all campaigns. My fav guy is Ranger/Mo with Elite Sunspear Armor and have wide range of bows stored for him <3. Gotta love RUPTING and trapping. Can't wait for GW2. Hope they make rangers as fun.
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I loved the first Guild Wars games. I played them until it was no longer fun lol. My only gripe with them is their support.
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If collectors edition is coming out. I am preordering it
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They are not lions or just cats.. they are Charr

Can't wait for the release... Definately going Ranger again, Human or Norn.. not sure yet.

One thing's for sure.... if they keep the character limit on accounts as they have on GW1 [which is an 8 character limit] ArenaNet is going to rake in the extra slots micro-payments!
    
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Looking forward to this.
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Ive Player Guild wars sense the 1st months it came out, and have around 7,000 hours of game play, sadly Due to school & work, I can no longer play as GW1 anymore. BUT as soon as GW2 comes out(w.e that may be hopefully this year!) I intend to take that week off from school and work!!
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I am so close to going back to WoW, if it wasnt because I know I'll get bored with it in 2 weeks max. I really really need a new MMORPG to keep me busy. Atleast the new APB is launching an open beta if a few days, and if we're lucky, a GW2 beta will arrive soon. I just dont hope (and you will all hate me for saying this) that the full game doesnt launch untill early 2012. Because Im joining the military for four months in august, so if the game comes out in those four months, I cant play it And if I cant play it, then NOONE SHOULD !
Anyway yay for GW2 !

edit: I like how one of the tags for this preview is "THUNDERCATS HOOOOOOOO" who would search for that ?
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