Lots of buzz this week over Guild Wars 2′s preview post for the year, as to be expected. Three million copies sold, for starters, which is pretty dang impressive. Still fun watching people try to come up with bendy logic to get around that number and declare the game is failing or what have you. If three million copies sold isn’t a slight indicator of success, then your standards are just impossibly high.
There’s a lot of discussion in this post about upcoming features that I don’t personally care about. Someone else will, undoubtedly, but not me. WvW, guesting, PvP, leaderboards, Fractal dungeon improvements… yeah, I’m good, thanks.
However, I was encouraged by the mention of more guild-related activities. I don’t get how undersupported guilds are in so many MMOs, particularly when developers are always saying how they’re the social glue that holds together the game. So stuff to do together as a guild? Awesome.
I’m most excited about some changes that are coming to the achievement system that encourages people to get out into the world and engage in daily activities. GW2 already delivers reward chests for players who complete daily, monthly, or zone-wide achievements, but it looks like they’re going to take it a step further and open up a store that uses achievement points as currency. Great idea. I’ve kind of wanted to see this ever since World of Warcraft and Warhammer Online started leveraging achievements in a big way. It sounds like the new system will be more flexible, with a choice between what activities you want to do to constitute your daily achievement.
I’m not feeling a particular lack of anything in Guild Wars 2 right now, save a solid housing system (seriously, ArenaNet, we know you could do so good in this area) and a much better wardrobe outfitter. The world is still a genuine pleasure to explore, and I seriously cannot wait to finish map completion so I can explore it all over again on an alt. Maybe I should push harder to finish up, I’ve really been taking my time as of late.
Anyway, I’m in general approval of this state of the game post. It’s nothing that made me stand up and cheer, but there’s enough good stuff there that has me feeling like the game is steering a good course and will continue to do so.