Guild Wars 2 has been out since 2013 and is the first MMORPG I’ve had the pleasure of playing. I’ve seen it through its major updates, expansions, patches, and all the things that are part of the game’s history. Its been a good ride, but I can’t deny that I’ve been eager for something new to play.
The first weekend of June is a major event in MMOs, as players gear up for a holiday quest line a week out from the first anniversary of the game. As always, ArenaNet is taking full advantage of the occasion, announcing the fourth and final festival of the year, and throwing in a bunch of gifts and events for players to enjoy.
Guild Wars 2 released a new roadmap for the autumn earlier this week, just in time for the game’s tenth anniversary. You were presumably searching for dates for the different End of Dragons beta events, but you may have noted ArenaNet was preparing its regular cycle of seasonal celebrations as well. The Festival of the Four Winds, scheduled for August 31st, has now been confirmed by the studio as still occurring.
Readers may remember that ArenaNet revived the Cantha-themed festival in 2018 after a long hiatus, but it is typically held earlier in the summer; we don’t have a whole list of what will be new this year, but it generally involves racing, hot air balloons, dolyak flying, and other fun.
Meanwhile, the game’s anniversary festivities continue, but Reddit users are expressing their displeasure with both the discounts and the birthday gifts. There have been numerous threads expressing dissatisfaction with the quality of this year’s sales; in particular, players are upset about the lack of account and character upgrades planned for the sale, which some players attribute to the influx of gems currently added to the game as a result of the End of Dragons preorders. (I was stockpiling my jewels as well for this auction, so there’s something to that.)
Some players are displeased with the anniversary presents since the individual character gifts no longer contain unique colors, as they did for past birthdays; instead, the dye is handed out as part of a single gift to the account. Others are just as eager to defend ArenaNet and point out a lack of appreciation, therefore I mention “some” gamers here.
Birthday presents can’t keep going up every year, but they can’t go backwards either. Guildwars 2 –