In its first studio update of 2023, ArenaNet details plans for upcoming Guild Wars 2 content expansions, balance fixes, improvements, and more.
There will be no need for Guild Wars 2 players to worry about the game’s future after 2023, as ArenaNet has just posted a studio update confirming the game’s continued development beyond that year.
Recent news about the game
ArenaNet hopes to capitalize on Guild Wars 2’s success after the release of a new expansion and a remaster of the first Living World Season in 2022 by directing development resources toward future PvE content and improving the game’s overall quality of life.
After completing Season 1 of the Living World for Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet proceeded into the holiday season.
The company has been mum on future plans, despite the game receiving a significant World vs. World balance patch and hosting the annual Lunar New Year event in January.
Hype and enthusiasm grew as the studio hinted at potential disclosures, even as some players began to wonder about Living World Seasons’ long-term viability.
Guild Wars 2 plans for 2023
Game Director Josh “Grouch” Davis details the studio’s long-term vision for Guild Wars 2 in the official studio update, which extended beyond 2023.
Moreover, the future PvE content, changes to the game mechanics, modifications for player vocations, and a shift in the current expansion model are all discussed in detail, along with a quick mention of the several awards Guild Wars 2 earned in 2022.
The company explains in greater detail how they have always prioritized working on new content packs and Living World Seasons. After the success of updating Guild Wars 2’s Living World for Season 1, the developers decided to shift their attention to improving and expanding upon previously released content while also working on brand-new stories.
What to expect this year
Take a peek at GW2’s official studio overview of their coming patches and releases. It is expected that the release dates for some of the aforementioned upgrades and betas will be publicly available at a later time.
- February 14: Profession Balance Update, WvW Objective Reward Scaling, Chromium Embedded Framework Upgrade
- February 28: New Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons Map and Story Content, Soo-Won Legendary Variant
- March 28: Super Adventure Festival
- April 18: DX11 Upgrade Complete
- May 2: Profession Balance Update
Moreover, Josh said in their official announcement that they will be preparing for the second half of the year. There will be more information coming soon.
Furthermore, each subsequent expansion for Guild Wars 2 will be smaller in scope, bringing with it new tales, maps, and endgame activities,
It will be followed by a quarterly update that adds new challenges to bring that expansion’s story to a close.