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GW2 release: Escape from Lion’s Arch

The next GW2 Living World release Escape from Lion’s Arch will begin on Feb 18. A short video was provided on the official site to tease the upcoming content.


Key points about this release (from Massively’s preview)

  • All essential services unique to Lion’s Arch will be redirected to Vigil Keep in Gendarran Fields
  • Personal Story will take through a new entrance
  • Lion’s Arch will still be explorable for map completion, but not as safe to explore as before
  • Ho-Ho Tron is coming back this release, but with a new title and personal mission (John Ryan on Twitter)

By Dulfy

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40 replies on “GW2 release: Escape from Lion’s Arch”

Ah, okay. I see now. “Personal Story will take through a new entrance.” I interpreted that as “Personal Story will take players through a new instance,” which could indeed serve as foreshadowing to the Big Plot Twist that Arenanet has been boasting for the end of this Living Story arc.

But alas, I guess “Victory or Death” will be the last chapter in that book for the foreseeable future.

no it means you don´t have to throw away your life jsut to play personaly story mission which chronological wise happen BEFORE the living story.

I’ve always wondered… how is there a city called Lion’s Arch if there are no lions in Tyria? I’m guessing Scarlet pondered the same thing, and that’s obviously why she’s so pissed.

Its named afther the lion gaurd, itwas founded by sal d’allesio and the lion gaurd before the end of the first guildwars (guildwars 1)

Ok, but why Lion’s Arch and not Lynx’ Arch or Mergoyle’s Arch for instance. It is probably an influence from Kamadan, as the two port cities used to communicate and trade.

I hear you! Without Lion’s existing in Tyria, how and when were they even created to be used as a symbol? Did they exists at one point in time and are now extinct?

Because in olden european times Lions were considered mystical creatures that were often used in regalia denoting nobility and strength. England’s national animal for example is a Lion while Scotland’s is a Unicorn!

Also: “All essential services unique to Lion’s Arch will be redirected to Vigil Keep in Gendarran Fields”

I’m wondering if this is a precursor to the possibility of being able to join any of the 3 factions, instead of being limited to 1?

Doubt it… basically, LA will be where the next LS happens and it won’t be in instances but on LA map itself. In order to allow folks to do the usual stuff they currently do in LA without getting attacked, services will be available in Vigil Keep to give you a safe place to get everything done.

Hmmm.. hopefully there will be something new to when she invades, we have seen all these enemies already, and them working together isn’t exactly a major plot twist for invading Lions Arch

What a stupid, stupid, stupid thing to say. What server do you play, anyway? Because i guarantee you that in BG you will always find most of the players hanging out in Queensdale, participating in one zerg train or another, exploiting the zone for exp pts, karma points and loot. Inane, i know, because there are much worthier foes in zones that remain all but barren a good deal of the time. Another zone that sees alot of zerg train activity, especially since Ascended items became craftable, is Frostforge. Lion’s Arch the hub of player activity? Hardly! Which is odd, because the portal into every race’s starting city can be reached thru asura gates located in LA Lion’s Arch is also adjacent to the Gendarran Fields to the north,Lorner’s Pass to the east, after a shortcut to the Bloodtide Coast immediately to the south of Lion’s Arch. When, not if, LA is besieged players will be forced to pay exorbitant increases in asura gate transportation fees even to get from one zone to another

I play on Dragon Brand and most of the areas it’s pretty dead. Areanet said most of lion arch services will be moved to the vigil keep ,so I guess we will see how much of LA will really get destroyed. I was more hoping this will shake the player base up more so they are more spread out within the world.

ooo deym i have a feelin it will be da same on anime Log Horizon. THE INVASION! (Goblin Lord= Scarlet) (Sahuagin=Krait) (Elite Goblin Mob= Dredge Mob) if u dun get wat im sayin juz ignur me =))

Since this is a blog read not only by native english or americans, but also other europeans aswell (e.g. me), it is much appreciated that everyone here writes a clear understandable post.
And just be honest, Ainselands post is hard to read kauderwelsch.

This sounds outstanding. After the Living Story lull of this past update, I’m looking forward to some updated content.

Scarlet started a new restaurant chain called Scarlet Fried Moa and Meep was sacrificed 🙁

In all seriousness though, not sure. They might relocate the race or shut it down.

Anyone know if LA wil return back as normal after the end of the release? (I think so but a confirmation would be appreciated)

It won’t. Maybe someday it will be rebuilt, however not for a longer time. Listen to interview with game designers.

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