GW2 Living World Season 3 Starts July 26

Living World Season 3 will start on July 26 with new episodes released every 2-3 months after.

Here is a teaser for Living World Season 3.

According to the Massively article, here are the important bits.

  • First episode is titled Out of the Shadows, to be released on July 26.
  • Need to own Heart of Thorns and have a Level 80 character to participate
  • Don’t need to have HoT story completed but it will pick up right where HoT left off.
  • Episodes will be free and you can log on to “bank” these episodes for future even if you don’t have HoT purchased.
  • Episodes will be paired with feature releases.
  • New episodes to be released every 2-3 months after that.

For feature updates

  • New Chaos Isles Fractal, featuring a new story arc that will parallel the main season 3 plot.
  • Returning of the old Raid on the Capricon PvP map with all the underwater elements removed. Pirates will roam the map and seek revenge against players so players may need to unite to fight them off. New bell objective every 3 minutes that can be captured to gain points and capturing it multiple times give you bonus points.

More info from the official site.

Do I need to have completed the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns expansion story to play Season 3?

Purchase of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ is required to access Season 3, but you don’t need to have completed the expansion story.

What level does my character need to be to play Season 3?

Season 3 Living World content is intended for level 80 characters. Every purchase ofGuild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns comes with a Level-80 Boost so you can immediately get one of your characters into the new season of Living World content. This item is delivered to you in a free Shared Inventory Slot, which is yours to keep even after you use the character boost.

How do I unlock the episodes?

Just as in Season 2, you can unlock each episode for free by logging in to Guild Wars 2 any time between the episode’s initial release and the release of the next episode. If you don’t ownGuild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, you can still log in to unlock the episode for free—it’ll be there waiting for you once you purchase the expansion!

What can I expect this season?

Living World Season 3 episodes will release every 2–3 months. We’ll bundle Living World episodes with the kind of content and updates we’ve been adding through our seasonal quarterly releases, but the frequency of releases may increase. Our goal is to deliver quality content on a sustainable cadence, so we can drive the story of Guild Wars 2 and open world gameplay forward while also supporting our other game modes.

You’ll find out everything we’ve got in store for you on July 26!

But I still haven’t played Season 2!

From now until the release of the first episode, you can pick up Living World Season 2 as a bundle for 40% off through the gem store! And if you don’t want to play through it alone, stay tuned for tomorrow’s streaming schedule—we’ll let you know which of our partners are planning to play through Season 2 so you can follow along.

Please join us on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit on July 26 to celebrate the release with the developers after the release goes live! If you have further questions about Living World Season 3, head over to the official Guild Wars 2 forums.

  • answerer

    first
    But seriously though, I’m really looking forward to it.. 1500 lines of unique dialogue, that’s gotta be a lot of chickens

    • Bring back the Marionette boss

      I hope there is enough action to tag along with the lines of dialogue. I recently replayed the HoT story on an alt and my god the Rata Novus mission is abominable. 90% of it is waiting for Taimi and watching unskippable cutscenes and dialogue. I am not exaggerating, go try it.

      • Nick Peterson

        i agree but Taimi is the only character i like lol other then older ones

    • Virindi Quidiox

      “I’m Groot” in 1500 different languages FTW!

  • Knight_ldr

    Hopefully the new fractal will show us how Rytlock left the mists, I would love to see that!

    • Nick Peterson

      yer i was kind of sad u didnt have a hole new start area playing a revent little back story

      • Colosso

        I d like to know why in the hell my revenant forgot all his racial skills?

        • Phobia256

          He’s racial indifferent duh 😉

    • mrh

      This is Rytlock’s story:

      • mrh

        Sigh, sorry i didn’t check the clip first and host seems to have chopped it up.

        • Archi

          haha i get the idea though. that does kind of look like Rytlock capturing his spirits in the mists

    • nadrian3k

      That would be cool yes. Rytlock’s story was the most interesting out of all…and probably the most emotional one (apart from that brief moment Eir’s death). The rest were just boring cliches

  • Colosso

    So no news Legendary armor collection vol 2?

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Definitely wouldn’t hold your breath

    • Nick Peterson

      weapons have been put on hole till 2017 100% armor i image will be pushed just for the fact there trying to get more players to do raids

  • burntorangenavyblue

    What’s with the push of marketing how much voice dialogue is in LS3? Why is that a thing? Voice quantity =/= Content quality.

    If I recall, some of HOT and the vanilla game had moments of cutscenes that were unskippable and you wanted to rip your hair out being forced to resit through it. Don’t get me started on NPCs repeating stuff over and over and over and over when you stand 75 feet away from them!

    I’m intigued by the title, maybe a push out of the jungle to the Crystal Desert while the White Mantle make an official presence? Or a new race comes aknocking? Tengue?

    • Devu

      Crystal Desert would be cool. Had a tinfoil hat theory about Kralk, Snaff and Fractals (since that story is meant to run parallel to the LS3) but we’ll see.

  • Nick Peterson

    New episodes to be released every 2-3 months after that o.o

    • saif khan

      They are stretching out everything they got.

      • nadrian3k

        If it’s a healthy&lengthy episode every 2-3 months it’s a good move…but reality always beats theory. We will have to wait and see.

  • RKC

    Thanks the gods that it will be 2-3 months per episodes instead of every 2 weeks. It was a hassle trying to get it done in the 2 weeks (otherwise you’re left in the dust if you’re behind for too long) especially for those whose don’t played it all the time (school, work etc)!!

  • Alot

    But our forces were met with violence? YOU CARPET BOMBED AN INHABITET JUNGLE WITHOUT LINE OF SIGHT OF AN ENEMY.

    But I digress.

    What this appears to be is a 2 minute spoiler, ruining every single dramatic moment throughout HoT without context, followed by 5 seconds of sneak. Anet, as usual, outdoes itself -.-

    • Knight_ldr

      Well, yeah, the target *WAS* the jungle itself in this case XD

      • Alot

        We probably killed more tree frog people then the Mordrem did – and that’s before we dropped the explosive filled wreckages down upon them -.-

        • Knight_ldr

          I’m sure they had it coming… And hey, who doesn’t like fried frog legs anyway?

        • Bring back the Marionette boss

          Wish we bombed some pocket raptors instead. Those little devils are responsible for more deaths than Mordremoth himself.

          • Alot

            The pocket variety are probably the result of radioactive fallout from the pact wreckages.

    • nadrian3k

      The jungle was the enemy basically 😀 so hit anything hit the enemy…

      …. MURICA!

  • Ardenwolfe

    About time.

  • HadesClutch

    2-3 months though? So not the typical bi-weekly updates we are used to?

    • Archi

      No, they announced a while back that they wouldn’t be doing the biweekly stuff anymore because they felt it forced them to rush content that wasn’t ready and they were not always happy with the results

  • Cloudz

    These must be pretty large stories for it to require 2-3 months of creation. I’ll hold my breath, but jeez that’s a long time.

  • Thetruthisntalwayspopular

    If it’s only going to be 2/3 months hope they launch a new map as large as silverwastes.

    • Bring back the Marionette boss

      I hope they make more maps like Dry Top and not just prolonged giant zerg fests like all the HoT maps.

      • Thetruthisntalwayspopular

        But we can do without all the drytop jumping.

  • Diggity

    Not a fan of bundled releases. Do I try the new features or do I play the new story? LW should be released separate. Reminds me of the time they released SAB and Ascended weapons in the same update and no one played SAB because everyone was farming and crafting ascended weps.

  • Colosso

    I will start saving my Laurels and my T6. Any other suggestion to prepare myself for the next LW ?

  • Damonwex

    K got it log back in 2 weeks.

  • \///

    Yet still no sale on HoT? :/

  • Constellations

    The only question left for me: will these episodes last roughly an hour, like Season 2 episodes did? And by an hour I mean one hour of content, not half hour content, one week of grind to have an item you need for the story, other half hour with episode ending.

    With 2-3 months between relases, knowing we used to get 1 hour stories every 2 weeks, I expect at least 4 hours of new story (including gameplay in instance and videos too) episodes, that roughly equals to 2 months in the old delivery schedule. So 4 hours for every 2-3 months is a fair expectation I’d say. An expectation that ArenaNet will undoubtedly fail to meet, because they always do.

    • Guest

      I highly expect it to be the same amount of the previous season with the new 2-3 months release circle

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