GW2 Expansion 2 Announcement Livestream Coverage

GW2 Path of Fire Expansion Announcement Livestream coverage and recap.

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General Info

Important Info

  • Expansion name is Path of Fire
  • Release Date is Sept 22
  • First preview weekend is Aug 11-13 and open to everyone.

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General Info

Expansion Trailer

  • New expansion starts right where we left out in LWS3, tracking Balthazar as he hunts an Elder Dragon. Venture into Crystal Desert for the first time since GW1. This is the same desert where Glint lived and where humans went to commune with their gods. It has been cut off from the outside world for 250 years and now it is time to return.
  • Path of Fire contain five new open world zones. They are the huge, the largest we have ever showed and because there is so much land to cover, this is the perfect time to introduce mounts. The raptor, the springer, the skimmer, and the jackal. Each mount has its own unique movement ability and you can use them to explore every nook and cranny of the desert.
  • We are also introducing 9 new elite specializations.

Path of Fire Maps

  • Iconic locations and landmarks that are very recognizable to players who played GW1 but we are building the story/lore in such a way that if you are not there from the very beginning, it is absolutely fine.
  • There is a crisis going on in Elonia. Path of Fire starts with Balthazar wrecking havoc in the desert. Human players have been worshipping Balthazar since GW1 but then he shows up with his own agenda.
  • Palawa Joko has also risen into power and bought with him an army of undead and civilians there believe him to the rightful ruler.
  • Volatile mix of different factions in the region.
    • Forged, Balthazar’s army. Living armor created that only serve Balthazar. Ruthless and dedicated to serve.
    • Awakened, undead forces with some memories that serve Palawa Joko and do anything for their master.
    • Branded that serve Kralkatorrik. Mindless elementals stripped of their original selves by Kralkatorrik’s power.
  • Players need form a new coalition in the desert. You will meet old friends and new.
  • We are bringing exploration back to the forefront of GW2. It is not just one big plat desert. It is different biomes coming together. Maps go tall, go wide, under and around in places. There are elements that make each map unique and also tie each map together.
  • We now have bounties for players to hunt down dangerous creatures, world bosses, and mount races.
  • New guild hall – Windswept Haven

Mounts

  • Mounts being introduced for the first time to GW2. Each mount has its own movement ability and can get to places other mounts can’t get to.
  • Mounts are designed to be companions that help you traverse the world and help you get across puzzles in ways we havn’t thought of before.
  • Mounts are tied to the Mastery system.
  • Each mount has one combat skill to aid players in combat. Raptor has a tailspin for example that pull enemies together and is good for starting off big fights.
  • Mounts will be useful in zones outside Path of Fire maps as well.

Raptor

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  • Raptor is the first mount players have access to and as an enormous leap that allow it to jump over canyons and over roofs. This can be reached to reach areas that are otherwise off limits.
  • Raptors are hardy and swift, and surprisingly easy to train due to their intelligence. They can cross great distances in a single leap, making them the favored mount of many of the desert’s denizens. Travelers are advised not to leave the city of Amnoon without obtaining a raptor companion.

Springer

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  • Next mount player can encounter is the Springer. It is a mutant bunny/jackalope. It has a charged up jump where the longer you charge up, the higher you will jump. It can be used to gain access to high places.
  • Their long ears and wiggly noses are charming, but the springer’s greatest strength is their ability to make jaw-dropping vertical leaps. Traveling merchants and couriers use them to cross sheer cliffs in the Crystal Highlands, shaving weeks off their journeys.

Skimmer

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  • Skimmer are manta like creature wings and a strange mystical vibe. It always hover over the ground and can hover over things like water.
  • Skimmers are graceful creatures native to the Elon River. They live above water, breathing through large air sacs as they float above the surface. While they cannot truly fly, they can hover for short distances at a height of several norn, making them indispensable for crossing large areas of treacherous quicksand or sulfur.

Jackal

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  • Jackal can blink forward for a short distance and can change distance mid air. This allow it to have more precise movements for jumping puzzles.
  • Jackals are elusive, magical creatures formed of shifting sands and given shape by magical runes. They can dissipate into sand to teleport short distances and dash through sand portals. The djinn of the Desolation create and tame them; prove yourself a worthy trainer, and you may befriend one.

Elite Specializations

Guardian – Firebrand

  • Specialize in burning enemies and conjuring tomes to aid allies. They are a book nerd gone mad. Got access to all these secret tomes that give them access to skills really quickly. Giving up instant support in favor of casted support. You will have a lot more focused support available to you.
  • Uses axe as a mainhand weapon.
  • Use Mantras to charge spell for instant use and wield an axes to cleave their foes at short range.
  • Virtues are replaced by conjured tomes of lore. These tomes act as weapons to rebuke enemies and protect allies.

Necromancer – Scourge

  • They reject Palawa Joko and finding an alternative approach to necromancy. Giving up Death Shroud and give his life force to the earth to protect allies. Get a lot more battlefield control and movement options that the regular necro does not have.
  • Uses torch as an offhand weapon.
  • Can raise sand shades which shield their allies and torment their foes.
  • Their punishment skills turn enemy strengths into weakness, granting boons and protective barriers to allies.
  • Wield torches to burn and corrupt the ground underneath their enemies.

Thief – Deadeye

  • Uses rifle to get more ranged, allow them to tackle problems from a certain distance. Form a contract to take out particular individuals and execute that. They are mercenaries, assassins, trained hunters.
  • Uses Rifle
  • Uses rifle to snipe at long range, marking targets to harass them with harmful effects.
  • Mastery of shadow magic allow them to cast cantrips which gain bonuses against marked targets or as their malice increases.

Mesmer – Mirage

  • Deceptive combatant at close melee. Camouflage into their surroundings and attack you from all sides. New dodge mechanic, blur effect, that allow attacks to pass through them rather than moving themselves.
  • Uses axe as a mainhand weapon.
  • Uses whirling axe attacks to fight at close and mid range. Their deception skills create fragile constructs which shatter when touched, creating mirage cloaks to avoid enemy attacks instead of dodging away from them.

Warrior – Spellbreaker

  • A warrior that specialize in fighting magic users. These warriors are members of the Sunspear order, chosen guardians of Elonia. They picked up stopping powerful wizards because that is the best way to protect people. Wield daggers and able to cut magic off their foes. They have incredibly powerful retaliatory abilities. Have the ability to stop skills and cut enemy boons. You don’t challenge your enemies where they are weak, you challenge them where they are strong and make them bow down.
  • Uses dagger/dagger in both hands.
  • Able to use their adrenaline to perform a full counter, absorbing the next attack against them and damaging surrounding foes.

Elementalist – Weaver

  • Able to wield multiple attainments at once. Elementalists usually cycle through their magic one after the other but the weaver is combining them and create elements out of the two. Two fire skills, two water skills and a fifth skill that is a fire and water skill
  • Uses mainhand sword.
  • Uses dual attunement. Cycle elements from hand to hand, combining them in their central skill. This skill changes depending on their elemental attunement and choice of weapon

Ranger – Soulbeast

  • Allow ranger to combine their spirits with their pet. They become their pet, take on the essence of these animals and tear through opponents.
  • Uses dagger as mainhand weapon.
  • New ranger pets in Elonia as well.
  • When the Soulbeast merges with its pet, they gain its unique abilities as well the abilities of its archetype. They may not always fight side by side with their pets but they are never truly alone.

Revenant – Renegade

  • New legend you can channel. This new legend is Kalla Scorchrazor. This new legend bestow players with her rebellious spirt that she used to overthrow the flame legion. This manifests as the ability to ambush opponents as you can summon members of her charr warband to bolster your allies and fire arrows into the portal into the mist that come out of a different portal behind the enemy.
  • Uses short bow

Engineer – Holosmith

  • Bending light to become your weapon. Has an interesting multi weapon playstyle. You have attacks where you pull out a holographic hammer to whack the enemy and then switch to holographic guns. In the process, you build up heat with themselves and if they stay too much in that mode they can explode.
  • Uses mainhand sword.
  • In their photonforge mode, they gain access to powerful new skills. Each skill generate heat, which can damage themselves. Their utility skills take advantage of this, gaining greater power as their heat level exceeds a threshold.
  • Rafael Melgaco Braga

    no new class? no new race? gg

    • Calixtus

      9 new classes in reality.

    • Taiwan Wolf

      don’t need’em. Just need awesome elite specs and combat tonics

    • Suan

      We knew about no new race a no new class for months. So congratulations on waking up.

    • Porgan

      New race? Come on, they would have to add a new hub area + starting story not to mention armor adjustments etc. Their one and only intern couldn’t possibly handle all that by himself.

      • Kuma

        yeh i really feel sorry for that guy, having to fix stuff and making coffee for the few peaps who didnt leave for amazon games. still, i think they could work out a new race by going the lazy way. Adding Tengu, which already have a base model, adjust the charr armor models to fit the smaller size of the tengu, the body shape is almost the same; big shoulders small legs, and give them either caledon forest as an starting area or make them start with a raised level, like other MMOs handle that shit

    • Kuma

      why would you even want a new class when elite specs are supposed to do that. There would be no good class design that couldnt be shipped as an elite spec

      • Rafael Melgaco Braga

        Because elite is only a new weapon with your old class. Its not a new fantasy, not a new classe realy like was a revenant
        (sry for my bad english)

        • Rafael is nitpicking

          I would much rather have 9 new ways of playing different classes than have one new class.

          • Alicii in Wonderland

            Yes, I don’t understand what people have with that new race or new profession. I think this is great idea with elite specs. Everyone gets something new something different.I’m sooooo excited.

            • Triceratrozer

              I just want a damn Tengu.

              I’m sick of Charr, admittedly.

              • Kuma

                yeh, tengu could really get more love from anet. im waiting to play a tengu since they announced, that gw2 will allow to play other races than human. Fuck cabage people, i wanna play giant chickchicks.

        • Kuma

          yeh but the elite specs are supposed to make the class feel like playing something completly different, with new mechanics. yes, they kinda fucked up and not every elite spec gave that class this new feeling but some did, like the druid feels completly different with celestial form or how chronomancer pushed the mesmer from support dps to tank. But thats why there will be new elite specs. They wont make the new ones just “btter then the old one” but give the classes a new role in combat. The warrior might become more than just a Might Dispenser, but a bursty AoE bomber with some boon control. TheThief gets a longranged weapon put into his hands and switches from suicidal backstabber to main ranged damage dealer with tools to escape instead of evade through every attack. So if Anet does everything right, we will now get elite specs which change almost everything. If they fuck up, shame on them beucase this system holds alot of potential

      • wQnxy

        dervish and imbagon looks awesome as “a new” concept, but whatever 😀

        • Kuma

          man im fucking late with replieng to you sry. well i think a derwish would be in fact awesome, but you could work it out as an elite spec for either revenent, who is more or less a mystic dervish in heavy armor, mesmer spec who already has most of the boon controll but might be unfitting in style and the warrior who lacks the cool stuff right now. And Imbagon is pretty much a warrior or guardian right now, just not imba anymore, which is good.

  • Rafael Melgaco Braga

    it’s so sad… i like this game so much but we need new races or lv cap no only new expecializations (weapons)

  • Harold Jackson

    Most of the new elite specializations…..MEH.

  • Tomas X

    So Engi dont get any new weapon?

    • Ares Zax

      Apparently it’s Sword. Mesmer gets Axe, Revenant gets Longbow.

      • Tomas X

        Could not hear the actual “they get sword” in the video. Hope we do.. Bought myself a plasma sword skin I´m hoping to use

        • Ares Zax

          They didn’t mention it in the video itself, but back when all the new specs were leaked a couple months back, it was said that Holosmith gets Sword. The leak was practically spot on for all of the other elite specs/weapons, so it’s probably true.

        • Mike Kelly

          They mention it in the youtube clip (all the elite spec clips are a little longer and more detailed):

      • wQnxy

        edt. nvm, its sword =]

      • Suan

        Rev gets shortbow.

    • Mikey Moo

      they forgot to mention it for a few of the classes, but they are all getting a new weapon.

  • nadrian3k

    Does the rev have a short or longbow? They didn’t say.

    Also new raids? (hope not)
    New cool skins?

    All in all a very good presentation and this time around this looks like an actual expansion..not an overpriced patch.

    • Hoogles

      Short now I’m fairly certain. That said I got my info from a leak a while back, but the info was fairly accurate to the presentation

  • Alicii in Wonderland

    I’m really impressed. Presentation is spot on. No more horrible teasers and months in waiting. Just everything is said and done. And the vibes from new maps is so gw1 however I didn’t even played it xD new elites gone be so much fun. And I just love have they introduced them. Omg I’m so hyped. Gonna go prepurchase it now xD

    • Triceratrozer

      I’m saving my money for until I know I can keep using one of the other elites along with it.

      Like I want a guardian with an axe and shield, but also a longbow. Having to choose would be mega-blow since one was put in to solve a problem.

      And the only way I wanna use an axe with a mesmer is if I can also have a shield.

      Or ele with a sword and warhorn, and not feel stupid wielding either.

      So I dunno if this is for me yet.

  • kazerniel

    I lol’d at “Braindead”. Branded, you mean?

    • Taiwan Wolf

      Maybe she wrote it using speech to text.

    • Yeah it was Branded, the wait the guy said it I thought it was Braindead but upon a second watch I realized it was Branded lol

  • meonthissite

    I’m impressed however there’s real concern for the direction balance will head for the engineer class. It’s already been left behind once in the Heart of Thorns expansion, I hope they fill in the gaps that the traits have now so that they actually make sense for gadgets, explosives, elixirs (potions) again! We’re supposed to accept that the devs want us to be able to mix and match to customize well these older traits need a polishing on the Engi!

    • Suan

      Some people that played a little already say it will be glass canon spec. High risk and high reward.

    • Triceratrozer

      I think they could use polishing on a llllotta other classes, too.

  • Kite

    No new race?

    • Taiwan Wolf

      New human race was added today in advance; Elonan. use a makeover kit to change to it.

      • Triceratrozer

        Whoopee for more humans and not Tengu or something

  • Answerer

    why can’t I watch the twitch stream from the beginning?
    🙁 I wanna watch the whole thing.. but the entire thing’s been cut into 20 videos on youtube…….

    • Suan

      Just go to their twitch channel and watch the VOD.

  • Tora

    no new class, though i admit some of the new specs look very interesting, i have high hopes for the Soulbeast spec. still wishing to play with the Tengu race some day, though considering their “participation” on the Battle for Lions Arch i doubt any of the other races want to form any alliances with them anytime soon

    • wQnxy

      you 9 new classes..

  • Alot

    Looks good. Something which seems to have been glossed over was an unpopular decision with pricing which seems to have been reversed. At the launch of HoT, Anet claimed that buying the latest expansion would include all prior expansions. The reversal of this modal should please a lot of vets.
    Only issue I have with this is I haven’t been able to buy te ultimate edition yet. Keep getting an error on the purchase page.

    • Darkye Rhiadra

      Probably too late to help, but just in case: you can use the in-game Gemstore (home page the big announcement) to buy the expansion. It worked for me. You have to wait up to 72 hours for the gems, but eh, that’s not a major issue I think.

      • Alot

        Still haven’ been able to make a purchase bu that was the method I was trying to use :<

  • wQnxy

    i am 100% sure that story will be even bigger sht than LS3 =[
    *went to re-play nightfall*

    • Raijin

      bb

  • Narottam Zakheim

    I think the new maps look amazing…. really beautiful… loved the scene of the zerg charging around on their mounts…. I also noticed that there were quite a few new armor skins in the preview… so feeling hopeful there…. Im really not sure about the new direction the story is going in…. seems like our fight against elder dragons is being abandoned… maybe kralkatoric will be a surprise for us…. and the whole story arc about aurene seems to be sidelined….. Im not really interested in a story about the gods…. i was expecting each expansion would be a fight against a new elder dragon…. guess well have to see how it goes…. glad palawa joko is in it again…. helped him rise to power in GW1 lol…. maybe he will be a new ally…. considering the story only has temporary impact on the playing experience,,,, i suppose it doesnt matter much…. but i havent been liking the new direction of Living World…. they had a good format with the elder dragons…. i dont see the need to change it up… hope it isnt shit

  • Oh boy. My wallet is already girding itself for this one. I guess the only question is if I want the 4,000 gems as well… I think I’ll wait a day to calm down but I can already see I’m writing off Sept 22nd and the next few days after that… gonna be good. I’m mainly looking forward to the exploration and those mounts, but I’m guessing there’ll be some new stat sets too like the ones from PvP creeping into PvE, like Paladin stats.

    • Bedle

      Yea, my thoughts exactly.
      I bought HoT deluxe edition, but due to RL stuff i havent had chance to play it, almost at all.
      Im not even having capped character for HoT so i missed quite a lot, even 80% of LS s3.

      Those gems would help me catch up, complete seasons and for few extra stuff.
      How i look at it.

      30$ for Normal version – Below basic stuff and just the expansion it self is not worth it.
      50$ for Deluxe – Expansion, Extra slot, Makeover kit, pass into ViP area and Outfit.
      Makeover kit, Extra slot and Outfit kinda nets it around 30$ on gem store, so you get the expnsion for 20$ which sounds more solid.

      BUT, for 80$ for Ultimate pack – 4000 gems which, on EU side worth a bit more than 50e (around 55$) if bought by gem cards, so, but on store they are 50$ so lets keep at that.
      For 80$ you get an 50$ gems, expansion, makeover kit, extra slot, outfit and VIP area.
      Braking the costs like for Deluxe edition, effectively your game cost a bit more than 10$ AND you get 50$ gems to catch up with missed seasons and ingame gold to boost you a bit.

      Sounds solid to me honestly, and ill have a month and a half to pile up 80$ so i wouldnt chunk my income in a way it will hurt me much. Less trash food nights, eating outs and two beers less when im out with mates and by the 22nd Sept that wont hurt me much.

      Besides, by then we will have several “try out” events so.. this time around it looks like they made a solid job in preparing for the exp.

    • Bedle

      Yea, my thoughts exactly.
      I bought HoT deluxe edition, but due to RL stuff i havent had chance to play it, almost at all.
      Im not even having capped character for HoT so i missed quite a lot, even 80% of LS s3.

      Those gems would help me catch up, complete seasons and for few extra stuff.
      How i look at it.

      30$ for Normal version – Below basic stuff and just the expansion it self is not worth it.
      50$ for Deluxe – Expansion, Extra slot, Makeover kit, pass into ViP area and Outfit.
      Makeover kit, Extra slot and Outfit kinda nets it around 25-30$ on gem store, so you get the expansion for 20$ which sounds more solid.

      BUT, for 80$ for Ultimate pack – 4000 gems which, on EU side worth a bit more than 50e (around 55$) if bought by gem cards, so, but on store they are 50$ so lets keep at that.
      For 80$ you get an 50$ gems, expansion, makeover kit, extra slot, outfit and VIP area.
      Braking the costs like for Deluxe edition, effectively your game cost a bit more than 10$, if even that much AND you get 50$ gems to catch up with missed seasons and ingame gold to boost you a bit.

      Sounds solid to me honestly, and ill have a month and a half to pile up 80$ so i wouldnt chunk my income in a way it will hurt me much. Less trash food nights, eating outs and two beers less when im out with mates and by the 22nd Sept that wont hurt me much.

      Besides, by then we will have several “try out” events so.. this time around it looks like they made a solid job in preparing for the exp.

      • Oh nice breakdown. So yeah probably ultimate or bust.

  • RKC

    Ha, Thief finally got the rifle spec that some people like me original expected when they announce the new spec mechanic!

  • guest20151008

    Does anyone know if there will be physical box version of the expac?

    • visher

      No physical box. Source – FAQ of expac.

  • Kevin

    The game is $30. For another $25, you effectively get a character slot and Identity Kit. The Spearmarshal outfit and special Pass are worthless. Altogether worth far less than 2000 gems at most, so in other words, a huge ripoff. Then for another $25 on top of that, you get 4000 gems for 50% off. Something you can purchase with in-game gold. I’d happily spend $100 or more on a great ultimate bundle, but for this I’m spending $30.

    • Henry Chavez

      k m8.

      • Kevin

        You win this time, Henry Chavez.

    • Donald

      Or you can think of it like this. I might use money to buy 4000 gems for $50 but now I get all the extras for free plus the gems and then I add the cost of the game for $30 so a better deal really.

      • Mike Kelly

        Yeah, that’s exactly how I choose to look at it. I use real world money to buy my gems so I can spend my in game gold on in game stuff (like my next legendary).

        I was going to buy some gems anyway, for the Mistlock Sanctuary Passkey, so that sounds like a great deal to me.

        Then again, I don’t consider those items worthless, like I didn’t consider the HoT items worthless.

      • Sv3

        For someone who missed a lot of the episodes, the 4000 gems will allow me to catch up on the stories.

  • Ardenwolfe

    Interesting, but I want to test this first before I decide.

    • nadrian3k

      Or just don’t buy it for ~1 month and read reviews comments.

      • Ardenwolfe

        It makes more sense to actually play it during the test weekend. I trust my opinion and experience more than some strangers’ random opinion.

        • nadrian3k

          Depends how much they show in that test weekend, and if it’s enough to understand the magnitude of the expansion. Some things take time to fully test out and see if it’s worth at the end when u draw a line.

          I don’t think anyone would have predicted in 1 weekend of limited play (if there was one) if HoT was good or bad.

  • Trillium

    MAX HYPE!

  • OnlyHazeRemains

    Mounts in Guild Wars 2.

    World of Charrcraft

    Its official now…

    • Triceratrozer

      Well, that’d include vicious wanking over Illidan, flying mounts and needing to relevel every expansion.

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