While the GuildWars 2: Heart of Thorns expansion announcement today at PAX Whatever didn’t feel as nearly per-ordained as the one about BioWare making a Star Wars MMO a few years back, the surprise factor on the whole thing was pretty limited. You only had to look at the NCsoft financials to come up with the idea that more boxes for sale was in the cards. (Also, analyst hints.)
(Financials image borrowed from MMO Fallout. I added the captions.)
Still, if I were invested in GuildWars 2, I would be excited.
Expansion are a time of change and anticipation and speculation and worry and excitement. I expect that this will drive a flurry of blogging from now through the expansion launch.
Did we get a date on the launch? More speculation!
ArenaNet has a whole page on their site about the expansion and has, if I read some other posts correctly, promised not to make every single item currently available in the game completely worthless through the usual mechanic of expansion gear inflation.
There is even a trailer up on YouTube.
Anyway, that will be an item checked off my list of 2015 predictions… if they ship it this year.
First round of blog posts about the expansion: