ArenaNet: If you hate traditional MMOs you should really check out Guild Wars 2

It's been a few months since ArenaNet's Mike O'Brien laid out the design manifesto for Guild Wars 2. It was hard not to get excited by O'Brien as he talked up ArenaNet's grand plans for the first proper Guild Wars sequel.“Guild Wars 2 is the perfect game for Guild Wars players, but it’s not just the same game repeated again. We took this opportunity to question everything,” said O’Brien before going into detailed descriptions about how Guild Wars 2 is going to be the best thing ever. Today, ArenaNet released a video companion piece with footage to showcase the ideas first laid out in the manifesto – and it looks great.

As longtime MMO fans, O’Brien’s manifesto for Guild Wars 2’s design and the video below really speaks to the complaints we’ve had with so many other MMO titles (including the original Guild Wars), which makes us more optimistic than ever for the upcoming sequel. Whether you’re Guild Wars fan or not, we recommend checking out the entire manifesto on the official ArenaNet blog if you missed it. At the very least, you can check out the slightly prettier and shorter video version, which sums up the Guild Wars 2 development team’s goals for the sequel below.

Above: Guild Wars 2 keeps looking better. Check out some of the awesome environments

Aug 10, 2010


  • alexcook - August 11, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    @DeadGirls, are you talking about the tiger-looking Charr or the Asurans, which are the small things with big ears? the Asurans are actually some of the coolest characters in the first Guild Wars. A lot of the main Asuran characters were egomaniacal, sardonic little buggers. They're not your 'Awww cute' type of furry (that and they're not actually furry). One of them reminds me a lot of HK-47 from KotOR. The Charr are pretty much vicious warmongers.
  • DeadGirls - August 11, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Everything looks cool except for those little fucking furries. I don't want to play in a game world where lame shit like that exists.
  • StoneDreadnaught - August 11, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    I got goosebumps not once, but TWICE, when I saw that huge dragon descend from the sky. This is now in my 'Games To Watch' list.
  • Spybreak8 - August 11, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    Holy shit! I mean I loved Guild Wars before but that video, it brought tears to my eyes! I love that they're going back to the drawing board and experimenting with a lot of things. Wonder if any other company would do that with such an acclaimed first game.
  • Sandvich - August 11, 2010 1:08 p.m.

    is that charr holding a gun?!?
  • R3DRUN - August 11, 2010 10:56 a.m.

    Makes me want to go back to gaming on a PC again.
  • bigmonsterguy - August 11, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    I was an avid player of GW1, completing all campaigns, however, hopefully some of the tedium introduced by quests ( kill monster X, collect item Y) will be removed. Something that killed the game was the fact that the AreaNet team were focused on GW2, not realising that the areas, that were usually so crammed with people that my high-spec computer lagged, became empty, with only the occasional set of people. But here's hopes for GW2!
  • farsided - August 11, 2010 9:16 a.m.

    this is one of the few games I really care about. This and probably Dragon Age 2
  • michaelkaramas - August 11, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    btw the req will be medium for the time it comes out. don't expect an aion here...they upgraded it to be sure but a 2009 pc should be more than enough
  • tuomotaivainen - August 11, 2010 6:48 a.m.

    I hate to say it but if they're essentially branching out the gameplay of Guild Wars1 especially with the PvE stuff they're going to have no choice but to keep the Instanced zones outside of set "sanctuaries." That just makes the game feel like a glorified single player RPG with Co-op mode. Great concept in RPG standards, not so great for applying to MMOs. Granted if they make this work all the power to them!
  • NanoElite666 - August 11, 2010 5:01 a.m.

    This game CANNOT come out soon enough.
  • NastyRobotHickey - August 11, 2010 4:43 a.m.

    I is interested, interested indeed. Music and presentation in this video is done rather well.
  • Fortunate34 - August 11, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    For once, I am interested in an MMO. :)
  • samcommie - August 11, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    This looks awesome. Too bad I will not be playing due to my average PC (made in 2009, not even that terrible of a PC, yet I still know this wont be possible without some OCD self-built frankenstein of a computer which I have not the knowledge or the money to create).
  • FriendlyFire - August 11, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    I am blown away.
  • Mamudo - August 11, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    It looks great I hope it delivers.

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