Gamescom 2011: Guild Wars 2 trailer is the most epic thing since forever

You might have managed to keep Guild Wars 2 off your radar so far, but if you watch this video there’s a really good chance you’re going to be sold. Like, completely, totally, “take all my money I don’t need it anymore” sold. At GamesCom, AreaNet released a five-minute long trailer for their upcoming MMORPG, and it’s just about the most epic thing you’ll see all day. It’s jam-packed with everything MMO fans love: large battles, unique characters, beautiful settings, wonderful music, and a giant freaking dragon. Oh, and enough slow-motion fighting to make even the most jaded MMO fans weak in the knees.  Seriously. Give it a go.


The bad news: there’s still no release date announced. We were crossing our fingers that we might find out the official date at Gamescom, but, just as is the case with BioWare’s The Old Republic, the developer still isn’t ready to let us know when we’ll be able to get our hands on their game. In the meantime, we’ll just watch this trailer over and over again, hoping that, one time, the ending will suddenly change and “NOVEMBER SOMETHINGTH 2011” will flash on the screen.  We can dream, can’t we?

Aug 17, 2011




  • PewPewK - August 20, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    @ALinkToTheZack We know quite a bit! As in, there are many hours worth of actual gameplay footage out there. I suggest you take a look! But no, it's not even close to a pseudo-real time action RPG game. This video was taken just a few days ago and is footage from the latest build of the game. It includes the Charr starting experience and some higher level Asura combat.
  • Spybreak8 - August 19, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Oh my g... [sorry this user has had a seizure]
  • ALinkToTheZack - August 19, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    What do we know about the combat so far? I thought I heard it was pseudo-real time. Similar to an action RPG. Is that true?
  • IceHawk79 - August 18, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    @McSpermie- Thanks. I just wanted to make sure there wasnt a monthly fee. :) I know about paying to get the game hehe.
  • Xifihas - August 18, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    The more over the top a trailer for a serious game is, the more I want to avoid it.
  • ChrisCultista - August 18, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    An MMO with actual gameplay in the trailer?! HOLY SHIT! It is magnificent.
  • tocsin201 - August 18, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    @ObliqueZombie 1. There are 19 weapons types in the game, with various skins and stats. 3 of them are for underwater use. 6 locations to wear armor, again various skins and stats. 2. Lvl. cap is 80. Though skill still trumps lvl. 3. There are five races each with at least 3 factions/ psudo-factions then there are 3 or 4 multi cultural factions. 4. The human gods have taken a step back from their usual medeling, the elder dragons have awoken and are destroying everything. It's up to you to reforge the guild Destiny's Edge and follow them into battle. More lore at the website and or the wiki. 5. Each race will have it's own starting area and quests. Depending on the choices you make in creation and in game will change those quests even further. With at least 7,074 possible unique characters and stories. That number excludes gender. 6. There are 8 dungeons with a story mode and a raid mode. In the raid mode there can and will be alternating paths and random events durring the raid. This is just on initial release. 7. If you build it, they will come.
  • NanoElite666 - August 18, 2011 6:06 a.m.

    Time to start saving so I can build a rig to play this on by the time it launches!
  • FVHound - August 18, 2011 5:59 a.m.

    I think personally the best mmo ever made (or yet to be made) would have to be one with not only a large range of spells, but did more than just attack damage, increase defense, area attack, all that, Like spells to manipulate the enviroment, or raise terrain or lower terrain, so it doesn't directly damage enemies or help combat, but indirectly it does.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 18, 2011 4:09 a.m.

    I'm not gonna lie, the artists and animators seem to know exactly what they're doing. And the combat looked magnificent. But I'm just going to have to know more about the game before I tear myself away from World of Warcraft (which I recently started playing, so I'm extremely behind), or even THINK about turning away from SWTOR. Like: 1. How many weapons/armours are they going to put into the game? 2. What's the level cap? 3. Are there any "factions?" 4. What's the storyline consist of? 5. Does each race have its own starting area and/or quests? 6. How many dungeons/raids/PvP types are they going to have? 7. Will anyone ever fucking run that thing on the ultra settings? They can spruce up the trailers all they want, and they can make the game look as beautiful as ever, but if it doesn't have the content or lore to show up for it, I won't even glance at it. I won't go through another Rift episode.
  • ALinkToTheZack - August 18, 2011 3:20 a.m.

    Asura Guardian!!!!111!!!!!1!!!!one I can't wait to have a little dude wielding a giant axe.
  • mockraven - August 18, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    I'm so excited and was that Sorrow's Furnace (location from the first game) in there? I can't wait! Gimme a character creator so I can at least plan my future characters!
  • Yeager1122 - August 18, 2011 1:33 a.m.

  • McSpermie - August 18, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    Yeah my mistake, for some reason I started thinking about EVE lol. Expansions will most likely not be free. Sorry for the confusion.
  • festafreak - August 17, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    That's a long video! Expansions may not be free guys. GW1 expansions weren't. I still may give this game a try.
  • Evanesco - August 17, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    Sure wish my computer could run this.
  • Robot3 - August 17, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    Ahhh.... It's glorious. Too bad we're stuck with "when it's ready" for the release date.
  • Ichthus5 - August 17, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    This is the game I've been waiting my whole life to play...
  • McSpermie - August 17, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    @IceHawk79 You pay an initial fee like any game (It will most likely be $60) then all expansions are free and there is no monthly fee.
  • TheRandomFool - August 17, 2011 11:10 p.m.


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