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Just days after the official launch of Guild Wars 2 and already there is some drama. A supposed typo on one of the game’s vendors caused a weapon to become available for a fraction of it’s cost, a bug that thousands of players took advantage of and exploited to such a degree that ArenaNet had to step in and lay down the banhammer. Taking to the Guild Wars 2 subreddit, ArenaNet reps explained that players who only obtained a small amount of these weapons would be receiving minor infractions, 72 hour bans. However, for those players who purchased in the degree of hundreds upon thousands of weapons, they would be permanently banned from the game.
While opinions have been heated, it’s hard to feel sorry for any player who obviously exploits a major pricing flaw. However, ArenaNet is looking to give those players a second chance. For one time only, players who were permanently banned how have the opportunity to redeem themselves.
If the player visits support.guildwars.com and files a ticket through the “Ask a Question” tab, they will be able to get their ban reduced to a 72-hour suspension - with a few stipultaions. First, the ticket must be filed with the title “Karma Weapons Exploit Appeal”. Secondly, the player must agree in the body of the ticket that they will delete and items and currency that were gained through the exploit. Once the ticket has been submitted, the team will reduce the ban to 72 hours and give the player the chance to delete said items. Failure to delete the items and currency (and they will check) will result in a re-banning of the account.
ArenaNet’s aggressive stance against exploiting is impressive and should be admired, and the fact that they are offering a second chance for many of these players who obviously and deliberately exploited the game shows that they’re willing to let this be a warning shot. However, players should not expect any mercy should another exploit be detected - or abused - in the future.
The Asura and nature-fanatics known as the Sylvari will be a playable race in the upcoming beta weekend on July 20th through the 22nd. I’m sure the servers will be flooded with little asurans. If you haven’t gotten in the beta already, the playable races have been limited to the human, charr and norn.
Essentially the Sylvari are global warming enthusiasts if you think about it. They live in a Grove or a forest rather and from a book I read, apparently they ponder death because they find it “interesting”. If you like pondering death, enjoy hugging trees, living in a grove and eating like a vegetarian this race is definitely for you. Me? I think I will just stick with the small but brilliant, Asura.
The Asura race is much like the gnomes you’ll find in World of Warcraft. Small, but brilliant and high tech. They also seem to create Golems to do all their heavy lifting for them, which is awesome.
You’ll be able to play these characters up to level 20.
A new Guild-Conquest PVP map will also be added for the beta weekend.
Blizzard’s has always done an outstanding job on their opening cinematic for World of Warcraft and its expansions, the Wrath of the Lich King one was a personal favorite of mine. You may have been wondering when we will see the Mists of Pandaria cinematic, though. Blizzard will be debuting the cinematic at the largest convention of the year, Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. Gamescom takes place August 15th through the 19th. Blizzard will debut their cinematic on the 16th, the first public day of Gamescom.
Not only that, but this year they will be showcasing most of their new games at Gamescom. Diablo 3, Mists of Pandaria and Heart of the Swarm will all be playable this year.
I kind of wonder if Blizzard is feeling pressure from all the Guild Wars 2 excitement. They’re always diplomatic about new games coming out and even claim to be playing them in the Blizzard offices via various twitter feeds, but they seem to be trying to push this expansion out very quickly. They’ve even said they want to get one expansion out per year, which to me feels like they’re compromising quality.
Are you excited for the Mists of Pandaria Cinematic debut?
After many years of waiting, Guild Wars 2 is finally on it’s way to release. Mike O’Brien, the CEO of ArenaNet told us in a blog post that Guild Wars 2 will launch on Tuesday, August 28th.
“This is an incredibly momentous day for the studio and for me personally. This journey began in 2007 when we first announced that we were beginning work on Guild Wars 2 and that you wouldn’t be hearing from us for a while. Then in 2010 we unveiled our manifesto for Guild Wars 2: a living breathing online world that challenges convention, that’s designed for fun instead of grind, and that brings social interaction to a new level in an online world.”
“Through all the long hours and hard decisions, we were bolstered by the knowledge that we were not in this alone. All along you’ve been there for us, cheering us on, supporting us when we needed it, testing early versions of the game, and above all, giving us your honest feedback every step of the way. Guild Wars 2 is a better game for all of the work that our community has put in.”
“Now that we’re just two months away from launch, we’ll spend our remaining time optimizing, polishing, and balancing the game, to ensure that we provide you with the best launch-day experience we possibly can.”
“To this end, I’m excited to announce that our next and final Beta Weekend Event is planned for July 20-22,” Mike O’Brien says.
For some people, I’m sure the two weeks notice into work has already been put in, but now that they’ve announced the release date, what race and class are you looking forward to playing? Are you even looking forward to the game?