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Posted: Jun 8th 2009 7:39PM (Unverified) said

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YES! any GW2 news is GOOD NEWS even lame concept art that looks nothing like this when it gets to game... GW2, maybe not vapour-ware!

Posted: Jun 9th 2009 8:41AM Tom in VA said

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As to whether GW has gone "futuristic", I think Jarin raises an intriguing point. It might be kind of fun if the setting for GW2 (assuming the game ever gets made) transitions from a classic premodern fantasy setting to a futuristic fantasy/sci-fi setting, blending magic with science and technology (the Asurans, remember) in a brand new way. Golems, for example, would look a whole lot more "high-tech" after 250 years of refinement.

Now, *that* really does sound kind of cool -- a sci-fi/fantasy MMO -- and might also explain NCSoft's total silence about GW2.
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Posted: Jun 9th 2009 8:43AM Tom in VA said

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Gah, Massively's mysterious reply system strikes again.

I was replying to HexDSL's post BELOW this one. :(
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Posted: Jun 8th 2009 8:12PM (Unverified) said

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Ummm... that "Construction Site" image is a little too... I don't know, modern? I can even see some kind of urban city not faraway in the back. I highly doubt we'll be in such place in GW2

...I think Anet should've picked images more carefully when they want to make people believe the game is not vaporware...

Posted: Jun 8th 2009 8:33PM (Unverified) said

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actually now you mention it i can see a city in the distance (bottom right) and it looks very sky scraper-like, not very GW at all.... god damn it, id this game EVER going to happen???
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Posted: Jun 8th 2009 11:22PM (Unverified) said

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I think you're forgetting that the United States went from log cabins to sky scrapers in under 250 years. Seems likely to me.
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Posted: Jun 8th 2009 8:38PM TheJackman said

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Look a lot like the lich king on the pic 2 and 3 look like his mount ;) Anyway this art work does not really do anything to make me believe that this game is even in production....

Posted: Jun 8th 2009 8:39PM AlamoeJones said

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So, it's going to, what, be in space?

Posted: Jun 8th 2009 9:50PM Cendres said

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This concept makes no sense. There's two images on Into The Pixel that I could see as GW2 art but this one here I won't be surprised if we find out later it's not supposed to be GW2.

Unless, GW2 is set wayyyyy far more into the future then we thought, or this another planet, or dimension or.... :p

Posted: Jun 8th 2009 10:43PM (Unverified) said

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Meh, they'll likely make some of the things in this look less futuristic, like they did with golems, by changing their material to stone. I was very impressed by the Asura's magical tech in EotN, because it looked like they had taken organic materials and made them function like high tech stuff. Not too futuristic looking, but the same effect.

Posted: Jun 8th 2009 10:56PM (Unverified) said

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Why are people crying vaporware? I only first heard of the game a year or so ago, that's nowhere near enough time to build the game engine let alone have anything for us to actually see.

Posted: Jun 9th 2009 12:05AM Myria said

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GW2 was originally announced in March of 2007, a bit over two years ago, though GW players had been aware of it (as well as the end of new GW content past GW:EN) for some time. Beta testing was originally announced to start in 2008, leaving everyone with the impression that it was fairly far along in development. That impression turned out to be false, as beta has since been pushed out to 2010-11, well into the "we have no clue so we'll toss a tba date out". To date no one has seen much of squat from or really about the game past the original announcement, basically the concept art (discussed on Guru some days ago) is about it. Add in some fake videos, a skittish player base hoping against hope that the promises surrounding their halls of monuments will actually pan out, and both Anet's and NCSoft's somewhat tarnished reputations, and whispers of 'vaporware' were all but inevitable.

Personally I'll be very, very, very surprised if GW2 ever sees the light of day, but stranger things have happened and until or unless Anet decides to start talking I shan't lose any sleep over it.
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Posted: Jun 9th 2009 8:31AM Tom in VA said

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Well said, Myria.

I loved Guild Wars but have been extremely disappointed by the lack of information and (apparent) lack of progress on GW2. I have ascribed this various things, mainly that I think NCSoft wants to keep the focus on Aion and so is keeping almost totally mum about GW2.

These GW2 concept art images (if that is what they really are) represent some major scraping for a few pictorial crumbs about GW2. It's kinda pathetic, really.

STO and TOR have replaced GW2 on my "most anticipated games" list, mainly because I just hate the way NCSoft has kept GW players and fans in the dark about GW2. At least I can be reasonably certain that STO and TPR are actually going to be released.

NCSoft's handling of GW2 (assuming the game ever sees the light of day) been a major fail, imho. In that context, terms like "vaporware" being applied to this game are pretty understandable.
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Posted: Jun 8th 2009 11:11PM arnavdesai said

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Also, another factor to consider is that when they started making the game, they were going only for Dx9. However, I am not sure when but they decided to go Dx10 as well for Vista PCs. I so want this game but am glad they have the money and inclination to do it so that we get a good product especially considering the radical changes they are doing(why? god why? are they increasing the XP cap!) Anet has a good pedigree especially in the art department. Also, we must remember that Daniel Dociu whose image it is(above) is the Art Director but not for GW2.

Posted: Jun 9th 2009 5:40AM Minofan said

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Huh; if Regina hadn't confirmed there's no way I'd have taken that for GW2 art.

Reminds me of the Canthan 'box city' though, if someone with fancy equipment tore it down and started building something out of the junk.

As confirmed GW2 info... I like it - seemed a little odd to progress 250 years only for a high fantasy world to still be a high fantasy world, so pseudo-modern and eras inbetween the two will spice things up.

Posted: Jun 9th 2009 8:01AM (Unverified) said

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Looks like the Factions concept art. Kudos to ArenaNet if they can get the game looking anywhere close to this. Or if GW2 comes out before the end of the decade.

Posted: Jun 9th 2009 9:16AM Thac0 said

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Thanks massively! Now we can only hope that GW2 wont be vaporware!

Posted: Jun 9th 2009 10:19AM (Unverified) said

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Easily the best artwork for any game I've ever seen. Simply stunning. A bit saddening though is that it's pretty much impossible to make the real game look that good.

Posted: Jun 9th 2009 1:33PM (Unverified) said

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We've known Blizzard has another MMO in the works for a while now(2 or 3 years) and no one is screaming vaporware about it. I am kinda surprised that they would bother making a GW2, when they could just keep shoveling out expansions for the original.

Posted: Jun 10th 2009 2:59AM (Unverified) said

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It's simple; there's no reason to cry "vaporware" about an unannounced game. GW2 was announced long time ago.

And in the case of Blizzard, we all know quite well how they suspend the development of their games, announced or otherwise, as they see fit (and they have done it quite a few times already). So it's quite reassuring that unless the game is quite good, it won't EVER get to see the light of days.
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