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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:10AM (Unverified) said

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Indeed we have waited for so long, and even at the small bit they have shown us I do not believe ArenaNet has or can possibly let us down. They listen to us and actually do something when the community speaks, this game will be epic on a level not yet know in the fantasy MMO genre.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:10AM (Unverified) said

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Im so excited about this game

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:11AM GaaaaaH said

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Let the excitement roll!
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 9:54AM arnavdesai said

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I shed a single tear of joy. It exists, its beautiful, its guild wars 2 & god I wish this game comes out tmw.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 10:30AM ultimateq said

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Allow me to join your band wagon. Excitement +1.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 3:03PM (Unverified) said

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+1 *.*
Nearly droped a tear of joy there!
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:14AM (Unverified) said

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The trailer is nothing short of impressive. The music, artwork and those absolutely stunning environments just got me all fired up about this game.

GW 1 is the best Online experience i've ever had. This trailer makes me believe GW 2 will be even more epic.

Too bad it lacks gameplay and next to no info was released about it. Still i'll wait patiently and enjoy other MMOs until this little baby is released.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:26AM (Unverified) said

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oh my god D: i always wanted to play gw.
When I start with gw2, do i understand the lore? or do i have to play gw1?

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:29AM (Unverified) said

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I suggest you play GW1 though this takes place quite some time after the events of EOTN some background probably wouldn't hurt also being that GW1 is an awesome game and free to play..
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 11:28AM (Unverified) said

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You will be able to "pick up & play" GW2 with no knowledge of GW1. GW1 players will have "bragging rights" over you as their accomplishments can be placed into the Hall of Monuments (in Eye of the North), but as ANet is *extremely* dedicated to game balance you won't miss out on any game-breaking things. The exact rewards are not known right now, but (given past tendencies) they'll probably be exclusive armor/weapon skins or displayable "heritage" titles. If this is something you can't live without, you'll always be able to buy GW1, link accounts and grind up the old titles for your GW2 character to inherit.

And if you want to get into GW lore without buying GW1, ANet has planned a series of novels to cover the game-world developments between GW1 & GW2.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:33AM (Unverified) said

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I swear, ArenaNet have some of the most talented concept and design artists of anywhere I can think of. Not only from the GW1 days, but the artwork and in-game environments shown in this video are incredible in my opinion.

I took a few things from the trailer:
- clearly there will be a 'technology' bent in the game (fantastic)
- the trailer takes us underwater (I'm hoping that's a nod to existing players to say we can adventure there now)
- their designers and developers have quite obviously been furiously hard at work for the past 2 years, given the amount of detail and stunning design seen in those few environment shots (simply incredible, unique and interesting)
- I love how the music/soundtrack evolves into the signature Guild Wars theme, which hopefully means they've retained Jeremy Soule for the soundtrack

This is the most exciting news I've been subject to for some time.
I just can't wait.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:38AM Skellybob said

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There was a question and answer with some of the GW2 Devs after the trailer premiere, and they confirmed underwater stuff.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:48AM (Unverified) said

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Many thanks Adrian - that's fantastic news.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:51AM Skellybob said

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My pleasure. Just racking my brains to see what else I can remember from the Q&A. I'm sure they said everyone will be able to get firearms.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:40AM HackJack said

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Pure.Epicness.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:42AM engrey said

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This is absolutely stunning, the art, environment, the look of the game. Arenanet did an amazing job with GW1 and was and still is one of the best games I have ever played.

My one downside that I did see from the trailer is that the game will continue to be instanced, which is unfortunate. I would love to see an open world however I do not think we would appreciate our surroundings if it was open.

As for everything else, like Amana said, looks to be amazing. The technology class looks to be very fun, the game looks great for being 2 maybe 3 years into development.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:49AM (Unverified) said

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It is all open world, but storyline missions will be instanced.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 7:55AM engrey said

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I played GW1 so I know how the missions work, but are we going to see one main hum instead of hubs 1-20 (example).? Or is Arenanet sticking with the same system of having X-number of people in a hub area then opening a new instance/zone?
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 8:06AM (Unverified) said

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The FAQ on the official site has this to say about it:

Will Guild Wars 2 be an MMO?
Yes. Guild Wars 2 provides a massive, online persistent world.

How is Guild Wars 2 different from other MMOs?
While Guild Wars 2 adds a persistent-world experience, it retains the unique characteristics of the original game, including strong narrative, extensive instanced gameplay, anti-grind design philosophy, and strong support for competitive play.

What catches my eye is the multiple use of the term 'persistent', yet at the same time they describe their instanced-gameplay as 'extensive'.
I guess we'll learn more about it's design specifics as time goes by, but I'd sure love to know how they're going to handle it this time around. I think I'd squee myself to death if I knew it was going to be a totally open world, with missions and story arcs effectively being 'instances'..
=)
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 8:33AM (Unverified) said

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I would imagine the extensive instancing is in the form of dungeons, while the rest is persistent. Eye of the North was our primer for GW2, to see how we'd react to robots, technology and dungeons. I can't wait for this game :)
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