Guild Wars 2 expansion delayed as ArenaNet brings back former game director
ArenaNet announces that the next Guild Wars 2 expansion, End of Dragons, will arrive later than expected due to pandemic issues.
Guild Wars 2 remains one of the last major MMOs left on PC, as the developers focus on console-friendly live service games instead. Guild Wars 2 has not, however, come out unscathed in recent years. ArenaNet has suffered controversies and layoffs, but Guild Wars 2 fans have remained steadfast as long as support for the MMO continues. While Guild Wars 2 ahead with a new expansion underway, a recent announcement confirms that it will arrive later than expected.
In a long updated blog post Guild Wars 2 fans of the current state of development, ArenaNet has confirmed that the Guild Wars 2: The End of the Dragons expansion has been delayed. It is no longer slated for release later this year, but will instead launch in early 2022. ArenaNet attributes the delay to the ongoing pandemic and how it has changed the way the studio creates games. With that in mind, ArenaNet asks its fans to be patient as the team brings their creative vision to life.
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Guild Wars 2: The End of the Dragons will be the third major expansion for the MMO, but it’s also much more than that. This is expected to be the culmination of Guild Wars 2the greatest story of, the one that surrounds the ancient dragons and their cycle of destruction. This is not the end of Guild Wars 2the story altogether, however. End of the dragons also marks a return to one of the Guild warsmost popular places, the mainland of Cantha. As such, Guild Wars 2 fans will certainly be prepared to wait a few more months.
ArenaNet had another major announcement to make alongside the delay, however. Colin Johanson, Game Director of Guild wars franchise between 2012 and 2016, is back in the role of studio director of ArenaNet. Johanson had left in 2016 to join Amazon, where he worked on interactive Twitch experiences and ultimately led the now-defunct team that made Crucible. Colin has been working with ArenaNet since early 2021 to help keep things running smoothly.
Johanson is also not the only member of the team to have joined ArenaNet. Josh “Grouch” Davis also left in 2016 to join Amazon as a community leader. Now he’s back as the head of ArenaNet’s live operations for Guild Wars 2, ensuring that the game’s living story continues unabated even with the team’s current focus on the End of the dragons expansion.
Suffice to say that ArenaNet is still moving at full speed towards the release of its End of the dragons expansion. Ongoing support for the MMO’s Living History is also progressing. The team takes more time to make sure everything is up to their own expectations, so Guild Wars 2 players will have to be patient.
Guild Wars 2 is available now on PC.
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