PAX East 2015: Exclusive Guild Wars 2 Expansion Recap
PAX East 2015 was a major event for Guild Wars 2 as the convention highlighted several key new and improved features previously announced for the game. The developers expressed their happiness with the critical success that Guild Wars 2 has had since its release a few years ago. Also, with the new expansion, Heart of Thorns, on the horizon, Guild Wars 2 is shaping up to be another big hit this year. Between the many new reveals, expansion live stream, World Tournament Series Championship and the new PvP Stronghold live stream, many fans of the series walked away happy from PAX East this year.
The Expansion Demo was streamed through several special guest streamers on Twitch.tv where fans of the game were allowed to watch the first hour to two hours of expansion content. Included in all of these streams was the first look at the newly announced Revenant class, up close and personal. The streams also showed off the first main zone in the expansion: Maguuma. ArenaNet also made it clear that while this expansion does have a good share of new content within the game, the expansion demo will look like more of the same. They stated that Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is more of a refinement type of expansion rather than an “everything is new” one.
Another major highlight of Guild Wars 2 PAX 2015 was the World Tournament Series Championship that took place. Teams from all over the world competed for cash prizes up to $25,000 USD. The E-Sports scene for Guild Wars 2 has been considered an active success and fans who watched the streams of each of the matches generally were pleased with the results, or upset that their favorite team had lost. All of the matches were intense, however. Giveaways were actively done for those who watched the matches in person and/or on stream.
Finally, guest streamers, appointed by ArenaNet, demonstrated the new PvP Stronghold for eager viewers. While the Strongholds were technically more of the same, it was the new innovative types of gameplay involved with the actual PvP itself, that made it stand out. It was clear that ArenaNet had learned from all of its past experiences when it comes to dealing with large scale PvP. The general opinion was high, though there are some who are not convinced judging by the content the demo showed, that this new Stronghold PvP will be anything to stay excited about.
Ultimately, Guild Wars 2’s showing at PAX 2015 is considered a success because it definitely managed to hype up fans, and peak the interests of the skeptical. Despite a few mishaps here and there, the whole event was full of excitement and overwhelmingly positive enthusiasm. ArenaNet has succeeded in further hyping up their game’s crowd.