Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
Amongst all the Dragon Bash goings-on several things about the next update have begun to leak. Aside from the main theme of what’s coming up, steampunk, the most interesting update for me and my friends will likely be the new sets of armour.
The first new sets of armour since launch.
This is something that I know a few people have been waiting on for quite some time though I myself have been mostly content. I say mostly content because there are of course a few valid complaints about armour.
Too many medium sets have trench coats. I’m sure you’ll be disappointed to know that trend does not stop with these new sets.
All head wear makes you bald. I’m not sure what they could do about this exactly but I admit it looks odd.
Not enough variety in style or design, something I’m happy to say these sets add to.
Anyway here are some previews using some of the codes that have spread amongst the gaming populace. Keep in mind it’s possible these sets are not done, though I’d wager they’re close to it.
Something strange people immediately started to notice with these new sets, the genders vary more wildly than with most other armour sets. They don’t look much alike at all, as you can see.
I really like the male vest, tie, gears and straps on the male version here. It’s just too bad that it doesn’t seem to match the rest of the set. One of the best single pieces in the game in my opinion.
The female helm is strangely reminiscent to me of a rastacap. I wonder at it’s actual inspiration.
The male light set seems to be aristocratic or scientific in nature. The female set seems more adventuresome, less nerdy to me.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s one of the best trench coats in the game, well done, stylish and looks good. But it’s a trench coat. We already have a few in the game for medium classes. Personally I would have much preferred the male vest for light to have been a medium coat.
The female medium goes back to a very classy feel, right in the thick of steampunk. The helm speaks of baldness, as I attempted to note earlier.
Both medium sets are very pilot-like, but I think the male is more of a fighter pilot set and the female more of an officer on a ship.
For me the male set somehow reminds me of Elder Scrolls dwarven mechanical contraptions. Right down to the gears and feather plumes IIRC.
They’re very toy soldier-esque and different from most other heavy sets but from my perspective the female set is quite an oddity. Almost every heavy set tries to show off the defensive nature of the armour, a heavy metallic look and feel (or, barring that, how big the boobs of the female character are) that this armour doesn’t seem to have. A bit refreshing actually.
So yeah. New armour incoming apparently. Which only leaves one question. How will these armour sets be obtainable?
I’m not really looking forward to the options here. So far Arenanet have dropped skins mostly in two ways. Gambling or bought on the auction house. Black Lion Chests, Consortium chests, Dragon Coffers, whatever, you have to buy them or buy keys for just a chance, a terribly poor chance, of getting them to drop. Or you can spend hundreds of gold at times to buy a skin on the auction house.
Neither in my opinion are fun or necessary to fund Arenanet through the gem store.
I haven’t managed to get wintersday skins, sclerite skins, jade skins, Halloween skins or any other special skins for that matter through naturally playing the game. But I’m not bitter.
These are full armour sets however, a far cry from weapon skins. Perhaps they will be introduced in another manner, for example directly from the gem store. To me that would be a whole lot more acceptable than this insane random number generator bullshit Arenanet seems to love so much.
Or at least it would be more acceptable if I could buy a skin from the gem store and have it permanently available to me. The current system of having to buy the same skin again if it’s destroyed is a little backwards considering the original Guild Wars had better functionality but I guess that leads into a discussion of just how much town clothes are broken and why I can’t wear town clothes in battle (because it would break immersion it’s said, but then shortbows that shoot rainbow unciorns, cargo short hotpants, and aviator sunglasses, those don’t break immersion at all) and then we’re really off on a rant here.
Best just to finish up and move along. To the world of tomorrow!
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
They’ve been planning this Halloween thing for a long time.
New Halloween themed music, a Halloween promo with professional voice acting, and apparently Mad King Thorn will be voiced as well. That’s a lot more money than was ever pushed into the original Guild Wars festivals. Gives me a lot of hope for the future.
There are a few new notes on the trailer’s webpage as well. Black Lion chests will be upgraded to include Halloween items like 6 exclusive weapon skins.
The price of the previously worthless chests shot up to 60 copper a piece from about 30. Don’t worry, they’re back down to 31 copper right now. With damn near 100k on the Auction House any sort of new demand wouldn’t increase the price for long.
We also get a glimpse of the jumping puzzle, which apparently is directly over the mystic forge. Not to mention a few views of locations I don’t recognize, can’t wait for that.
Oh and I forgot to mention that I read recently that new gem store items have been datamined out of the updates. Various makeover items and assorted convenience type stuff. Incoming with Halloween perhaps?