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PostSubject: Jan-Feb 2013 GW2 updates: "...basically an expansion's worth of content for free"   2012-12-01, 11:30 pm

Jan-Feb 2013 GW2 updates: "...basically an expansion's worth of content for free"

GamingBolt.com just did an interview with ANet about how GW2 is doing post-launch. Worth the read, but here is the most interesting tidbit from the entire thing:

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Speaking of the updating process- that’s one of the beauties of making a game that’s based in online, that you can constantly be updating it. But aside from continual updates for Guild Wars 2, are there any plans for bigger expansions that are kind of in the works?

Yeah, yeah, we are actively working on a bigger expansion as well. But that’s something we don’t have a real timetable set on yet. Our major focus now, like most of the companies, is live updates. But we do have a small group of people that is working on expansions and stuff down the road as well. But our big goal, what we wanted to do, is really kind of do something that no one’s ever done before in an MMO after it came out. And that’s every single month, adding giant updates to our game and do a huge release that really gives the players the sense that they’re paying their monthly fee, and every four to five months, they’re getting free expansions’ worth of content as part of logging into our game.

We had a huge Halloween update in October, we just had a big one in November, we have a giant Christmas update coming in December, and all of those have gone over really well, and I think in December people are going to be really excited. But January and February are actually our biggest updates to date. They’re even bigger than all the stuff we did in October, November and December. And I think that when people see how much stuff they’re gonna get for no monthly fee in January and February, they’re probably going to be blown away. These two months combined are basically an expansion’s worth of content for free.

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Cool! Okay, that’s good stuff to look forward to. But in terms of paid expansions- because with Guild Wars 1 you had a few paid expansion sets- are you gonna have anything like that with Guild Wars 2 or is it all going to be regular, free updates?

We will also have paid expansions. In Guild Wars 1, there were really big ones, as often as every six months. I think we will not have them be as frequent in Guild Wars 2. It’s really hard to work on an expansion for six months odd, and then turn around and work on another one and another one and not burn the team out. I think we would rather focus on doing monthly live updates with which we can specifically go after parts of the game that we know we need to make better, and yes, the big expansions will be on slightly longer of a time range. To expand the game out larger from there. But we definitely will do paid expansions down the road.

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PostSubject: Re: Jan-Feb 2013 GW2 updates: "...basically an expansion's worth of content for free"   2012-12-02, 1:42 am

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PostSubject: Re: Jan-Feb 2013 GW2 updates: "...basically an expansion's worth of content for free"   2012-12-02, 1:49 am

MaubyFizz wrote:
encouraging news

Great, but nowhere near as encouraging for me as it was to see this headline in the NY Post the other day:


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PostSubject: Re: Jan-Feb 2013 GW2 updates: "...basically an expansion's worth of content for free"   2012-12-02, 4:10 am

Here is the Reddit discussion thread about this:

[Reddit] Interesting Interview with Colin Johanson. Covers expansions, new content in January and February

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PostSubject: Re: Jan-Feb 2013 GW2 updates: "...basically an expansion's worth of content for free"   2012-12-02, 9:55 am

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