After the lastest flurry of information to come out of ArenaNet about Dynamic Events in Guild Wars 2 (some re-hashed and with some clarifying Q&A based on previous reveals), I am quite pleased to see news spreading among the blogosphere and news sites, with increasing numbers of commenters jumping on the GW2 anticipation bandwagon. As with new things, and people new to things, there are questions that old-timers like myself are very familiar with, but need to be asked nonetheless.
Still, it’s a bit bemusing to see three people ask the same question in Tobold’s post on Guild Wars 2’s Dymanic Events – two of them posted after I responded to the original inquiry.
So without further ado, I will add yet another redundant location to find answers to the three most oft-asked questions about Guild Wars 2.
1) Will Guild Wars 2 be instanced like Guild Wars?
No. From the Guild Wars 2 FAQ:
“Guild Wars 2 provides a massive, online persistent world…. 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.”
If that wasn’t clear enough, here is more from the Wiki:
“There will be changes to the instancing system used. Persistent areas, similar to those traditionally used in other online multiplayer games, will be introduced to Guild Wars which may allow players to meet and interact while exploring. Instances will still be used to further storytelling within the game and for missions and dungeons.
A day/night cycle, faster than real-time, is being added to the game and some events will occur and monsters appear depending on the in-game time. There will be weather effects in-game. The interior of houses and buildings in the environment will be accessible to players.”
2) Can you jump in Guild Wars 2?
Yes. From the Guild Wars 2 Wiki:
“Guild Wars 2 will be a true 3D environment which will allow characters to jump over obstacles as well as swim and dive underwater.”
3) Will Guild Wars 2 have a subscription fee?
No. From the FAQ:
“Nope. Like the original Guild Wars, there will be no subscription fee for Guild Wars 2. You just buy the game and play it online without paying a monthly fee.”
*Thanks to Hunter’s Insight for reminding me about the recurring subscription fee question!