Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns’ Guild Halls during E3

It’s been a well known rumor that ArenaNet will be attending E3 for some time now, showing off something from the upcoming Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns. What exactly they might be revealing has been a point of contention, however. There’s so much left to reveal, after all. Today ArenaNet spoiled the speculation and so started a tidal wave of hype. During the PC Gaming Show, the PC gaming focused keynote taking place for the first time this year, ArenaNet will first unveil Heart of Thorns’ Guild Halls. Guild Wars 2’s namesake halls are soon to begin construction.

The PC Gaming press conference will only be the start of it, too. Afterwards, and throughout the week, ArenaNet will be showing off more and more of the Guild Halls system. It all builds up to a special livestream on Friday, June 19, when ArenaNet will show Guild halls in-game for the very first time. It makes you wonder what exactly they’ll be showing for the rest of the week. Concept? Q&A’s? A cinematic trailer for the PC Gaming keynote? Either way, next week will be a Guild Halls buffet and everyone’s invited to eat as much as they like.

The implication being that ArenaNet has major plans for Guild Halls, including ways for guildies to interact with each other several cooperative and competitive ways. It will also feature a progression system of some sorts, a way for guilds to level up or expand their guild halls. Perhaps it will allow for additional shops, or entirely different ways to interact with each other. Perhaps guilds will be able to spend their collected Influence to progress, or maybe Guild Merits. It’s probably a different system entirely, perhaps built around experience contribution like other, single-player progression systems in Heart of Thorns. Ah, it’s exciting to think about what ArenaNet might have put together.

Guild Wars 2’s first major expansion, Heart of Thorns, does not yet have a release date. Players are hoping for a late summer, early fall release, but the only safe bet is somewhere in 2015. Probably. Hey, you never know. With ArenaNet showing more and more of the game to press and the public, you’d have to think the expansion is in the thick of beta testing already. That’s the hope, at least.