AreaNet proudly announced the release of the upcoming expansion for Guild Wars 2 as number of users hit the 7 million mark. The games first expansion, known as Heart of Thorns, shall be featuring improvements and a lot of new additions.
Guild Wars 2 made a milestone as it gained another 2 million users since August, totaling to a number of 7 million from the time it was released, Game Spresso reported. AreaNet also reports that users have all been spending a grand total 1.4 billion hours playing the game, which was said to be nearly as long as modern humans have been walking on Earth. AreaNet President and Co-founder Mike O’ Brien said in a statement: “We’re eager to see how our fast growing community continues to flourish, and we hope they’re eager to embrace where their Guild wars 2 journey takes them next in Heart of Thorns.”
The good news is, as Uber Gizmo reported, that those who still actively plays the game or those who consider returning might be pleased that the expansion was released. The expansion includes a new zone such as the Mguuma Jungle which offers a new storyline and new events. There are also new Guild Halls where guild members congregate and meet up, new profession in the form of Revenant, new PvP Battlegrounds in the form of Stronghold, and new raids and dungeons to be explored. There are also World vs World events. Another main addition is the Mastery System upon which starters are assisted to progress the game in new ways.
According to Game Director for Heart of Thorns expansion, Colin Johanson, there have been improvements to the game which are mostly based on fan feedbacks. For instance, the main villain Zhaitan did not feel like a villain at all for he was not encountered until the end of the game, according to fans. For which they personified Mordremoth a lot more to end up as someone a player would desire to kill. According to Attack of the Fanboy, inconsistencies in the average players’ playtime were addressed by Steve Fowler, AreaNet’s Global Marketing Head.
All these features and improvements are jam-packed in Guild Wars 2 expansion, Heart of Thorns. The base game is now entirely free, and all bonuses shall come without subscription fee. The expansions are available for 50 USD for Standard, 75 USD for Deluxe, and 100 for the Ultimate pack.