Guild Wars 2 dev on Ascended gear backlash: “Our goal is not to create a gear treadmill”

And there won’t be periodic new sets of gear for grinding’s sake.

Posted By | On 18th, Nov. 2012 Under News

ArenaNet, developers of the hit MMO Guild Wars 2, faced some flak recently for the announcement of Ascended Gear for the Lost Shores event. This made quite a few fans angry, and they made sure to complain about it on the developer’s forums. The main point of contention? That this a case of the MMO becoming a grind-heavy experience favouring the one with the best gear.

Studio Design Director Chris Whiteside disagreed. “Our goal is not to create a gear treadmill. Our goal is to ensure we have a proper progression for players from Exotic up to Legendary without a massive jump in reward between the two. We will not be adding a new tier of gear every 3 months that we expect everyone to chase after and then get the next set and so on.” He also stated that the gear would “be made available through all sorts of content around the world including existing content” through Player versus Enemy and World versus World combat.

The tiers themselves are interesting, as Legendary provides the same stats as Exotic gear but different appearances, while Ascended gear provides real upgrades.

Source: PCGamer

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  • Bracus

    A gear treadmill by any other name…

  • Stick to Your Vision Arenanet

    The real complaint is worse. The issue is that they sold a game with horizontal progression. They said not for a few months but for years that GW2 would never have “gear stat” progression. Then 3 months after a huge launch and sales, they did a 180 degree turn on their core design philosophy. That is the real issue here. They overhauled a core feature of their game that many people bought and supported the game for.

    That speaks to tarnishment of their brand and company reputation. To erosion of customer trust. It is more than just “they introduced a gear treadmill.” They have lost the goodwill and support of their core customer base. That is hard to recover so its put their future sales at risk.

  • paff

    The article’s information isn’t completely correct. Legendary gear no longer has the same stats as exotic, it was raised with the new content. So the hundreds of hours required to acquire legendary gear is no longer there for the sake of its own challenge and a cosmetic trophy. It’s now part of the treadmill.


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