If you are an avid gamer you must have definitely heard of Guild Wars game, one of the most played massively mult-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) in the world. But what about Guild Wars 3 and all the fuss doing the rounds? In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about Guild Wars 3, from its history to its gameplay, and whether its actually coming out or not. If yes, then what is the release date. But before that if you are new to Guild Wars 2, lets have a look at the history of Guild Wars series and find out why it has become one of the most popular games ever.
Guild Wars History
(some contents/info courtesy : Wikipedia
Guild Wars is an online role-playing game series developed by the gaming company ArenaNet. The Guild Wars games received acclaim from critics and have been awarded numerous editors’ choices awards, as well as other awards, such as Best MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) and the Most Popular Game and so on. Guild Wars was lauded for being the “first major MMO to adopt a business model not based on monthly subscription fees”. Its game-playing approach and the quality of graphics and being able to play on PCs that had low specs were well liked and appreciated by all.
Guild Wars Timelines
Lets have an overview of the Guild Wars series over the years since it was first introduced in 2005. It has come a long way from there.
Guild Wars: Prophecies
The very first game of the Guild Wars series, called Guild Wars: Prophecies was released in the year 2005. The game (RPG play-based game) can be played in PvP as well as PvE settings. In PvP (player versus player) mode, players can participate in random tournaments, matches, teams or guild battles, In PvE (player versus environment) players can participate in quests, missions, or explore the world of guild wars.
Guild Wars: Factions
Guild Wars Factions was the first sequel to Guild Wars, released in 2006. It included an updated world map that comes with missions and 2 new occupations (the Assassin and Ritualist) and a range of brand new gaming modes as well as “titles” which measures the advancement of characters across a variety of tasks. One important thing to keep in mind that Guild Wars Factions is not an expansion pack but an independent product, meaning that it doesn’t have to be played with Guild Wars: Prophecies to play. If you own both titles, then it’s great because it will enhance the gaming experience.
Guild Wars: Nightfall
Guild Wars Nightfall, the third chapter of the Guild Wars saga, was launched in October of 2006. Like the earlier chapters the game is a standalone product however, it can be combined with earlier campaigns to improve the gameplay experience. The third chapter introduces the world map for the first time and 2 new jobs (the Dervish and Paragon) and a brand new PvP mode. However the most exciting unique feature is the addition to “Heroes” who travel with the player between campaigns and missions. They can be customized by the players.
Guild Wars: Eye of the North
Guild Wars: Eye of the North was released in August of 2007. This was a true expansion pack in the guild wars series and it requires on of the three earlier full campaigns. It also introduces two new races – the Asura and the Norn, which are also playable in Guild Wars 2.
Guild Wars: Beyond
ArenaNet launched a series of “mini-expansion” updates, collectively called Guild Wars Beyond. The series of stories and events from Guild Wars helps set the stage for Guild Wars 2, which is set 250 years in the future. Guild Wars Beyond begins with War in Kryta, then Hearts of the North, and concludes with Winds of Change.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2, the sequel to the Guild Wars series of games was in the development phase since 2007 and released in the year 2012. The game’s plot is set approximately 250 years from the time of the first original game. It includes numerous new features, including dynamic questing, personal multi-storyline and an upgraded graphics engine. ArenaNet launched Guild Wars on 28 August 2012. Following the release of Guild Wars 2 ArenaNet initially focused on fixing the issues with the game, such as issues with connection and bugs. After the game was stable, they set their sights on further making improvements to Guild Wars 2 and evolving the idea of a living world’, providing both permanent and temporary content in biweekly update. In addition to these updates, there were seasonal and holiday-themed events.
Guild Wars 2: Living World Seasons 1 and 2
ArenaNet’s “Living World” concept was designed to provide a look of a dynamic and ever-changing game world. After the initial launch of the base game, biweekly patches of various sizes brought new content to the game. This continued till the spring of 2014.
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns and Season 3
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns was the initial expansion for Guild Wars 2, that was released on the 23rd of October in 2015. Heart of Thorns introduced the Revenant profession to the game, four brand-new open world maps featuring 3 distinct biomes ten-man instances of raids as well as the mastery system “elite specializations” for each of the game’s nine professions that significantly alter how players play. It also introduced the brand-new “Stronghold” format for the game’s player-versus-player format, as well as a new frontier land map to play World versus World game mode.
Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire and Season 4
Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire was the second expansion pack of Guild Wars 2, that was released on September 22, 2017. Path of Fire introduces mounts as well as the first open world map from Elona (the same location the game uses in Guild Wars: Nightfall) and new raids for 10 players, as well as an elite specialization that is available for every profession in the game. It was also nominated for an “Outstanding Video Game” GLAAD Media Award.
Guild Wars 2: The Icebrood Saga
The Icebrood Saga was announced on August 30 in 2019 at an event hosted by ArenaNet, “The Icebrood Saga” is an expansion of the Living World format of content releases. It had previously been described by ArenaNet as “Season 5” of the Living World. Although previous Living World seasons have book ending expansions, the Icebrood Saga follows directly from Season 4. As with Season 4, it is only available to those who already own an expansion called the Path of Fire expansion.
Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons
Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons is the third expansion pack released for Guild Wars 2. Announced in August 25, 2020, it was originally scheduled for a 2021 release date, it was moved back to an expected release date of 2022. It was finally launched on February 28th 2022.
Why is Guild Wars 2 so Popular
Guild Wars 2 was considered the fastest growing MMORPG with half a million daily players. It was declared the MMO game of the year by lot of companies. This amazing game has so much to offer and new players get hooked to the game instantly. All this happened due to the massive game improvements by the company ArenaNet. Notwithstanding all this, the game still leaves a lot to be desired though. There is a sense of repetitive game experience, complicated combat system with lot of menus and actions, absence of dynamic weather etc. It also needs more quests. All this and more we hope will be addressed in Guild Wars 3.
Are there plans to release Guild Wars 3
I’m not certain when there’ll be any Guild Wars 3. The creators haven’t made any announcements yet. However, Guild Wars 3 is the anticipated next installment in the Guild Wars franchise. Despite its ubiquity and huge interest in announcements, there’s yet to be an official announcement from creators of the game, ArenaNet about Guild Wars 3. Who cares if the developers have made any announcements of not. However, Guild Wars 3 is definitely due out in the near future, and it’s going to be the best damn game and most enjoyable games you’ve ever played.
Guild Wars 3: The Gameplay
Should Guild Wars 3 were to be launched some day, it would probably have similar gameplay mechanics as the previous games. Here’s what can be expected from the new series.
Similar to the previous games in the series, Guild Wars 3 would allow players to create the characters of their own choice. The game is likely to offer various classes and races to pick from, each having distinct capabilities and play style.
Storyline Guild Wars 3
The plot of Guild Wars 3 is unknown at this point. However, it is safe to think that it will have an exciting narrative that would allow players to travel across a vast, fantastical world.
The combat system in Guild Wars 3 would most likely have the same system as the previous games. The players will engage in action-packed, fast-paced battles with a variety of enemies. The game will offer various weapons, spells, abilities for the players to make use of in battle.
Similar to the previous games in the series, Guild Wars 3 would offer many multiplayer features, as the game is based on MMORPG game concept. Players will be able to group up with their fellow players and friends in order to accomplish quests, explore the world of the game and fight strong opponents.
Guild Wars 3 Release Date
There isn’t a confirmed date of release for Guild Wars 3 yet. There is strong possibility and speculation that the game is currently in development stage. When it’s released and available, it’s going to blow everyone’s minds with its amazing visuals, thrilling gameplay and an amazing storyline.
Guild Wars 3 is one of the most anticipated mmorpg games in the guild wars series. Although there hasn’t been any official statement from the creators however, speculation suggests that the game is currently in development. If the game does get launched, it will definitely going to be a hit with the gamers. It would definitely feature captivating storylines, stunning graphics, and powerful multiplayer options.
Most frequent questions and answers
There’s no official announcement regarding the game’s pricing system. However, it is most likely that it will remain available for free with the option of purchasing game-specific items.
There’s yet to be an official statement on the game’s platforms of release. It’s probable to be released on PC and there is possibility of having a console launch as well in the near future.
There’s been no official announcement regarding character transfer. It’s highly unlikely players can change their avatars from earlier games due to possible changes to gameplay mechanics as well as character design. Nothing can be said for certain though.
There’s been no official announcement on the pricing model for the game, or if it will incorporate micro transactions. However, it is possible to incorporate micro transactions to purchase items in the game.
There has been no official announcement about the game’s release date. It’s currently unknown if and when the game will be released.