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Today ArenaNet announces it has formalised plans to maintain a
two-week major release schedule for Guild Wars 2, and reveals the
latest content update to the game’s Living Story,
Bazaar of the Four Winds, going live on 9
ArenaNet has been delivering new content to Guild Wars 2 at an
increasing pace since January and from now on will maintain a
14-day update rate, bringing players exciting new features, events,
rewards and storylines at a frequency unmatched by any other
Western studio. Today’s decision affirms the studio’s
continued commitment to that effort and means that players can
expect Tyria to remain one of the most frequently updated and best
supported online worlds in the industry.
In the newest update,
Bazaar of the Four Winds, merchants are converging from
all corners of Tyria to sell their wares. The gathering will
feature more than just shady characters and risky trade because,
this year, the mystical flying Zephyr Sanctum has landed, bringing
magical crystals and amazing movement skills to traders and
In addition to experiencing movement in a new way, players will
partake in new themed-events and join in the thrill of the trade.
Also included in this update:
Belcher’s Bluff Mini-game: Players can
challenge their friends in this new, permanent mini-game.
Sanctum Sprint Race: Navigate a dizzying obstacle
course in this competitive race.
Lessons from the Sky Scavenger Hunt: Players will
need to show their mastery of wind, sun and lightning as they
search for Sky Crystals and explore hard-to-reach places in the
Aspect Back Items: Players can compete in the
Sanctum Sprint for a chance to earn one of three special back items
representing the aspects of wind, sun and lightning.
Personal Quartz Node: Players completing the
update will be able to harvest quartz in their home instances,
allowing them to craft new recipes.
Zephyr Sanctum Model: Players who complete the
Lessons from the Sky achievement will be awarded a miniature model
of the Zephyr Sanctum, allowing them to view the ship at any time,
even after it has flown away.
Account Achievement Reward System: Starting with
this release, players can unlock rewards like exclusive new armour
skins, weapon skins and permanent account bonuses as they earn
achievement points. They can also earn laurels, gems, gold,
powerful items, and PvP and WvW rewards as achievement scores
New PvP Map – Skyhammer: Players can battle
for control of three capture points in the new Skyhammer map.
Developer Livestream: Get an early look
inside the release during a preview livestream (
www.twitch.tv/guildwars2) with ArenaNet
developers on Monday, 8
th July 20:00 BST.
For more details on
Bazaar of the Four Winds, check out the trailer at one of
the following YouTube links or visit
additional details on ArenaNet’s Living World strategy, read
Colin Johanson’s new blog post at
In addition to the YouTube links the hard copy of the trailer is
available for download from the