I hear lots of complaints lately about the lack of new content. While I do agree with the obvious, I’m of the opinion that the devs should focus on developing the expansion. Those that feel too attached with the game will always find some way to spend their time. Personally, I’m having fun in PvP.
Honestly, I’ll never understand the demand that goes against time constraints. Any kind of development requires a serious amount of dedication if the interested parties are to enjoy a bug-free and on par with the expectations experience. But, you know, bringing something like that up could easily be countered by the fact that we are almost three years past the initial launch of Guild Wars 2. The real question though is, does stating that over and over again help in any way? Definitely not. Mistakes were made, wrong decisions took place consuming lots of precious development time, but in one or the other way here we are, finally waiting for what appears to be a highly organized release of an expansion.
We’ve all been witnesses in the past of so-called finished content getting out of the door prematurely. The Ascended crafting system, the trait revamp and all that zerg-oriented PvE experience being a few examples of that. Content that’s bound to or has already been announced to expect some major overhaul. A process that takes lots and lots of time away from taking a step forward and even work on modes like PvP and WvW that have seen next to no improvement since launch. Who’s to blame? I don’t really care. Could the community be more involved in the development process? Yes, perhaps. What matters at the moment though is that if taking away resources to work on new live content leads to a mediocre expansion release then personally I’m all against supporting that idea.
I get that most of you would be reasonable and wouldn’t ask for much. Like a simple re-release of a previous festivity perhaps. Super Adventure Box anyone? Yeah, no one would ever deny how awesome that would be, but if they can’t have a small team dedicated to this certain purpose, then let’s be clear with ourselves, it’s really not worth it. I mean it’s not like a simple switch they need to turn on for previous content to go live. Ever since the initial release of said content the live client has gone through many iterations and some weird behavior is bound to happen. And let’s not even bring up those that will rage because ArenaNet brought back a festivity without adding more content to it. All in all, it’s a situation that carries more risk than what it appears.
As for me, I’ve decided to spend my time till Heart of Thorns mostly in PvP. I’m having so much fun there. Recently, I played a match where my team was losing with a score like 300 to 497 and in the end we managed to win! Just picture that. My heart was racing like crazy as the opponents were chasing me looking for that single kill that will give them the victory. My hands were shaking as I managed to perform a stealth combo with next to zero life much to their surprise. Both teams had a great time and when the game was over we all congratulated each other. And that’s what really matters. It all comes down to having fun.
I’m not saying that I’m good at PvP, nor that the mode itself is perfect at its current state. What it has to offer though suits my current schedule. I can’t spend that much time playing games these days and the quick format of GW2’s PvP is exactly what I needed. All that fast-tempered action and those thrilling moments that have you cheering in the end.
I could give you some advice on how to enjoy the most out of PvP and perhaps propose a few features that would make it better as a whole but I guess that will have to wait for another post. We have kinda derailed the main topic of this one already anyway.
Going back to that then and summing up today’s talk, I’d like you to keep a single thing in mind out of all this. You play games because you are looking to have fun. Do not spend a single second of your life doing something that you do not like. Especially when we are talking about one of your hobbies. The release of Heart of Thorns is imminent and by letting the devs do their work without any additional pressure (trust me, they have a lot to deal with already) you will enjoy the end result more.