by Anna Roberts
Guild Wars 2 developers have revealed what many players had begun to suspect – a Guild Wars 2 expansion is unlikely to ever be released.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Guild Wars 2’s lead content designer Mike Zadorojny confirmed that there would be no Guild Wars 2 expansions released in 2015 or 2015.
ArenaNet’s original plans for the fantasy MMO were to release content in a similar way to the original game, with larger expansions supplemented by temporary ‘Living World’ content, underlining the dynamic nature of the sequel.
However, the success of the Living World means that ArenaNet have taken a step back from expansions.
“So right now we’re not really looking at expansions as an option,” Zadorojny told Eurogamer. “It’s something that’s on the table but it’s not something we’re focused on, because what we want to do is – our idea here is that with Living World, we can do what expansions would have done but do it on a more regular basis.”
He continues, “If we do this right we will probably never do an expansion and everything will be going into this Living World strategy.”
This may come as no surprise to Guild Wars 2 players – ArenaNet recently announced they’d be stepping up Living World releases from every month to every fortnight, with four teams working on separate releases.
The next Living World release, Bazaar of the Four Winds, is due to release on July 9.
Despite the unsurprising nature of this official confirmation, fans may still be disappointed in this decision. Many had hoped that expansions would bring new races, professions and content to the game. Players had particularly hoped for an expansion containing the Asian-inspired continent of Cantha, which was first visited in Guild Wars: Factions.
However, additional teams within ArenaNet continue to work on other “exciting things.”
Are you disappointed by ArenaNet’s decision about Guild Wars 2 expansion packs?