news\ Apr 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Guild Wars 2 already has expansion content 'for years to come'

Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet may not have a release date in mind for their highly anticipated MMO, but the company is already planning expansion content "for years to come."  That may not surprise many of you given that Guild Wars 2 is an MMO game which are designed with the long haul in mind.  In all honesty, a solid MMO developer should always be looking to the future for their game, otherwise they end up with a disappointing end game that disappoints players.  However, it may come as a shock that ArenaNet has "a number" of high-level features in mind for the future since they aren't charging monthly for Guild Wars 2.

Nevertheless, senior vice president Randall Price revealed the companies goals, both short- and long-term.

Starting with the short-term goals, things like the pre-purchase program that began April 10th and the beta weekends are on ArenaNet's list of things.

"And then we've got medium-term goals," Price explained to Eurogamer, "and the medium-term goals will relate to things along the line of the patches that will come out post-release of the game, and the cadence that we're going to get into around that, and the way that we're going to be dividing our team between different disciplines to be able to continue to punch out incredible content for people."

The planning doesn't stop there, however.  According to Price, "We today know a number of the high-level features that we're going to do, and expansion content for years to come."

"No, it's not drilled down in a way that is - it's all at the five-thousand foot level and above, from a big picture [perspective]. But every month we go through time, we get closer and it gets down and, OK, now we're actually creating content for it."

"Look, even from our standpoint we've got years of work, of great work, that players are going to be able to enjoy," Price concluded.  "We're launching a service - you don't launch a box and be done with it. We have years of awesome, fun work ahead of us."

I can't wait to see what they have in store for the future.  But first, the game has to actually release and despite the beta weekends they are now holding, there is still no official release date.


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