Datamined Guild Wars 2 files indicate a LFG tool arriving shortly

Guild Wars 2

By on May 31, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Files dug out of the latest Guild Wars 2 client indicate that a LFG tool may be on the way, among other things.

Reddit user that_shaman posted their findings on the GW2 subreddit, showing that an LFG tool, new town clothes, and what looks like a PVP map called Skyhammer are incoming.

Also included is the ability to gift items to other players, and the addition of a Dragon Mask item and swimwear.

Source: PC Gamer

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LFG tool? Only been a year since launch i guess…. LOL

 

Guess that guy doesn’t read the forums then…… since I remember reading a week or two ago a post from one of the mods stating that a LFG system was being worked on and would be released as soon as it was ready.

 

It’s embarising that theyre bragging about developing basic stuff, that should have been available on release.

 

Dragon mask is a given being they said the current living story event ‘secret of southsun’ is trying to get the island sorted out before the Dragon Bash festival is held there.

Good to hear of an official LFG tool. Though I’ve had no dramas using GW2LFG.com

I bet the official one wont be as detailed either, including tags for experienced only, newbie run, speed run or killing everything. Would be fantastic if it did though.

Swimwear just sounds stupid unless you can wear it in combat.

 

coatsy22:
It’s embarising that theyre bragging about developing basic stuff, that should have been available on release.

The sad thing is there are still plenty of people (including well known streamers) who think that GW2 is the best mmo ever. The fact that people think it’s even remotely special makes me sad, the best thing about the game was the environments and nobody ever praises that :(

 

nekosan: The sad thing is there are still plenty of people (including well known streamers) who think that GW2 is the best mmo ever.

The sad thing is that you actually care that much about what other people think is the best MMO ever.

If there is one you like better, good for you. Go play it.

 

nekosan: the best thing about the game was the environments and nobody ever praises that :(

Pfffsst….

The best thing about the game was the 5v5 Tournament PvP.

PvE is for girly-men.

 

slazza: Pfffsst….

The best thing about the game was the 5v5 Tournament PvP.

PvE is for girly-men.

PvP is for men that need to prove just how big their e-peen is ? :P

 

coatsy22:
It’s embarising that theyre bragging about developing basic stuff, that should have been available on release.

And how many MMOs have actually had a working LFG tool on release? WoW took years to have one, SWTOR didn’t have one for a while, LOTRO didn’t – those are the 3 ‘big’ ones I’ve played.

LFG tool is not basic stuff, it’s stuff that spoiled players demand: like player housing, endless customisation etc. I’d rather they release a good game first and then worry about the peripherals.

 

Recently downloaded a trial of Rift and was pretty underwhelmed. Thought I’d try GW2 but there doesn’t seem to be a trial version available – I know it’s subjective but is it worth buying this if I thought Rift was a bit meh?

 

kendrite,

They do have free weekends every here and there, lately around once a month or 2. Typically at the start of events. So you could keep an eye on the site and download the client prior to the next free weekened if you are on the fence about purchasing. It’s definitely not a game for everybody, so I wouldn’t straight up reccommend it. Although it is pretty cheap atm ($50 through thier website, no subs) if you felt like taking the risk.

Guild Wars 2 is very different to Rift. It’s like an MMO with a few action game mechanics thrown in. Kinda hard to explain without going into a lot of detail though. There isn’t really any single player content worth it though, so if you play you will want to join a guild, or 2.. or 3. (yes, you can join multiple guilds).

Just make sure that if/when you do play it, get on the Sea of Sorrows server. This is where the majority of aussies reside.

 
Village idiot

kendrite,

I have been playing since release and still enjoy it. But like others have said, its rather subjective. My entire gaming time is significantly reduced now days so i am just slowly leveling and exploring. I’m only on my second toon so far and not in any rush.

It may be different for you if you are the kind of person who devours content and then gets frustrated when there isn’t anything new for a while. That doesn’t seem to affect me thought, because im pretty slow at the moment.

If i get asked, ill always say its worth $50 with no sub fee.The cost to play time ratio is significantly better than any game you would buy these days so its worth a shot.

 

villageidiot: I have been playing since release and still enjoy it. But like others have said, its rather subjective. My entire gaming time is significantly reduced now days so i am just slowly leveling and exploring. I’m only on my second toon so far and not in any rush.
It may be different for you if you are the kind of person who devours content and then gets frustrated when there isn’t anything new for a while. That doesn’t seem to affect me thought, because im pretty slow at the moment.
If i get asked, ill always say its worth $50 with no sub fee.The cost to play time ratio is significantly better than any game you would buy these days so its worth a shot.

VI has it exactly right, GW2 is the perfect game, for the super casual gamer. If you’re the kind who plays their MMO HARD then within a week or two it devolves into a dressup Barbie grind, all the end game gear has the same stats and there’s no reason to get it other than to match your shoes to your belt and collect outfits.

For me it was worth the purchase price even though i only played it for a couple of weeks. I’d rather pay $50 for a month of evening gameplay than $40 to go to the cinema twice and be occupied for 4 hours.

 

nekosan: VI has it exactly right, GW2 is the perfect game, for the super casual gamer. If you’re the kind who plays their MMO HARD then within a week or two it devolves into a dressup Barbie grind, all the end game gear has the same stats and there’s no reason to get it other than to match your shoes to your belt and collect outfits.

I take it that you haven’t played the game since the introduction of ascended gear? The FotM content has been out for a pretty long time now. A lot has been introduced since then.

Each part takes a minimum of 17 days to acquire and their stats are the best around. So far there are 6 to get (jewellery and back slot) with armour/weapons sets already confirmed for future content.

Either that or you are confusing legendary weapons to be the best. Which are just rare skins for vanity, there is only one for each weapon type.

 

nekosan: VI has it exactly right, GW2 is the perfect game, for the super casual gamer. If you’re the kind who plays their MMO HARD then within a week or two it devolves into a dressup Barbie grind, all the end game gear has the same stats and there’s no reason to get it other than to match your shoes to your belt and collect outfits.

As you can probably tell (from my avatar), I play GW2 quite a lot. I probably do play it hard and 1100 hours later I’m still playing it daily (avg of 3.6 hours per day since launch). And there’s also a lot of other players like me. So then what keeps us playing the game if we can’t improve power and battle effectiveness with better gear?

im gonna get a little bit sidetracked here, but in pretty much every A-RPG and some MMO’s your only real desire is to get better gear and make yourself stronger. This is known as vertical progression and often limits what you can do, and when you progress too far it can also remove the point of lower level content.

Guild Wars 2 has horizontal progression through level scaling and not overly requiring a large amount of time to get the best gear. This means that you can easily find challenging content and that the only character progression that you’ll make is with your appearance through getting weapon and armour skins. But that in itself removes the worry of needing something better to advance. In Guild Wars 2 you never need a better item because you already have the best. And that allows you to focus your efforts on something else, which is a nice change.

And that also makes it sound like quite a casual game and GW2 actually relaxes me when I play it, unlike LoL or CoD which used to make me angry and mad when I wasn’t winning. And with no gear grind in GW2, everyone’s on an even playing field in WvW and PvP is not because of gear, but skill and knowledge of ones class. And because of this, the community in GW2 is fantastic. No anger, hate or animosity is ever shared between players but instead the players help and thank each other, and if your in trouble someone will come to your rescue.

Anyway, I’ve totally forgotten what the point of this was, but im going to leave this here instead of deleting like normally would.

 

This means that you can easily find challenging content and that the only character progression that you’ll make is with your appearance through getting weapon and armour skins. But that in itself removes the worry of needing something better to advance. In Guild Wars 2 you never need a better item because you already have the best. And that allows you to focus your efforts on something else, which is a nice change.

I wouldn’t say that’s entirely accurate. The majority of the game is built around that horizontal progression, exotic armours are easily acquired and are all you will ever need for regular dungeons, PvE content and WvW. But the Fractals of the Mists dungeon, ascended gear and agony rating were implemented into the game specifically for people like nekosan who only enjoy grinding for better gear. But it’s designed not to make a large impact on WvW.

The stats on the ascended gear isn’t much higher than your regular exotics, but the difference is there and can be put to use in World Vs. World or PvE.

Ascended jewellery is acquired by doing daily achievements, which reward laurels that can be traded along with other crafting materials, world vs. world badges or gold. You can also find ascended rings as a reward inside the Fractals of the Mists dungeon. The back piece is acquired though tokens rewarded from running Fractals of the Mists and is upgraded through the mystic forge along with other FotM related materials.

Once you have the ascended items you can then upgrade the ascended slot on them with agony resistance upgrades – again received through FotM unique material drops – gaining extra benefits depending if you chose the offensive or defensive type of ascended item (or utility type which is for amulets only, increasing magic/gold find)

FotM was designed as a dynamic dungeon, with each run being a random choice of 3 out of 9 levels (with more planned to be added in future). With 80 difficulty levels to progress through, every so many adding some new mechanics and challenges to the battles. On top of that, Agony is applied by certain enemy attacks which is absolutely deadly without agony resistance. So you need to upgrade your gear as you progress in difficulty to resist the damage.

Getting to level 80 in FotM is not something you can do in a relatively short period of time. It will take months of playing to get 1 single character geared enough just to be able to handle it. This will only increase further in the future as new ascended gear, difficulty levels and better agony upgrades are added.

So in short, they have actually made a way to allow potentially limitless progression in one area of PvE without effecting the rest of the game for people who are against being forced to grind to compete (like me).

 

Rift was my first mmo …. ever , and i love it , going to jump back into it when it goes f2p …

I’ve put around 3-400 hours into gw2 in around 4 months after mates got me into it, and ive played through prob around half the content on offer , it is starting to get a tad boring and repetative , but thats understandable with the time i put into it lol…

Theres a fair bit of stuff to do , and having 2 level 80′s to switch between (3rd on the way :P ) keeps me entertained most the time.

Must say though , running around leveling up the first time was pretty dam boring ,took me a good chunk of time to actually start enjoying and liking the game, doesnt feel like that much of a grind though , getting to 80 and learning all the end game stuff has been the most fun for me. Running around with a bunch of mates in wvw or doing dungeons and fracs.

If my clan mates did’nt play though i would definantly not play it as much…for $50 though i’d say it’s definantly worth a shot , i’ve got my moneys worth out of it. Just have to give it a chance imo as the first 10-15 hours pretty much sucked for me.

If your going to give it a go though , find a large , active guild or some mates to play with or it will bore you imo.

 

Sounds good enough so I’m getting the client now and I’ll try it next time they have a free weekend.

Not sure how I’ll go with grouping and joining a guild – a young family means I might get some hours here and there in and then nothing for a few days. From what you’ve all said solo play is sort of out so hopefully I’d just be able to pick-up groups when I’m on.

Thanks for the feedback.

 
Village idiot

kendrite,

Solo play is definitely not out in GW2. You can spend many a hour levelling and playing solo. World group events don’t require a party – just follow the Zerg and enjoy.

You can also join multiple guilds (5 I think), but can only represent one at a time.

I’m in the same boat as you, with a young family and not much game time anymore. im still enjoying the game and it probably suits our playstyles more than the hardcore gamers. There are plenty of understanding guilds out there. If you end up on sea of sorrows send me a pm and ill sort something out.

 
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