After years of waiting, ArenaNet finally released something new about Guild Wars 2. It’s a trailer and it’s a beautiful thing to see. The beginning of the video highlights concept artwork, and then it fades into actual game scenes. If you’re familiar with Guild Wars lore, there shouldn’t be too many surprises here. The game looks amazing. The trailer was impressive. I carefully analyzed the content. But unfortunately, it left me with more questions than answers.
If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can try heading over to guildwars2.com to check it out. For convenience, and detailed analysis, I created a transcript.
Tyria, the dragons have always been here… sleeping deep beneath the earth… beneath the sea… waiting for the time to rise. 100 years ago the drowned empire of Orr rose from the sea at a dragon’s command. A dragon who’s name is written in the legends of the Dwarves. A dragon known as Zhaitan. His soulless armies surge from the waters, hungry for destruction. Our ancestors fought against the tide, but Zhaitan’s power was too great. We have learned from those defeats. We learned that no single nation can fight alone and succeed. The five races must stand together against the ???? and refuse to surrender. Heroes come together in glory, discovering new magic, new technology that will save our world. It is time for legends to become real. Now is the time! Claim your destiny! Forge your legend!
I really like the trailer, but there are things that bother me. The Charr are supposed to be allies in the sequel. I hate the Charr. I didn’t forget what I wrote in my “Could Gwen Forgive The Charr?” article. Gwen might have forgiven them, but I haven’t. Which means, I may not even be playing Guild Wars 2. This really frustrates me, but I’m a man of my word. On one side, there’s really awesome graphics. On the other, there’s the wacky lore. I’m still not convinced that the Charr should be my friends. To me, Charr are still KOS – KILL ON SITE. If I have to group with Charr, if I see them running around in my Guild Hall, I’m not interested in playing.
Here’s another question – Why would Jeff Strain leave ArenaNet now, just when things are starting to get good again?
Here’s a third question – Why now? ArenaNet was silent for years. Aion is about to be released. Why did ArenaNet choose to release this video now? Are they close to release? Why just artwork? Why not some game details? Can I jump? Can I swim? Will there be 1000 different skills?
My feelings are mixed about this moment. I was impressed with the graphics and the music. Wow, it sounded awesome. Yet, Charr and Humans don’t mix – not for me. This video clearly shows ArenaNet’s vision for the game. It clearly shows the Charr aligned with Humans. That whole burning the homeland, slavery and murder thing, it doesn’t matter? GUILD WARS… the game is called Guild Wars. Why can’t I simply make a guild and wage war against the Charr… noooooo noooo noooo… I have to fight the Undead and Dragons!
What do you think? Did you enjoy the video and the direction for Guild Wars 2?