If this was all planned from the beginning then is there a particular direction that ArenaNet has in regards to where the newest player hub will be? The response is that they are curious how players will resolve the issue of a new player hub. It didn’t sound to me that they have a particular plan in motion for a new one, but more of a response to the player’s choice. They want to see if we will choose a racial city or somewhere else altogether. My thought is that they will respond to the players’ choice and start building around this new hub.
This made me curious about the Dominion of Winds and the Tengu. Will we see a response? Will be learn more? Here the guys opted to remain aloof. They simply stated that there will be some interesting things happening with the Tengu, but not to expect them to make a big reveal. The reaction – which I predicted to be “Not our problem.” and got a laugh out of the guys – will be something that they are eager to see how the players will respond to.
We moved onto the content itself and what will be happening within Lion’s Arch for players to deal with as they discover what exactly is happening. Players will be forced to push their way through a defensive force set up outside each of the entrances to Lion’s Arch, and once inside they will have to save as many people as possible before a deadly miasma effectively forces players out and potentially kills any remaining survivors. To delay this miasma players will be able to partake in “Tri-Kill Events” that require a coordination of three different forces to take out various heavily guarded miasma dispensers. On top of this we will see call backs to previous big bosses like the Molten Berserker that will undoubtedly be a whole new level of difficulty during our campaign to save Lion’s Arch.
Lastly, players will have the opportunity to gather up heirlooms that are hidden all throughout the map. These heirlooms can be traded in at the Refugee Camps for rewards based on how many heirlooms you have. It’ll take some serious exploration to find all the heirlooms, and who knows what secrets you may also find along the way.
One thing to keep in mind is that we will see some NPCs die. Lion’s Arch is under attack and being pumped with a deadly miasma. Coming soon we’ll see ArenaNet talk more about this through their Facebook. We might just even see exact details of who will live and who will die. Keep an eye on their Facebook and be prepared to see the end of a character you may love.