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Old 01-11-06, 11:11 PM   #1
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Bellevue, Wash., Jan. 10, 2006 — NCsoft®, the world's leading developer and publisher of online computer games, announces Guild Wars®: Factions™, the next chapter in the critically acclaimed Guild Wars franchise from ArenaNet® studios. The Factions campaign will release in the second quarter of 2006. It offers players an incredible gameplay experience with many new choices, including new regions, professions, skills, missions, and monsters, along with expanded options for both Cooperative and Player-versus-Player (PvP) play, and enhanced features for guilds.

Players will get their first chance to experience the new campaign when ArenaNet opens its servers to everyone for the Guild Wars: Factions Global Free-for-All PvP Weekend. This worldwide event—scheduled for January 20 through 22—is open to both existing Guild Wars players and to those who do not have a Guild Wars account. ArenaNet is distributing free access keys to the event at http://www.guildwars.com.

http://www.guildwars.com/press/pr13-10-01-06.html good news imo
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Old 01-11-06, 11:13 PM   #2
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MMORPG forum announcement!

As seen on TV!

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Old 01-12-06, 12:15 AM   #3
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Nice marketing on their part. That is going to be one crazy weekend if anything goes wrong though!
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Old 01-12-06, 12:57 AM   #4
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This is awesome! This game keeps getting better and better! New classes (at least the assasasin) sounds sweet! I'm really excited to see how they pull off the thief class in this game.

I wonder if it's going to be a free, downloaded-once-logged in expansion or if it's a pay one. I have no problem paying, that's for sure. This game has proved to me that it's worth every penny I put into the CE so far.
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Old 01-12-06, 01:00 AM   #5
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http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/guild-wars-.../680914p1.html

Just found this interview. Apparently, it's a stand alone expansion.

EDIT: This is frickin' awesome. Man, I love these guys.

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That's when he segues into describing Factions. "Factions is a stand-alone expansion for Guild Wars." he says. "Players will be able to purchase Factions and have a lot of fun with it without having to purchase the original game. Of course, those players who do have both will have the benefit of being able to cross back and forth between them, bringing items and abilities across and having access to much more content." Strain uses the card game Magic: The Gathering as a metaphor for the way ArenaNet sees the development of the Guild Wars franchise. "Magic: The Gathering keeps re-inventing itself with each new edition and players are never forced to buy older cards to stay competitive. They can always enjoy a one edition game -- Factions will do that for Guild Wars. What Factions-only players will miss out on is some of the richness that comes from mixing different editions together."
EDIT 2: Well, no raise on the level cap it seems. Though the article further explains that assassins will be able to dual wield and use stealth and the Ritualist is a big-time summoner. Plus, they said they plan on having two retail expansions a year, each with whole new areas, skills, campaigns and two new classes per.

It'd be really sweet if they did something like D&D has with the epic levels and/or prestige classes, but how they would, I don't know, since we're not constrained to the skills we can use. Any Warrior skill can be used by any Warrior, etc.
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Old 01-12-06, 02:54 PM   #6
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holy hell. i love this game. i dont play games nearly as much as i used to, but GW doesnt ever dissappoint. holy moley, holey moley, holey moley
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Old 01-12-06, 11:35 PM   #7
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I just hope the new chapter has a story that was not written by a 13-year old. And as for role-playing content, you actually get to make ONE choice in the game - the faction you want to belong to! It's not much, but hey, it's a start in trying to fulfil its claim of being a "Role Playing Game".

I'm still going to pre-order it though ... I think it's a fantastic co-operative and competitive action/adventure game
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I have and play GuildWars and they put just about as much info as they did in the press release in the in-game news. What's still missing is where I have to be at what time to get a key and download the client. The 20th-22nd but do we need to sign up or something?
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I have and play GuildWars and they put just about as much info as they did in the press release in the in-game news. What's still missing is where I have to be at what time to get a key and download the client. The 20th-22nd but do we need to sign up or something?
Heh... I was wondering the same thing... says guildwars.com... but I can't find anything about signing up for the weekend anywhere :\.
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Heh... I was wondering the same thing... says guildwars.com... but I can't find anything about signing up for the weekend anywhere :\.
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