It’s been a decent amount of time since Guild Wars 2 has seen an expansion release. Though 2 years is not an outrageous amount of time between expansions, players are clamoring for more content beyond the regularly paced updates that ArenaNet has faithfully committed to. Guild Wars 2 is relatively unique in the implementation of its “Living Story” mechanic, but an expansion scheduled for a Fall 2017 release will allow the company to capitalize on a resurgence of their playbase.
During a Flashpoint AMA on Reddit yesterday, Mike O’Brien confirmed that an expansion pack is in the works and is currently scheduled for a Fall 2017 release:
“We announced that today’s episode, Flashpoint, is the second-to-last episode of the season. Yes, that means what you think it means: there’s one more episode after this, and then straight to the expansion pack.
A lot of you have been wondering about the upcoming release cadence, given that last time around we took a long break from Living World releases to get Heart of Thorns out the door and then to support that expansion after release.
The good news is that this time around we have two separate fully-staffed teams that are both hitting on all cylinders. So our rough plan is to slot the expansion pack into the release cadence as if it were an episode: episode 5, then episode 6, then the expansion pack, then episode 1. But we’ll make some allowance for the fact that shipping an expansion pack is a big deal logistically and will probably take longer than the 2~3 months we normally allocate between episodes.”
This official confirmation comes alongside a post on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit that included many assets from what many were assuming to be an upcoming expansion including many new elite professions like Deadeye, Firebrand (Guardian), Spellbreaker, Holosmith, Mirage (Mesmer), Soulbeast (Ranger), Scourge (Necromancer), and Renegade (Revenant).
Also included in the leak were new maps, mounts (yay!), and other exciting new content. Now that we know an expansion is in the works it’s safe to say we’ll likely see this content included in Guild Wwars 2 next expansion!
Guild Wars 2 is available now for PC and was released in 2012 followed by the Heart of Thorns expansion in 2015.
UPDATE: The images from the Guild Wars 2 subreddit have since been deleted, but you can glean what’s coming from the comments if you’re interested.