The quasi-monolithic list of changes to the game as part of today’s Living Story content drop have been released, and there are some pretty big things here. Of note, the next chapter of Flame and Frost has been brought into the game, leaderboards for WvW, sPvP and achievement points have been added, a new WvW leveling system has been implemented, new items have appeared in the gem store and an update to the NCSoft user agreement has been made, requiring all players to re-agree to the agreement prior to getting in game.
The update also includes story instances for the Living World. Those are detailed below, and the rest of the biggest updates are included after the jump. If you’ve got about an hour to kill though, you can read the notes directly by going here.
OPEN WORLD: The Molten Alliance has begun spying on the people of Wayfarer Foothills, Diessa Plateau, the Snowden Drifts, the Plains of Ashford, and the Iron Marches. The Vigil have stationed collectors in these areas to reward adventurers who return logs of all data collected by the enemy.
INSTANCES: Living Story instances telling the stories of both Braham the norn and Rox the charr have been added to the world. In-game mails and achievements have been implemented in order to aid guidance to the relevant locations. These instance locations are marked on the world map with a golden portal marker.
A number of achievements have been added for Living Story, and previous achievements can still be earned.
Leaderboards for World versus World rankings, PvP rankings and total achievement points have been added.
For World vs World, world ranks have been added.
When you participate in World vs. World events and defeat enemy players, you will earn World Experience (WXP). When you earn enough WXP, you’ll unlock World Ranks. Every World Rank earned will come with a World Ability Point, and some ranks can even give you a new World Title. World Ability points can be spent on unique World vs. World abilities.
Along with three new bounty targets, “a new mission type, Guild Bounty Training, is available in Tier 3 of the Art of War line. Completing guild bounty training earns influence for your guild.”
There has also been a huge quickness nerf. Sorry, Mesmers: quickness boost has dropped from 100 percent to 50 percent. Explanation below:
As we push to improve balance in both PvE and PvP, a few mechanics in the game will be receiving updates to promote fun and balanced play. In the past, quickness has granted double the action speed normally available to players. In PvP, this speed gives most players almost no chance to react to incoming abilities and allows for massive spike damage in extremely short periods of time. In PvE, the increased attack speed can trivialize a lot of content that would otherwise provide a good challenge. Therefore, we are reducing the speed that quickness allows by half of its current potential while slightly increasing the duration on player-activated skills.
In the gem store, world transfers to medium-population worlds are free until April 1. Players are still restricted to one transfer per week, however. Additionally, a name change contract has been added for 800 gems, and a “Communal Boost Bonfire” has been added to the gemstore for 500 gems each or five for 1,200 gems.
Place the Communal Boost Bonfire in the world and choose a boost to experience, karma, or magic find. Once the fire is fully stoked, anyone can interact with the bonfire to receive the chosen boost. You can increase the speed at which the fire is stoked by throwing more firewood onto it. Firewood spawns automatically when the boost type is selected.
Fused Weapon skins reminiscent of the Living Story update have also been added to the Black Lion Chest in the form of a weapon claim ticket that can be traded in for one of 16 skins.
The user agreement has also been updated, so any player logging in as of today will be required to agree to the new version prior to getting in-game. The changes are reflected below.
The Guild Wars 2 User Agreement has been updated. As of March 26, 2013, each player is required to accept the amended agreement upon logging in to the game.
Changed “NCsoft” to “NCSOFT” throughout.
Added content to indicate whether the specific agreement applies to an EU or Non-EU player.
Added link to the second regional User Agreement.
Added definition of Guild Wars 2 Account Display Names in Section 1c.
Added references to Guild Wars 2 Account Display Names where relevant.