Guild Wars 2 Will Probably Not Have Standalone Expansion Packs

Guild Wars 2 is unlikely to ever get an expansion pack. The reason for this isn’t because developer ArenaNet doesn’t have plans to expand the game—on the contrary, the studio is intent on releasing content every couple of weeks instead of working on larger releases.

The first Guild Wars saw the release of multiple standalone expansion packs, and offered very little in the way of free content expansions throughout its lifespan. It racked over 6 million in sales over its lifespan, attributing many of its sales to standalone expansions.

“So right now we’re not really looking at expansions as an option,” said the game’s lead content designer Mike Zadorojny in an interview with Eurogamer.

“It’s something that’s on the table but it’s not something we’re focused on, because what we want to do is – our idea here is that with Living World, we can do what expansions would have done but do it on a more regular basis.”

“If we do this right, we will probably never do an expansion and everything will be going into this Living World strategy.”

In contrast to the first game, Guild Wars 2 has something called the aforementioned “Living World” that sees new content added once to twice a month in a discrete fashion that blends into the existing game.

“This allows us to have this world that’s changing and evolving and essentially goes into what television does: stay tuned next week when something exciting is going to happen.”

“We want [Living World] to be our avenue for changing the face of Tyria.”

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1 Comment on Guild Wars 2 Will Probably Not Have Standalone Expansion Packs


On July 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm

They said the same thing about Guild Wars I, yet we did eventually get Eye of the North, an official expansion.

I am not too fussed, the system worked for Guild Wars I even though much of the early content was super easy for your high level characters. But with Guild Wars II dynamic leveling feature the same early content for the standalone addons will not be quite so easy thus more enjoyable and worth the money.

I hope we get more Guild Wars II next year, best sixty euro I have ever spent on a game.