This just in!
We have just received word from a reliable source within ArenaNet that a console version of Guild Wars 2 has been CONFIRMED!
That’s right, folks! You heard it here first!
There is no confirmed release date as of yet, but it has been confirmed that Guild Wars 2 will be on the Xbox Kinect, the Wii U and the PS3 Move, and we’ve got all the details!
- The game has been optimised for motion-based control to put you at the heart of the action.
- Downloadable content will be available from release, including one piece titled ‘Utopia‘.
- Players on the console will be able to seamlessly interact with those on the computer version. If they can move quick enough, they may even have an advantage over the old-fashioned mouse clickers.
- Make your story truly personal by responding during cutscenes with your own voice.
- Too lazy to move? Shout out the name of any skill (exception to Elite skills – see below) to activate it. Note: this only works with a West American accent.
- The Wii U controller makes for a clean, easy interface.
So by now I bet you’re wondering what playing the game is going to be like on the console version of Guild Wars 2? Well, we have some exciting news on this front. Due to the limited nature of controllers for consoles, ArenaNet (being the innovating company that they are) have come up with a range unique ways of controlling the game for consoles. Sharing the entire list would take an eternity, so we’ve picked a few of our favourite innovations.
Xbox 360 (controller)
Healing skill – To use this skill, press B repeatedly in Morse code to spell the word ‘heal’ (which is dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dash, dot, dash, dot, dot). We recommend beginning this sequence before you take damage otherwise you may not cast it in time to save yourself. If you forget the sequence and delay pressing B a second time, you will activate the ‘/wave’ emote
Xbox 360 (Kinect)
Dodge – To dodge in the computer version, you use V. To dodge in the Xbox 360 version, you simply scream as loudly as you can whilst running away from your television, preferably hiding behind a sofa for a maximum chance to dodge. The game will detect that you’re no longer present and assume you intend to dodge. We think there’s a massive bonus to this – whenever you leave the room whilst playing for whatever reason, you don’t have to worry about pausing the game for fearing of dying!
Use Elite skill – To use the Elite skill you have equipped, simply shout the phrase “It’s over nine thousand!”
PS3 Move & Wii U
Dancing Dagger (thief weapon skill) – All weapon skills have been given their own unique movement action. One we particularly enjoyed was this thief skill, where the thief throws a dagger at the target. To perform this skill, the player simply throws their controller at a supplied target ring, which will bounce the controller back if it lands successfully. If not – well, let’s just say you need to improve your aim!
Well, that’s it for our preview into the upcoming console version of Guild Wars 2. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more details come along, but for now, we leave you with this last piece of information: the console version won’t be out for at least another year, but exactly 12 months from today we can expect the first beta. See you then!
Written by Valiant and Ananamoose, with additional thanks to Dutch Sunshine, CorruptDropbear and Gmr Leon.