Lunar New Year 2023 Is Live

Lunar New Year 2023 Is Live

The annual Lunar New Year festival is in full swing in Divinity’s Reach! Tyrians are celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit with fireworks, games, delicious Canthan food, and prizes. This yearly festival is now live and will be available until January 31. You can check out all the details in the full release notes on our official forums.

This festival is accessible to players of any level. Even if you’re brand new to the game, you can easily take part in our Lunar New Year activities and earn new cosmetic unlocks, utility items, and more! Read on for a quick rundown of the activities you can participate in during this festival and the rewards you can earn!

Rewards

Lunar New Year activities will reward you with Essences of Luck, items that can either be consumed to permanently increase your account’s magic find attribute or be used as a currency at Lunar New Year festival vendors at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach. You’ll also earn other currencies—such as the Token of the Celestial Champion from the Celestial Challenge—that can be exchanged for Lucky Envelopes.

Lucky Envelopes are containers that are affected by your account’s magic find attribute. Increase your magic find for chances at better rewards when opening them. Lucky Envelopes can contain additional Essences of Luck, valuable trophies that you can sell to vendors for cash, and a chance at rare weapons, armor, and more. This year, every Lucky Envelope has a chance to grant you the Lucky Rabbit Lantern. Get that magic find up and open as many envelopes as you can!

Completing daily and annual achievements will allow you to earn new weapons, armor, and more! Check the Achievements pane in your Hero panel and navigate to the Daily Lunar New Year and Festivals sections for more information.

Where to Go

The Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach is your hub for Lunar New Year festivities. Check your in-game mail for an Invitation to Lunar New Year and double-click the item to teleport instantly to Divinity’s Reach.

Activities

Celestial Challenge

Speak to the Celestial Challenge Attendant at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to begin the Celestial Challenge, a series of activities that will require you to take down enemies, race through checkpoints, perform feats of jumping mastery, and more. The more activities you successfully complete during the event, the greater your rewards at the end.

Dragon Ball Arena

Speak to Finola at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to enter the Dragon Ball Arena. This dodgeball-like PvP game mode is a race to the finish, with the first team of five players to reach five hundred points claiming victory. Collect power-ups throughout the arena to gain access to new skills, zip around the arena with zip pads and jump pads, and master the art of the Dragon Sphere.

Mount Racing

Race around Divinity’s Reach! You don’t need to have any mounts unlocked to take place in this race—a nearby rental service is available to rent a raptor for just 10 silver.

Firecracker Lighting

Speak to the firecracker-lighting NPC at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to start this seasonal adventure. Use your mastery of the world to quickly navigate through the streets of Divinity’s Reach and light all the firecrackers! Gliding, mounts, anything goes—just don’t use any waypoints, or your progress will be reset!

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Guild Wars 2 Minimum System Requirements Update

Hello, all,

As many of you know, we have been working on implementing and improving support for DirectX 11 in Guild Wars 2. Completing this upgrade will allow us to utilize more modern rendering features, improving both the graphical fidelity and performance of Guild Wars 2. We’re happy to announce that we are now ready to remove the DirectX 9 renderer for Guild Wars 2 and migrate all players to the DirectX 11 renderer.

With this upgrade, we’ll begin adjusting our minimum system requirements to include a DirectX 11-compatible GPU on February 6. This upgrade will roll out to all players over an eight-week period. We expect the process to be completed and all players to be migrated to the DirectX 11 client by April 18.

After the rollout has been completed, you will no longer be able to launch the game with DirectX 9. Players with systems that are not compatible with DirectX 11 will need to either upgrade their hardware to include a DirectX 11-compatible GPU or use a cloud gaming service such as NVIDIA GeForce NOW to continue playing Guild Wars 2.

DirectX 11 was originally released in 2009, and nearly any GPU released since then should support it. However, if you’d like to double-check your system for compatibility, doing so is simple:

In Windows, select Start and enter “dxdiag” into the search box on the taskbar.
Then, select dxdiag from the results.
Once the tool has opened, navigate to the “Display 1” section.
On the right side of this panel, under the “Drivers” section, check the “Feature Levels” listed for your display.
If your “Feature Levels” list contains “11_0” or higher, your GPU is DirectX 11-compatible.

Thank you,
—The Guild Wars 2 Team

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Gem Store Update: Tranquil Moon Chair

Gem Store Update: Tranquil Moon Chair

Tranquil Moon Chair

Playing among the stars is easy when you’ve got your own portable star field. Lounge in style with this snazzy moon-shaped chair!

This item will unlock a new chair in your account wardrobe. Chairs can be found under the Novelties menu in your Hero panel. Resting in a chair for 5 minutes will grant you a one-hour bonus to experience gained in the open world.

Discounts

For the next week, we’re offering a 20% discount on the following items:

Home Instance Nodes

These items add permanent gathering nodes to your home instance. You can take advantage of these new nodes once per day for easy access to basic crafting materials.

Basic Cloth Rack
Basic Harvesting Node Pack
Basic Leather Rack
Basic Lumber Node Pack
Basic Ore Node Pack

Waypoint Unlock Packages

Take your newest alt on a speedy tour of all your favorite places in Tyria! Purchase the Waypoint Unlock Box, the Central Tyria Waypoint Unlock Package, and the Expansion Waypoint Unlock Package now to unlock waypoints across the world!

Seasonal Swap

Starting this Friday, look for the following items to be added to the Gem Store at a 20% discount:

Phoenix Light Armor Skin
Magitech Medium Armor Skin
Braham’s Heavy Armor Skin

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Lunar New Year 2023 Is Next Week!

Lunar New Year 2023 Is Next Week!

The annual Lunar New Year festival begins next week! Tyrians are celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit with fireworks, games, delicious Canthan food, and prizes. The Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach will be lit up with traditional Canthan decorations and will be your party hub to usher in the new year.

During the three weeks of the festival, you’ll be able to participate in various activities and minigames only available during the celebration. There’s something available for everyone—from the competitive, dodgeball-like Dragon Ball game mode to the agility-focused Celestial Challenge.

By participating in Lunar New Year events, you’ll be able to earn loads of luck, which can be used to permanently increase the magic find bonus of your account. Magic find allows you earn higher-quality loot from foes, and bonuses to magic find obtained from luck are permanent and account wide.

We’ll have more information about the returning activities and this year’s rewards available next week. As always, the full release notes will be available on the official forums.

Happy new year, Tyria!

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Guild Wars 2 Winter Sales Are Here!

Guild Wars 2 Winter Sales Are Here!

Celebrate the Wintersday spirit and treat your friends and family—or yourself—to the gift of Guild Wars 2.

Guild Wars 2 Expansion Sales

The following discounted items are available from now until January 5 on the official Guild Wars 2 website and participating retailers listed below.

Guild Wars 2—The Complete Collection

Experience the entire dragon cycle saga from beginning to end with Guild Wars 2—The Complete Collection. This bundle contains all three expansions and all purchasable Living World episodes to date.

You’ll also get two Level-80 Boosts, allowing you instantly level up two characters and jump straight into our latest content, with two Shared Inventory Slots to easily share items with every character on your account.

This collection is available now at a 20% discount during the Winter Sale for $79.99 USD.

Guild Wars 2—All Expansions Collection

Begin your journey to discover the secrets of the Elder Dragons in the Heart of Maguuma, where a Pact fleet has gone down in flames on their way to confront the jungle dragon, Mordremoth. Travel to the Crystal Desert to stop the god of fire and war from destroying Tyria in his arrogance. Finally, discover how a new cycle begins in the land of Cantha.

The Standard Edition includes all three Guild Wars 2 expansions, along with a Shared Inventory Slot and a Level-80 Boost to help your character get started in Cantha. (This collection does not include Living World Seasons 2 through 5.)

This collection is available now at a 30% discount during the Winter Sale for $34.99 USD.

Expansion 3—Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons™

The future of Cantha is now. The dragon cycle that has sustained and blighted Tyria for ages is collapsing. Mortal hearts and choices will define this moment in history—and echo in the future forever. Unlock new elite specializations, Masteries, and more, including access to fishing and skiffs.

This expansion is available now for $23.99 USD, a 20% discount.

Expansions 1 and 2—Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ & Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™

Unlock mounts, gliding, and more with the first two expansions for Guild Wars 2. This package grants you access to a new profession, the revenant, as well as eighteen elite specializations to change the way you play. Experience the joy of movement with the best mounts in MMOs.

This expansion bundle is available now for $14.99 USD, a 50% discount.

Third-Party Retailers

You can also purchase these items from the following third-party retailers:

Amazon
Amazon France
Amazon Germany
Amazon Italy
Amazon Spain
Amazon UK
CD Galaxis
GameLiebe
Gamecardsdirect
Hype Games
Key4you

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Studio Update: Happy Wintersday from the Guild Wars 2 Team

Studio Update: Happy Wintersday from the Guild Wars 2 Team

Before we head out for our annual holiday break and bid farewell to 2022, we want to take a few moments to celebrate the past year and extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, our players, for making it all possible.

2022 was a fantastic year for Guild Wars 2, and it started off with a bang. On February 28, we released our third expansion, Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons™, which brought a climactic end to the elder dragon saga (spoiler!). The team poured their heart and soul into bringing a reimagined Cantha to life, and in the end, we delivered an experience that we’re incredibly proud of.

But the expansion is just one part of this year’s story. Living World Season 1—which had previously been unplayable for over eight years—returned as a free and permanent addition to the base game. We delivered significant quality-of-life gameplay improvements for both new players and veterans, with more to come. We made considerable progress on long-term initiatives like the DirectX11 upgrade and WvW World Restructuring, and we renewed our focus on regularly refreshing key gameplay systems like combat. And we released Guild Wars 2 on Steam, putting Tyria on the map for an entirely new group of gamers.

We’ve also reinforced our commitment to being transparent and communicating regularly with all of you, with regular studio updates, quarterly roadmaps, and balance preview livestreams. In the background, we’ve been working quietly on our next content update, and we began early development on our fourth expansion. In the midst of everything, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Guild Wars 2‘s original release—an achievement only made possible by the support of our community.

All of this paid off in a big way. Back in April, we reported that our active player count had more than doubled over the past few years and that Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons had already outsold our previous expansion, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™. Today, we’re excited to share a new accomplishment. This year we’ve already seen more players venture into Tyria for the first time since 2015— the year we made the base game content playable for free and launched our first expansion, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™. This has been one of the best years for Guild Wars 2 in recent memory, and we’re eager to keep building on that momentum.

We’ll be back early next year to talk about our Q1 plans, which include wrapping up the DirectX11 transition, continuing work on World vs. World, upgrading our in-game browser technology from Coherent to Chromium Embedded Framework, and of course new Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons content. We’re also looking forward to sharing our long-term vision and plans for the game.

Thank you all for a fantastic 2022. Let’s do it again next year.
Have a wonderful Wintersday!
—The Guild Wars 2 Team

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