Just a few days ago on the official Guild Wars 2 website, ArenaNet confirmed that the impending Steam release for its 2012 MMORPG sequel has been indefinitely delayed outside of 2020. Revealed back in August to finally be heading to Valve’s digital distribution platform, the main reason for this delay is so that ArenaNet can properly launch the End of Dragons expansion without issue.
“Our number one priority right now is crafting Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons with the high quality you expect and deserve,” reads the blog post. “Additionally, we’re full speed ahead on delivering an epic climax to The Icebrood Saga that lives up to (and we hope exceeds) previous Living World finales.” As such, the Steam version has been put on hold and will likely be rescheduled for sometime in 2021.
As for what the future holds, ArenaNet will be debuting a trailer for The Icebrood Saga: Champions on November 5, 2020. The End of Dragons expansion isn’t going to release until early 2021, which will possibly coincide with the Steam version. Maybe that isn’t the most concrete of information, but it’s nice that ArenaNet didn’t opt to simply plop a version on Steam and give users a bad experience.
Regarding my history with the series, I played the 2005 original quite a bit before the days of Steam becoming a massive force in the PC gaming circle. By the time Guild Wars 2 was gearing up for release, I skipped out on it as I wanted it on Steam. Even with its older age now, I’m looking forward to finally playing the sequel once it hits Valve’s platform.
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