Just this evening (For GMT, that is), ArenaNet has announced this to be a week of Human related Guild Wars 2 news! All signs point towards this new slew of information satisfying the expectations of lore hounds and art devourers alike. Even audio snippets are to be awaited. /yes, /grin.
Straight from the ArenaNet blog, the postings will include –
- Tuesday – In a blog post full of cool audio clips of the background conversations between human NPCs, writer John Ryan will show how writing and sound design bring the human story to life in Guild Wars 2. This dialogue, overheard by your character in the human areas, really expands and fleshes out the world in a way that simple quest text can’t.
- Wednesday – Character art team lead Aaron Coberly discusses the current state of human character design in this blog post, which features some great examples of the range of armor and clothing available to human characters in Guild Wars 2.
- Thursday – We’re updating the human page on GW2.com with new background detail authored by Jeff Grubb, new wallpapers, and a brand-new video tour of the human homeland.
- Friday – Lore and Continuity Designer Ree Soesbee explores the tension and balance of power between the three main armed factions in Kryta – the Seraph, the Ministry Guard, and the Shining Blade in this intriguing blog post.
I enjoyed the dialogue blogpost by Bobby Stein in August last year, and I was hoping for a follow-up to that sometime this year. We won’t have to wait long, it seems, as we’ll be getting more insight into the background audio and dialogue of Guild Wars 2 tomorrow. Sweet. Maybe we’ll also get some Jeremy Soule samples?
I’m greatly looking forward to the armour and clothing blog, and I bet someone else is, aswell. The art assets of Guild Wars 1 were great, but I’m sure those in the sequel will allow for more freedom and experimentation with armour and clothing. Can’t wait to see what the artists have come up with.
For those interested in lore (myself included), it seems that Thursday and Friday will be focused on the history and environment of Kryta and Divinty’s Reach. New information on the Ministry Guard, the Seraph and the Shining Blade will be published, too. It’ll be interesting to see how the latter two have developed since the War in Kryta.
Definitely looks to be an exciting week.