Yesterday, Eurogamer reported that Guild Wars 2 lead content designer Mike Zadorojny stated in an interview that ArenaNet is not currently looking to make an expansion for the game. Here’s the quote:
“So right now we’re not really looking at expansions as an option,” lead content designer Mike Zadorojny told me on his visit to London last week.
“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.”
I pressed him to tell me whether there would be a Guild Wars 2 expansion this year and he shook his head to indicate no. What about next year, I asked?
“If we do this right,” he answered, “we will probably never do an expansion and everything will be going into this Living World strategy.”
Colin Johanson later followed up on the official forums with another message that clarified what was said during the interview a little. Keep reading to take a look.
Originally posted by Colin Johanson (Source)
Just to clarify a bit, as Mike said there are numerous teams beyond our Living World teams, and some of them are working on much longer term projects which we’ll go into details on much further down the road.
It’s entirely possible some of the types of content which you might traditionally find in expansions would be released through an expansion in the future for Gw2, and it’s possible we’d try something different when it comes to integrating those type of releases.
We have no final plans one way or another about expansions at this time, and certainly haven’t ruled them out, it’s something we’ll discuss more in the future.
Edited to add: Our primary focus right now is on making the core Gw2 experience as strong and compelling as possible, we’ll release a blog post later this month detailing more specifically our plans for Gw2 in the second half of 2013.
While the prospect of receiving expansion-type content every two weeks does sound pretty alluring, many Guild Wars 2 fans are concerned with the idea that we may not see updates that are larger than the ones we’ve been seeing. What about new races, level increases, or large maps full of permanent content?