Colin Johanson spoke with MMORPG.com last week and dropped some information regarding the upcoming guild missions in Guild Wars 2. Scheduled to arrive in the February game update, guild missions will fill a content gap that actually gives players a reason to get together and play with their guilds.
Guilds will research missions that they can activate, which will create open world content for them (and others) to enjoy. Parts of the mission can only be completed by the guild that spawned them, but there are also components that anyone can assist with. Content created by a guild will often feature a banner with the guild’s name and emblem displayed, which is a great for gaining server reputation and helping with recruitment.
Mr. Johanson described one type of guild mission called a “guild rush”. During a guild rush, members of the guild are challenged with completed an objective a certain number of times before time runs out. Success grants the guild with a reward token that can be traded in for guild-wide bonuses. Any guild member who helps with the guild rush will get a new type of guild reward that will be implemented in the next game update. In addition, anyone who participates in the guild rush will receive a personal reward regardless of their guild affiliation.
One example of a guild reward mentioned in the interview was lower waypoint costs for the entire guild. There’s also a toy that can transform you into your guild’s banner, which can be gained as a personal reward.
When guild missions are first introduced they will be strictly PvE and will occur entirely in the open world. ArenaNet is open, however, to possibly introducing guild missions in other areas of the game going forward.
In summary, it looks like guild will be able to create content in the open world for themselves and others to enjoy and there are incentives for doing so on an individual and guild level. It’s hard to argue with more content and more rewards!
Don’t forget to check out the full interview for information on other features coming in the February update and let us know what you think about guild missions in the comments section below!