Are we looking at the first images of the Guild Wars 2 auction house facility?

Half the Internet is currently scouring for every molecule of Guild Wars 2; it is no surprise that eagle-eyed fans are unearthing hidden nuggets of information. Reddit poster buckeye10 captured the images below from a Gameswelt.tv beta video. The “Trading Post” UI images include some interesting sort categories to help with item searches —  Top Valued Items, Top Supplied Items, etc. could be used by the entrepreneur to quickly assess the market. Posting options such as “Meet highest buyer,” “Match lowest seller” and “Add to my lowest listing” are revealed —  though two tabs are left unseen.

Of course, there is no guarantee that this is the interface that we will see in any upcoming beta or even GW2‘s final release. However, it is interesting to see the kind of functionality and design that the team is working towards.

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A veteran MMO player of over 13 years, Scott is a writer, editor and educator with a passion for gaming. He can be found smiling blankly over his guardian in Guild Wars2, lane running in League of Legends, or pulling off audacious headshots in Battlefield 3. Scott is Editor In Chief for ZAM and a regular co-host on GuildCast.
  • http://twitter.com/LordMagtheridon Jānis Taurens

    There’s also a youtube video of some French guys exploring the auction house.
     

    • ScottHawkes

      Thanks Janis, we heard of that video but it’s breaking NDA so we won’t be covering it. Appreciate the info though.

  • http://www.descendantsofhonor.com/ Frank B

    The trading post is looking good to me. Here is a link to an actual video with a better look for those who are interested:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBxHB1Ellnk

  • http://twitter.com/WaylandX JB

    Sweet! Looking good can’t wait to play this!

    • ScottHawkes

       You are one of many feeling that way JB. As am I.

  • http://twitter.com/Grakulen Grakulen

    Any AH is going to be better than TORs.  Except maybe FFXIV.

    • ScottHawkes

       Can’t argue with you there Grak.

  • http://twitter.com/BillMcD Alan

    To quote Mako(bounty hunter companion) “that’s like saying someones slimmer than a Hutt.” It is nice to know that Arenanet is paying attention to detail here.

    • ScottHawkes

       I’m staggered by the consistency of design and common sense from ArenaNet on everything I’ve seen from Guild Wars 2 Alan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Turner/1393966691 Brian Turner

    Ah I love these types of AH where not only people can post sales but people can post wanting to buys and you can sell directly to em.

    • ScottHawkes

       Agreed Brian, it makes the whole experience easier for those who aren’t tradeskill nuts and offers more information for those who know how to really use it.

  • http://twitter.com/Master10K Master10K

    Sometimes it’s just the little things that make a huge difference.

    • ScottHawkes

       True enough M10k, a well designed AH really compliments a lot of MMO aspects.

  • Cyclops07

    Man, if this AH isn’t miles better than SWTOR’s then that would be a major fail because the GTN is really bad

    • ScottHawkes

       Indeed Cy, I think the GTN is functional to a degree, but having to figure out how to search for Orange items (rather than there being a search function ready) is an example of how much work it needs. I do think BioWare will fix it though.

  • 7BitBrian

    Better than TOR’s!? Crap this looks better than WoW’s! Reminds me of the Eve Online Market almost. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

    • ScottHawkes

       If it functions in the way it looks then it really could outperform the basic WoW AH. Of course that’s not including Auctioneer and other mods but still, yet more hopeful signs for GW2,

    • Old Ben

      Better than WoW? That’s a pretty low goal to aim for. WoW’s standard AH interface is prehistoric. EVE is pretty good (conceptually, at least; the actual EVE GUI is a bit clunky, and sadly they don’t let people use or make UI mods).

      I wonder if GW2 will support actual “auction house” functionality (like eBay, where you can make an offer of 100 but still get the item for 85 if no one else bids more than 84) , or if it will be just a “market”, where your offer is exactly the amount you pay, regardless of other offers. That would be the icing on the cake, but would probably add a bit of server load.

  • Zokudu

    I love these new news bits you guys keep putting up. Why not show the pictures in the video though? Wouldn’t it perhaps be worthwhile to toss them up there and maybe dissect them a bit. Dunno I mean the videos are nice but they seem a bit disjointed when I have to unfullscreen it to see what they’re even talking about.

  • Gregg Whitman

    Match lowest lesser? If that is in the game people are going to get soo ripped off. Others can just stack the AH with items selling for 1 copper. Because of the easy of a single button people won’t check the price and lots of people will be selling their items for 1 copper. Thats when the manipulator will go ahead and buy up all the 1 copper items on the AH. It has to be based on average sold item price or a global system item price. You can’t have a button based on single item posts cause that will get taken advantage of with very little effort. Just change the name to the “Charity” button lol.