ArenaNet have officially announced the release of the next episode of Living World Season 3 on May 2nd! I have been waiting for this for weeks as it will have been 12 weeks between the release of episode 4 “Head of the Snake” and episode 5 “Flashpoint”.
If you haven’t seen the trailer for Flashpoint, you can see it here:
Living World Season 3 started July 26th 2016 with the first episode “Out of Shadows”. All these episodes have been free for everyone who logs into Guild Wars 2 anytime during the period where that episode has been the most recent release. Unfortunately if you’ve missed an episode I’m not sure if you’ll be able to get it before they put it up in the gem store for purchase like they did with Living World Season 2.
These episodes have each been released with a new area for you to explore. Some of these areas provide great event chains, bosses and farming runs such as the favoured leather farm in Lake Doric (which was released with episode 4). I’m not sure if you can play episodes if you don’t own the one before, but you have to own Heart of Thorns to be able to play them even though you can receive the episodes for free without the HoT expansion.
As you can see by my terribly edited map (it was too big to screenshot in one take), I have numbered the areas that were released with each episode, showing where they are.
- Bloodstone Fen – Released with Episode 1 “Out of Shadows” (July 26th 2016 – Sept 18th 2016).
- Ember Bay – Released with Episode 2 “Rising Flames” (Sept 19th 2016 – Nov 20th 2016).
- Bitterfrost Frontier – Released with Episode 3 “A Crack in the Ice” (Nov 21st 2016 – Feb 7th 2017).
- Lake Doric – Released with Episode 4 “Head of the Snake” (Feb 8th 2017 – May 1st 2017).
These areas all count towards the HoT mastery system, so all experience in these areas will add towards those Heart of Maguuma mastery levels. Mastery insights and achievements awarding mastery points are also in these areas as well as new perks being released with every episode that can be found in the Ancient Magics mastery path.
I’m really looking forward to playing this episode as I’ve been waiting for what seems like ages! Originally ArenaNet said they were going to release and episode every 6 – 8 weeks, but like I said, this will have been 12… That’s way too long considering I completed the episode 4 story the day after it was released.
I won’t give any spoilers in case some of you haven’t played them yet, but I’m liking the story so far and I’m interested in seeing where the new area will be and what it will be like.
At the end of the trailer it states there will be 2 more episodes to come, so enjoy them while they last as it will soon all be over… Although obviously you can play them again. And don’t forget about the current events that are still being updated, the most recent being the Feb 22nd update where you can complete a story mission to unlock an ascended Caladbolg weapon (Greatsword, Sword Dagger, Scepter and Shield). You can unlock all 5 by purchasing them with unbound magic too after you’ve completed the side story (this story can only be played after completing the HoT story).
That’s all for now, hope you all enjoy the episode and the content when it’s released on May 2nd. Have fun!