Episode 4 of Living World Season 4, A Star To Guide Us, has just been announced for Guild Wars 2 and will be released on Tuesday 18th September! The previous episode, Long Live The Lich was released 3 months ago and now it’s time to embark on the next chapter of the adventure!
The third chapter of GW2 Living World Season 4 will be released tonight (26th June)! The previous chapter, A Bug in the System was released back in February, so I’m sure we are all ready to continue the journey… I know I am! You can watch the “Long Live the Lich” release trailer here!
The next chapter of Living World was announced last night! This will be the second chapter for Living World Season 4 and will be released on Tuesday 6th March. If you haven’t seen the “A Bug in the System” release trailer, check it out here! It looks like Braham and Rox are going to feature heavily in this chapter, and it looks like it could be an eerie one.
The first episode for Living World Season 4 was brought to Guild Wars 2 on Tuesday. I didn’t manage to play this on release due to work commitments, but I managed to finish the story this weekend and now I feel like I’m ready to talk about it.
As with the LWS3 episodes, Daybreak came with a new explorable map, Domain of Istan. This area can be found on the very south of the map:
I’ve not fully completed this area yet, but I like it’s layout and environment. There is quite a lot of water with pirates to the north, but my favourite has to be the Arbitrary – it’s beautiful.
There’s also a new mastery “Volatile Magic Resonance” which can be found under the Crystal Champion Path of Fire Mastery line. This costs two mastery points, and on completion allows you to collect Volatile Magic throughout the Domain of Istan (similar to Unbound Magic in Bloodstone Fen). Volatile Magic is the map’s specified currency.
Moving onto the story: I did enjoy the story for the opening episode, and I’m looking forward to what happens next. My only issue is that the story instances play as though I should be partied in a group with other players as the fights are far too overwhelming for one player. It’s not that they’re difficult as such, there are just way too many things to avoid or you become stun locked and die. The story characters do contribute to the fights, but they do not take aggro of the enemies leaving you to take damage from everything. If for any reason you have to retreat, all the enemies will chase you, and your “allies” will also run after you without attacking the enemies as you yourself aren’t damaging them.
Besides that, I loved the progression and variation between open world and story instances similar to the style of Path of Fire and to me this story felt longer than the episodes in LWS3 were. I won’t spoil any of the story, but it was easy to follow and an interesting start to the journey ahead. I’m definitely looking forward to episode 2 and to where we will end up next.
On the 28th November 2017, Living World Season 4 is set to return to Guild Wars 2 with the first Episode: Daybreak! If you haven’t seen the release trailer for this Episode yet, follow the link to the official Twitter announcement post. Please note, this may contain spoilers for those who haven’t completed the Path of Fire story yet.
Although Living World Season 4 was announced last week, the announcement of the first Episode: Daybreak was only released earlier today. I’ve recently had a break from Guild Wars, but now I’m feeling excited again with the news of this episode and maybe this is just what I need to get back into it!
I’m actually more excited about this than I was about Path of Fire as I loved Living World Season 3 and how the story progressed over time. I’m also eager to see where the next instalment of the story takes us. For me, the PoF story seemed more like a sub-episode, so I’m really looking forward to the story after seeing the ending scene of PoF!
I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with Kralkatorrik as I really enjoyed the “Edge of Destiny” book telling the story of Destiny’s Edge and their battle with him. I also hope to see plenty of Aurene and see how far she has come.
The Living World Season 4 content will be free upon release. Logging into the game will claim the most recent story episode for free. However, you will need to have purchased the Path of Fire expansion to be able to play the content (but you can always claim it now and buy the expansion later). Apparently a new Raid and Fractal level will also be released with the Living World update!
Hopefully the return of Living World will get me back into playing the game as I did feel a little disappointed after the PoF release. Wintersday will also be returning soon, but I’ll talk more about that when we have solid dates announced.