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Warclaw Delay and Layoffs?
Delyndia

February 27, 2019

Today ArenaNet put out a post on their official Guild Wars 2 forums with information on the delay of the update for the Warclaw and recent layoffs. You can click here to read there post or you can stay here and read my short version.

So first the Warclaw.

Basically the Warclaw was delayed because of the layoffs they made and they will be re-evaluateing their schedules “to make sure that our releases are realistic and allow us the time to make sure they hit our internal quality bar.”

SO… now to the layoffs, this will be a lot off quoting.

On ArenaNet’s post they said “The studio has recently been affected by layoffs, which is going to take some time to process. There’s no easy way for any team to adjust to that. We’ve had to say goodbye to friends and colleagues that we’ve worked alongside for years. We’re welcoming back some familiar faces to the Guild Wars 2 team that had been working on unannounced projects. After all is said and done, it’s going to take some time for us to adjust to our staffing changes.”

Okay yeah, ArenaNet has let go of some of their employees and it is taking effect on there release of the Warclaw.

OKAY…yes I was really looking forward to the Warclaw, and i’m really bummed out about the update for it being delayed.

So why are they laying off their employees, this is what I found.  According to Kotaku, article on February 21, 2019, the CEO of NCSoft West which owns ArenaNet stated:

“Our live game business revenue is declining as our franchises age, delays in development on PC and mobile have created further drains against our revenue projects, while our operating costs in the west have increased”, and “ Where we are is not sustainable, and is not going to set us up for future success”.

Now this what I found from PCGAMER after they contacted ArenaNet on February 21, 2019.

In response to our inquiry, ArenaNet issued the following statement:

“We can confirm that due to the cancellation of unannounced projects, ArenaNet will make staff reductions. This is part of a larger organizational restructuring within NCSoft in the west, but the Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 game services will not be affected, nor is any upcoming game content canceled.”

The studio declined to comment on the number of employees affected by the cuts.”

So basically what I get out of this, NCSoft is consolidating for the future of the company and ArenaNet is stating our game will continue on.

So what does this mean for our beloved game?

Well…. ”The Guild Wars 2 team is still committed to bringing content and feature updates to the game. The next episodes of Living World are already in development, Swiss tournament support is coming to PvP, we’re looking at more WvW events coming soon, and the return of the Super Adventure Festival is imminent. Our long-term plans for the game like World Restructuring and large-scale improvements to quality of life are still in the works.”

So WvW is going to get their oversized cat mount next week, delayed but it’s still coming…thankfully. So what about Living world, I mean will  Aurene magicly come back from the dead OR did AreuaNet seriously just kill off my dragon!

Okay okay fine…I guess i’ll stop complaining about it.

Anyway, back to Living world, this is what i found out.

From there post on their official Guild Wars 2 forum on February 22, 2019:

“We know you have a lot of questions about the future of Guild Wars 2. We want to share with you what to expect moving forward for the game. First and foremost, we are still fully committed to all of our players and ongoing support of the game. We will be moving directly from Living World Season 4 into Season 5 as promised, and we plan to continue a regular cadence of updates and releases.”

Well that about all for now on this subject. I got to vent about the Warclaw being delayed and ArenaNet killing off my dragon and not even giving out a free Aurene plush mini for completing the chapter. I mean, come on, something would have been nice.  But, they are saying things will get better and I sure hope so this game has become a good part of my life and I have played it for years.

Okay, so that’s all for now. Bye

Guild Wars 2 layoffs and delays, what does this mean for our beloved game?
Tamania

The rumors are true, ArenaNet has confirmed that there are going to be layoffs but how many is still unknown. They put out a post on the official Guild Was 2 forum today that confirms that the delay in the Warclaw is directly related to this layoff. They also state that all this is for the good of the company and that Guild Wars 2 will continue with new content in areas of PvP, WvW and Living world 4 ending with Living World 5 coming directly after.

This is what Mile Zadorojny posted on the official Guild Wars 2 Forum on February 27, 2019:
Update From the Guild Wars 2 Team:
“Hi everyone,
This past week there have been a lot of questions about the status of Guild Wars 2. I’d like to share with you a little about what’s currently going on at the studio and what it means for the game.
The Guild Wars 2 team is still committed to bringing content and feature updates to the game. The next episodes of Living World are already in development, Swiss tournament support is coming to PvP, we’re looking at more WvW events coming soon, and the return of the Super Adventure Festival is imminent. Our long-term plans for the game like World Restructuring and large-scale improvements to quality of life are still in the works.
The studio has recently been affected by layoffs, which is going to take some time to process. There’s no easy way for any team to adjust to that. We’ve had to say goodbye to friends and colleagues that we’ve worked alongside for years. We’re welcoming back some familiar faces to the Guild Wars 2 team that had been working on unannounced projects. After all is said and done, it’s going to take some time for us to adjust to our staffing changes.
As the proverbial dust settles in the next few days we’re going to re-evaluate our schedules to make sure that our releases are realistic and allow us the time to make sure they hit our internal quality bar. This means that some updates are going to see delays, like the recent Warclaw, as we regain our focus.
I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have reached out in support of our studio family. Thank you for your patience in this trying time. We’re making every effort to keep things running as smoothly as possible and stay on track with releases. Rest assured that ArenaNet is not done with Guild Wars. And the team is not done with our tale of dragons, or our eternal conflict in the mists. There’s still lots for us to do together.
We’ll see you in Tyria,
z & the Guild Wars 2 Team”

So what does it mean? How many employees are getting severance packages and told to pack up?

According to PCGamer, from an update to their original article on February 21, 2019. They state that “In response to our inquiry, ArenaNet issued the following statement:
“We can confirm that due to the cancellation of unannounced projects, ArenaNet will make staff reductions. This is part of a larger organizational restructuring within NCSOFT in the west, but the Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 game services will not be affected, nor is any upcoming game content canceled.”
The studio declined to comment on the number of employees affected by the cuts”.
And from Kotaku update to their February 21, 2019 article, “ArenaNet management addressed employees directly in two meetings this afternoon, according to people who were there. There’s still no word on how many people will be laid off, and most employees are still in limbo as they wait to find out if they’ll be affected” and that “ArenaNet told employees it will be giving out severance of two months to anyone losing their jobs, as well as bonus time based on tenure with the company”.

So what does the future hold for Guild Wars 2? We will have to see. They say things will get better, the game will continue and ArenaNet will endure. I hope so, Guild Wars 2 has become part of a family past-time but only time will tell.

GW2 WvW: My thoughts on the Warclaw.
Delyndia

Update : February 25, 2019

GW2 ArenaNet Team just updated the release of the Warclaw on the official GW2 forums, click here to see for yourself.

The brief version, the release date has been changed to March 5, 2019. They don’t state if the double WvW experience will be delayed as well but in my opinion i do not expect it to start tomorrow either. In my belief it will start with the release of the Warclaw on March 5th, but we will have to wait to see.

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Hey guys Delyndia here and today i’m going to be giving my thought about the new Warclaw that’s going to be added to WvW this Tuesday, February, 26, 2019.

So yeah the Warclaw…I think it will be very interesting, it’s kinda getting the same response the glider did when it was first added to WvW.

They will have to make it balanced and try, or at least try, and make sure that when they make it public that there are not too many glitches. That could ruin it all.  I mean come on, how many people are going to play if the enemy can just go on there oversized cat and run through there walls and/or gates.

If they do it right, it could be really cool but if they don’t…well have fun anet.  WvW will be even more empty than it was before.

If you want to go check out their announcement on the official GW2 site, click here.
And below is the GW2 Announcement on Youtube.

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