Since the latest announcement for next Tuesday’s content patch, I have been wondering: is Guild Wars 2 getting more alt-friendly?
We had heard and seen lots of complaints (and, as always, people who like the way things are. I just thought I should mention it for the sake of completeness) about the fractal levels being specific for each character. World vs. world ranking is bound to characters. The gathering tools were also a reason for complaints. Those who only play one character bought the gathering tools once and were done. Others, people like me, wanted to play more characters and either had to live without the convenience or buy new gathering tools for each character. Since one tool was 800 gems, that would have meant spending 2400 gems per character.
Thankfully, ArenaNet changed that in a recent patch. But not only that. Additionally, if you bought more than one of each gathering tools, you can get a refund! – Please read the instructions there carefully and contact support BEFORE deleting any duplicates.
That isn’t all, though. With the next patch (“Fractured” on November 26), fractals will have their character-specific levels removed and instead, your account will have one single level for fractals. If you’re not happy with your chosen profession anymore, you can now switch between professions more freely. Having armor with agony resistance will still be required for the higher fractals, though. Don’t forget about that when you jump into the fun after the patch arrives.
On the other hand, there are still the ascended items. True, you may not necessarily need them. But if you want to equip more than one character with ascended weapons and ascended armor (once it arrives), you’ll be busy for quite some time. Besides needing a lot of gold as well, of course. I’m just not sure how they could change that part… except for making the items cheaper. But first, ascended armor has to arrive. Then we can see how expensive it will be.
For the time being, I am relatively happy, however, that I can switch between my mesmer and my warrior and can still enjoy the convenience of the gathering tools. Oh, and I can try fractals with both of them. I haven’t really had them step inside yet. Part of that was because I wasn’t sure which one I would really want to take there – or maybe some completely different profession, after all. As it is now, I can try and switch between my characters as I like.