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Guild Wars 2: Update On The Economy

Hello everyone, I’m John Smith, the Studio Economist for ArenaNet. We’ve kept pretty silent about the economy recently, but today I’m here to talk about our current strategy.

Guild Wars 2 has an amazing economy, one of the largest and most active in-game economies ever created. ArenaNet takes pride in offering players an ever-changing world that lives and grows with them. As the game develops, the economy must develop as well, and that’s one of the many reasons we’ve made hundreds of changes to economy balance throughout the lifetime of the game.

For the most part the continuous monitoring and balancing has led to an incredibly stable economy with sustainable growth and reasonable inflation levels. However, we’ve noticed a disturbing side-effect of that continuous balancing: For many markets we’ve accidently set the idea of a price, rather than the market setting the idea of a price. Flax is a great example of a market where the prices weren’t really reflective of input or demand, but rather the idea of a value. Eventually players recognized that there was an abundance of flax and the price began to trend in a positive direction. We’ve noticed that a large number of markets are exhibiting this behavior in both directions—resulting in their being underpriced or overpriced—and their prices no longer reflect the average wealth or income of players.

To address this, we’re taking a step back from the standard amount of economy balancing we’re doing; in fact, we’ve actually already started doing that. We hope to see many markets adjust their prices to match the current state of the economy. We do recognize that there are some markets moving to a place where we aren’t looking for them to be; once we see the economy moving we can reassess the markets and make improvements, as we have in the past.

(For further discussion or to voice your opinions on the current state of Guild Wars 2's Current Economy, visit GW2 Economy Concerns and let your voice be heard.)

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Stronghold Of The Faithful (Released)

(On June 14, 2016)


You’ve faced the ghosts of Spirit Vale and uncovered the truth behind Salvation Pass; now the final steps of your journey lie before you. Prepare to enter the Stronghold of the Faithful and challenge the White Mantle in their own territory. Cut through to the heart of their plans, or you and your allies may be lost forever to their twisted magic.

Siege the Castle
The White Mantle’s base of operations is well fortified and guarded in force. You’ll need to find a way past the walls—but the White Mantle is prepared to deal with intruders, and they aren’t about to make it easy.

Crumble the Keep
Once you’ve made it through the gates, you’ll find yourself in an environment that’s literally hostile. It’s up to you to break through the castle’s defenses and find the source of the White Mantle’s anomalous power.

Earn New Treasures
Survive the stronghold and bring home trophies of your victory, including ascended White Mantle weapons, new miniatures, a new ascended backpack, and more!
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Salvation Pass Is Live


On March 8, 2016
The search for a missing Pact leader continues as you and your allies venture deeper into the Forsaken Thicket. Strange magical energy has run amok, and long-hidden mysteries wait to be brought to light.


The only way through is forward.


From mild to wild.

Wild Magic
You won’t get far as long as Slothasor snoozes in your path. This lumbering, sleepy forest resident may not have been dreadful before, but there’s no telling what impact the strange energies will have on it once it wakes.


A warning sign.

Ancient Secrets
Your investigation continues as you prepare to face the dangers that lie beyond the mysterious ruins. The past refuses to be forgotten—and the extent of its corrupting influence has yet to be revealed.


Bring home souvenirs of your survival.

New Rewards
New dangers bring new rewards. Your victory at Salvation Pass can earn you ascended weapons, new weapon skins, miniatures of each raid boss, and more. You can continue building the precursor to your legendary armor and collecting magnetite shards, which the Priory scholar vendor will exchange for weapons, armor, and items.

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