Guild Wars plans the year ahead

Fewer content updates, more stuff.

The live team looking after NCsoft's MMO Guild Wars has posted its plans for 2009. These include doing less frequent, but more substantial content updates.

Rather than including a drip-feed of new content in the usual monthly maintenance, alongside balance changes and bug fixes, developer ArenaNet will do content updates separately every three to four months, enabling it to "tackle larger and more difficult projects that, previously, would've been impossible".

The first of these big updates, due in April, will include increases to account-based storage, improvements to character-based storage, and account-based changes to the Hall of Monuments.

Readers may have noticed the lack of news on major Guild Wars updates since Eurogamer MMO launched late last year - and we're not sure this new update schedule will change things. The new content update plans still fall some distance short of what players of other MMOs can expect.

Of course, Guild Wars doesn't take monthly subscriptions to fund that kind of work. But with no new retail campaigns or expansions on the horizon either, all eyes must surely be on the sequel, Guild Wars 2.

NCsoft and ArenaNet have been very quiet on Guild Wars 2 so far, and we don't expect a release in 2009, although we could be wrong. We'll bring you more as soon as we have it.

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