Guild Wars 2 Developer Voluntarily Stops Selling Digital Copies to Catch Up With Server Demand

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sadatoni

It runs well and looks great on my "ancient" GTX-260, at about 30 fps with most items on high.

"They auto reduce your level/stats to keep the challenge higher if you over level an area, or go back to complete some quests/areas for achievements. I have found this to be a pain with story quests because they are mandatory for completing the story. A couple of them have been very hard so far, (read that I died, a lot) but with this system you can't come back later when you have higher stats."

I agree with that feeling and observation, completely.

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Insurgence

Blizzard had to do this, just with the physical copies for some of their expansion packs. It's not really new, it's just new that they did it at only 1 vendor (the developers).

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Gezzer

Performance wise I've had very few issues and have been enjoying myself quite a lot.
There are a few design choices that I'm not crazy about.

They auto reduce your level/stats to keep the challenge higher if you over level an area, or go back to complete some quests/areas for achievements. I have found this to be a pain with story quests because they are mandatory for completing the story. A couple of them have been very hard so far, (read that I died, a lot) but with this system you can't come back later when you have higher stats.

Their in game and external communication systems just suck. Half the time I haven't seen anything telling about a server shut down until I've been disconnected. Then nothing about it on the game launcher. They use twitter and FB, which I use neither, for communication. Would it be so hard to have the launcher news tell you about what's going on?

Those are my only gripes with the game. It's actually a lot of fun over all and I've been having a blast playing it.

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Jox

I just installed the game on Friday. So far I'm enjoying it (the positives far outweigh the negatives that I've found). However, the installer that came on the DVD was written by a moron. My C: drive is very nearly full (thanks to idiot coders that INSIST on installing programs to that drive) and, unfortunately, the GW2 installer fails to launch if there is not sufficient space on the disk. It WILL NOT offer you the choice of installing to a different drive. I ended up having to download the patcher from their wiki page and download 14GB of data to install the game to the drive of my choosing.

Great game, piss-poor installer.

-Jox

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sanityvoid

I have it installed on an extra SSD which is my F: drive, so you missed something in the setup because I did and so can you.

Just saying.

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Jox

"...you missed something in the setup..."

If I did, it was in the eigth of a second between the time I double-clicked the installer and the error message popped up informing me that the program could not install due to a lack of space on my "primary drive".

As I said, I was able to install by downloading the patcher to a different disk. If you were able to install to a different drive using the GW2install.exe file, then the obvious question is is your C: drive full? If not, then it means that the program utterly failed to install due to the possibility that it might perhaps at some time consider the notion of maybe thinking about possibly using drive C:.

Regardless, my original statement stands. Great game, piss-poor installer.

-Jox

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Frencho

Why is this game not being sold on Steam, all GW1+expansions were on steam! Very odd.

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CaptainFabulous

Mike O'Brien has stated they have no intention of GW2 being available on Steam. He didn't say why.

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Peanut Fox

It's probably because GW2 allows for in game purchases through a store that isn't the Steam store. From what I understand that's a no no in Valve's book.

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praetor_alpha

Isn't GW1 is a recent addition to Steam? They might not have had time to fit GW2 with Steamworks yet. It seems that they are having no trouble moving copies of GW2 without Steam.

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Svetty Parabols

I wouldn't play Guild Wars 2 of they paid me after the treatment NCSOFT gave the developers (Paragon Studios) and its customers Friday closing down City of Heroes. NCSoft basically went in and fired all the developers and made an announcement on its forums saying it is shutting down Nov 30th. No reason was given whatsoever. The game was doing well and was profitable.It made more money than last year even going F2P. They had just released new powersets and was getting ready to release the next free expansion. NCSoft also allowed people until this happened to make subscription and market purchases. Many feel that they have been ripped off.

Enjoy your GW2 and I hope they do not do this you.

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nightsfire

you know you are one of them sad players that think they know it all ever try to run a server for a game? its not cheap. and ncsoft will give the players that had spent real money on the game a free game more then likely as for you crying that is closing down well it happens to old games

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Svetty Parabols

You know you are one of those players who thinks they have the answer for everything. If you had actually read my post instead of trying to raise your basement dwelling self esteem issues to make yourself look good to the rest of the mouth breathers you probably hang with, I said it was PROFITABLE ( you might want to look that word up if you know what a dictionary does). By your argument, WoW should be shut down as well. In fact, if you look around, there are still people playing MMOs that are even older.

Between Aion and GW2 development, NCSoft LOST approx 6 million dollars. Yet they close down the game that was making money and an had extremely loyal player base of 200,000 to 300,000 people, many of which kept their subscriptions rather than go F2P. Not to mention the fact that the developers actually LISTENED to the player base and took their ideas and implemented them in the game if they were feasible.

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Lednaara

Awwww, I'm so sorry NCSoft shut down your fave MMO. Tell you what, instead of complaining and whining about how they are mistreating their customers (they aren't) and shutting down their property to make room for other things they want to do as a company (they have every right to,) why don't you and the rest of the fans put up the money, buy it from them, set up your own servers and keep it going? If you aren't willing to do that, then stop your whining and go find another game to play.

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Biceps

"To be clear, box and digital sales are still available via our retail partners. We are tracking our concurrency closely while expanding our infrastructure. We’ll re-enable first-party digital sales as soon as we feel that we can do so safely."

I just checked all of their partners for digital distribution in the USA, and they all say 'out of stock'. So it looks to me like the only way to get this game right now is in a box.

EDIT: Found it on the GameStop store downloaded and have been able to play. I haven't experienced any server issues.

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CaptainFabulous

I've had very few issues. No problems logging in since the headstart. I've had some issues with party members getting "lost" by the system and it refusing to put us in the same instance/overflow. And the mail system has been very wonky, stuff sent to me from buddies or from the Black Lion store are out there in limbo someplace.

Overall for me the whole thing has been fairly smooth. I know some people are having issue but I think the vast majority have been just fine.

And it's an amazing game. Literally one of the best games I've ever played. I can start playing and get completed immersed and absorbed by it, and that hasn't happened in a very long time.

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mls067

From what I have read, they took all sales into account. I imagine they aren't sending any more physical copies to retailers, so what they have is what they have.

and to answer MP question, my experience has been very good so far. There have been a few bugs here and there--quest npc's just standing there when we are suppose to be protecting them on an escort. The overflow can get really annoying when in a group or when you get the "travel" when your slot opens up and I'm right in the middle of an event. If I'm alone I just finish, but again if I am in a group and they are waiting..ugh

I do have to say that GW2 is, graphically, an amazing game. They did a fine job in that department. The game play is awesome as well. It has been a long time, for me, to have a game take my attention the way GW2 has.

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tekknyne

Yeah I get those popups alot too with the travel button. Those are annoying. I like how the quest givers are basically like do any of these 4 things to complete, and there's really only like 20 heart quests in a zone. I'm finding that they are pretty much required to complete before leaving a zone so u get all the good gear and xp. The quest tracker is absolutely awesome too. No need to manage 25 quests now!

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tekknyne

So far really enjoying the game. It seems like they have taken instancing/phasing to a whole nother level and used realm/load balancing to make sure there are always players and action going on around you.

WOW questing and leveling was empty if it wasnt THE night of an expansion in the beginning zone.

I can't tell you how many times I have helped other players or have been rezzed by them.

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JohnJSal

I'm curious how much good this will really do. How hard is it to just go buy the physical copy, or cruise on over to Amazon, etc. and buy the digital copy there? Is the Guild Wars website really the first place people go to buy the game?

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simplyfloid

Google gw2. Click, click, paypal, download, done. Read reddit while loading. Play. Yup, much easier than driving to a store. So it will probably have a huge effect.

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JohnJSal

Right, but like I said, how hard is it to just go to a different online retailer and download the digital version, rather than get it from ArenaNet directly? According to them, their retail partners still have it.

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