Is The GW2 Patching Process Screwed Up?

by on June 5, 2013


I’d never really thought about this, but one of the big cultural differences between MMOs is how they handle their updates.

For WoW, of course, each patch release is a mini-event – there’s buildup, there’s ferocious argument, there’s a tsunami of information accompanying each release.

But Guild Wars 2 has a very different policy – and as Morrighan argues this week, it might not be one that’s helping the game out…

” I had no idea when the patch would be during the 24 hour window given, but when a 1 hour warning came up I was part way through my daily. I tried to finish it, but of course I didn’t have an hour. It wasn’t ‘in’ 1 hour, but ‘within’ 1 hour. So I had to restart my daily. Grumble

But that was the worst of it. There were features in the patch that were announced very late or not announced at all. The patch notes were made available just a few hours before the update and nitty gritty detail of class changes only appeared then. The day of the patch ArenaNet announced the removal of paid tournaments, since the matchmaking system made them redundant. And when the patch appeared, it was complete with the ability to track achivements. Not just dailies, but any achievement. This is a particularly nice feature that was given no coverage at all.”

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Clockwork June 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I’ve been generally happy with the content of their patches overall, but their communication is indeed terrible. Compared to other games I am playing and following, Arenanet feels like a black-box from which mysterious changes occasionally emerge. I much prefer the openness of the Planetside 2, Firefall, or SMITE devs.

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Colerejuste June 6, 2013 at 12:51 am

I like the light updates. Maybe I’m lucky, or maybe it’s just the way GW2 works, but I’ve never been able to play because GW2 is undergoing maintenance (I’m Oceanic). In WoW, Tuesday nights were off limits due to long maintenance periods.

With the bigger updates, there are release notes, and I will usually read them while the patch is downloading. GW2 pushes out content updates on a seemly monthly basis. It’s a bit more of a faster beast than WoW. Then there’s bug fixes that go out as soon as they’re ready, and they don’t require much downtime.

I much prefer less downtime during my limited play time.

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