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Posted by: Mike O Brien

Mike O Brien

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Hi all,

We’re wrapping up work on Episode 4 of Living World Season 3 and expect to launch it in February, hitting our normal cadence of a new episode every 2~3 months. I want to give a quick heads-up here on a few topics that I know the community is anticipating, things that will and won’t be bundled with this episode.

This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

This release won’t include legendary armor. We’re getting close to completion, though, and may be able to ship legendary armor with the Ep5 release.

This release won’t include a skill balance update. As we did last time, we’ll ship the next skill balance update off-cycle from Living World releases.

Mo

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Posted by: Endless Soul.5178

Endless Soul.5178

Hi all,

This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

Mo

Both of these are good news to me, but now I’m wondering what the leather farming spot is. Kill a champion dolyak?

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Posted by: Coconut.7082

Coconut.7082

Does that mean that a new Raid wing won’t be coming before Ep5?

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Posted by: CMM.6712

CMM.6712

Does that mean that a new Raid wing won’t be coming before Ep5?

Pretty sure it is safe to say there will not.

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Posted by: DINAMIT.3018

DINAMIT.3018

Any news about new legendary weapon?

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Posted by: Coconut.7082

Coconut.7082

Does that mean that a new Raid wing won’t be coming before Ep5?

Pretty sure it is safe to say there will not.

I’m aware of that, but would be nice to hear some official news from a Dev… It’s been so long since the last release.

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Posted by: Randulf.7614

Randulf.7614

Cool. Will Thick leather remain 4 per square? Or will be brought back down to 3?

Thanks for the update/communication

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Posted by: Mireles Lore.5942

Mireles Lore.5942

This release won’t include legendary armor. We’re getting close to completion, though, and may be able to ship legendary armor with the Ep5 release.

I would have put the word “may” in big bold flashing letters.

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Posted by: Sinchronia.3219

Sinchronia.3219

Will you release a new map within ep. 4?

everything fades to black

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Posted by: Sublimatio.6981

Sublimatio.6981

Do we get a new legendary weapon next episode?

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Posted by: OriOri.8724

OriOri.8724

So since Leg armor is close to completion, can we get a preview of what medium and/or light leg armor will look like. Its fine if they aren’t finished, but a preview would be nice

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Posted by: Khisanth.2948

Khisanth.2948

That fix looks surprisingly reasonable.

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Posted by: Illconceived Was Na.9781

Illconceived Was Na.9781

Thanks for the update.

PS I’d love to see that sort of thing cross-posted 1x/month, even if it’s as short as, “unfortunately, we don’t have much to tell you about the next update other than it’s coming soon and they’ll be surprises.”

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Posted by: Turtle Dragon.9241

Turtle Dragon.9241

Hi all,

We’re wrapping up work on Episode 4 of Living World Season 3 and expect to launch it in February, hitting our normal cadence of a new episode every 2~3 months. I want to give a quick heads-up here on a few topics that I know the community is anticipating, things that will and won’t be bundled with this episode.

This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

This release won’t include legendary armor. We’re getting close to completion, though, and may be able to ship legendary armor with the Ep5 release.

This release won’t include a skill balance update. As we did last time, we’ll ship the next skill balance update off-cycle from Living World releases.

Mo

Thank you for addressing the Leather issue,
I am going to request what everyone here wants to request here too:
Mystic Coins. Any updates?

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Posted by: Raikidd.5803

Raikidd.5803

Can we expect the armor to be in wardrobe before the official release?

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Posted by: Ayrilana.1396

Ayrilana.1396

What type of weapon will the next legendary be? Greatsword? Sword? Rifle?

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Posted by: CarlJunior.7832

CarlJunior.7832

Can we expect wvw bugs to be addressed? ( I know answer is no I just need to ask)

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Posted by: Razor.9872

Razor.9872

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

/Pops fingers
/Flexes neck

My Norn is ready.

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Posted by: MithranArkanere.8957

MithranArkanere.8957

[…]
This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.
[…]

My only question is: what happens if you disconnect and can’t go back to your map?

Will you be able to go to the entrance of the basement in the other instance, talk with a tarnished Exalted there and still get in to open the chests you earned?

Because we could really use that for some maps that spawn chests as you participate since these maps won’t save your spot and you often can’t go back after disconnecting.

[…]
This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.
[…]

Aw…

I was hoping for cloth and leather nodes to be added to enemy camps like an inquest lab or a flame legion settlement so you could cut their leather racks and clotheslines with a harvesting tool like in WvW.

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Posted by: Jwake.7013

Jwake.7013

Will the ‘fix’ to AB multi looting apply to your account or just your character? Can I switch characters, come back in and reloot the same grand chests in the same meta is my question?

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Posted by: Nafets.1238

Nafets.1238

Hi all,

We’re wrapping up work on Episode 4 of Living World Season 3 and expect to launch it in February, hitting our normal cadence of a new episode every 2~3 months. I want to give a quick heads-up here on a few topics that I know the community is anticipating, things that will and won’t be bundled with this episode.

This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

This release won’t include legendary armor. We’re getting close to completion, though, and may be able to ship legendary armor with the Ep5 release.

This release won’t include a skill balance update. As we did last time, we’ll ship the next skill balance update off-cycle from Living World releases.

Mo

What about the next raid? When can we expect it? Will it come with the legendary armor? Before?

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Posted by: ButterPeanut.9746

ButterPeanut.9746

Hi all,

We’re wrapping up work on Episode 4 of Living World Season 3 and expect to launch it in February, hitting our normal cadence of a new episode every 2~3 months. I want to give a quick heads-up here on a few topics that I know the community is anticipating, things that will and won’t be bundled with this episode.

This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

This release won’t include legendary armor. We’re getting close to completion, though, and may be able to ship legendary armor with the Ep5 release.

This release won’t include a skill balance update. As we did last time, we’ll ship the next skill balance update off-cycle from Living World releases.

Mo

What about the next raid? When can we expect it? Will it come with the legendary armor? Before?

If the next raid is ready before the armor, please do not hold back the release date of the next raid. These two do not have to be released together. Just leave an item out of the raid release that is required for the armor

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Posted by: Danikat.8537

Danikat.8537

Thanks for letting us know.

Although I’m most excited at the implied confirmation that there will be an Episode 5.

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Posted by: Xillllix.3485

Xillllix.3485

What about the WvW Overhaul? I thought it was supposed to be the priority after HoT’s release.

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Posted by: Pifil.5193

Pifil.5193

Challenging group farming spot for leather.

I don’t know why but that amused the hell out of me. A better solution might be to undo some of the damage you guys did with the insignia changes, maybe change it to five squares, but OK, “challenging group farming” it is.

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Posted by: Jwake.7013

Jwake.7013

What about the WvW Overhaul? I thought it was supposed to be the priority after HoT’s release.

It’s been an ongoing thing, they dropped the one big overhaul patch for adding changes as they finish them.

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Posted by: msalakka.4653

msalakka.4653

This release won’t include a skill balance update.

That’s a nice big middle finger up at the two other game modes that aren’t PvE.

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Posted by: shagwell.1349

shagwell.1349

With “This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.” you mean it is available in wvw zerg combat only and you get leather based on stomps, right?

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Posted by: Rauderi.8706

Rauderi.8706

Challenging group farming spot for leather.

I don’t know why but that amused the hell out of me. A better solution might be to undo some of the damage you guys did with the insignia changes, maybe change it to five squares, but OK, “challenging group farming” it is.

Yeah, to be honest, I’m afraid this is going to be a T5 leather farm, instead of the much-needed T6.

Really though, fix the insignia and refinement recipes. I know we’ve been craving for a direct material farm, it’ll be a pittance compared to making those recipes reasonable.

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Posted by: clump dump.1863

clump dump.1863

This release won’t include a skill balance update. As we did last time, we’ll ship the next skill balance update off-cycle from Living World releases.

Wait.. so this means that there won’t be a balance patch until after February? Or is one coming soon

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Posted by: chronometria.3708

chronometria.3708

Message I got from this was – if you need ectos, for gift of fortune say, then you better buy em quick.

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Posted by: Behellagh.1468

Behellagh.1468

Hi all,

This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

Mo

Both of these are good news to me, but now I’m wondering what the leather farming spot is. Kill a champion dolyak?

Diablo GW2 cow level confirmed.

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Posted by: abaddon.3290

abaddon.3290

With “This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.” you mean it is available in wvw zerg combat only and you get leather based on stomps, right?

wvw challenging? good joke!

im bad at sarcasm

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Posted by: Endless Soul.5178

Endless Soul.5178

Hi all,

This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

Mo

Both of these are good news to me, but now I’m wondering what the leather farming spot is. Kill a champion dolyak?

Diablo GW2 cow level confirmed.

Release the cowtapults!

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Posted by: CMM.6712

CMM.6712

Hi all,

This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

Mo

Both of these are good news to me, but now I’m wondering what the leather farming spot is. Kill a champion dolyak?

Diablo GW2 cow level confirmed.

My buriza-zon is ready, let’s do this

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Posted by: Randulf.7614

Randulf.7614

Hi all,

This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

Mo

Both of these are good news to me, but now I’m wondering what the leather farming spot is. Kill a champion dolyak?

Diablo GW2 cow level confirmed.

Release the cowtapults!

Sounds like they’ve beefed things up at least

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Posted by: Yunielesca.2850

Yunielesca.2850

I’m glad to see that you can keep up the pace for the living world.

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Posted by: aelfwe.4239

aelfwe.4239

Hi all,

We’re wrapping up work on Episode 4 of Living World Season 3 and expect to launch it in February, hitting our normal cadence of a new episode every 2~3 months. I want to give a quick heads-up here on a few topics that I know the community is anticipating, things that will and won’t be bundled with this episode.

This release will include the promised fix to AB multi-looting. The fix is simple: you can loot each of the great and grand chests once each time you complete the meta, once per map cycle.

This release will also include a new, challenging group-farming spot for leather.

This release won’t include legendary armor. We’re getting close to completion, though, and may be able to ship legendary armor with the Ep5 release.

This release won’t include a skill balance update. As we did last time, we’ll ship the next skill balance update off-cycle from Living World releases.

Mo

If the leg armor isnt rdy but the next raid is rdy can we at least have it released?

So we can play, there’s no reason to delay raid for an armor that you are developing since 2 years

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Posted by: Ni In.6578

Ni In.6578

I’m ready for the 1G/ecto market. And a challenging leather farm? Why does it need to be ‘challenging’? Why does it have to be group-based? It sounds like this will not solve the leather price on the TP if it requires a group-based activity.

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Posted by: Knuckle Joe.7408

Knuckle Joe.7408

I farmed a leather piece, I farmed a leather piece again…. HEY! I farmed it again!

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Posted by: Ayrilana.1396

Ayrilana.1396

I’m ready for the 1G/ecto market. And a challenging leather farm? Why does it need to be ‘challenging’? Why does it have to be group-based? It sounds like this will not solve the leather price on the TP if it requires a group-based activity.

Probably to prevent the prices from tanking to vendor cost.

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Posted by: JustTrogdor.7892

JustTrogdor.7892

Thank you for the post Mike. It is good to see communication like this and I’m guessing many appreciate being kept in the loop.

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Posted by: Knight In Shining Armor.1708

Knight In Shining Armor.1708

There is no cow level!

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Posted by: Sephas.8793

Sephas.8793

There is no cow level!

Ha. I see what you did there.

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Posted by: Asher.1420

Asher.1420

Thanks for the update, Mo!

Will there also be a new legendary weapon with the upcoming release?

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Posted by: TexZero.7910

TexZero.7910

On one hand we should be grateful there’s no balance update, the last one was pretty poorly constructed.

On the other hand, it would be nice to have the previous changes reverted, especially since you can split balance. Perhaps go back and start coming through the changes that shouldn’t have hit all modes due to PvP related issues.

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Posted by: cranos.5913

cranos.5913

So no raid in february?

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Posted by: Tekoneiric.6817

Tekoneiric.6817

I really think this is the worse possible fix for ABML, will tank the event participation, destroy the culture that has built up around the event and reflects zero imagination on the part of those in charge of the fix. It’s basically like using a sledge to fix a bent nail.

I think the better choice would have been to leave it intact but complicate it and decrease how many times a day the event occurs. By inserting a 1 or 2 hour lull between the end of one meta and the start of the next they could have decreased how many times a day the event occurs and give players a chance to do other things on the map without tripping over meta challenges. To complicating it they could have raised the maze in the maze room and maybe put pocket raptors or some other creatures in the chest areas with a fairly quick respawn rate to slow people down when opening chests because beating the timer is part of the fun of the event.

I also think they should change it so that the various chest sizes require 1, 2 or 3 keys to open. This would created a challenge to keep enough keys and aurillium to open chests on ML and force players to participate in other events around the map to get them.

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Posted by: Rising Dusk.2408

Rising Dusk.2408

Another 3 months without the new raid wing just because of legendary armor is really disheartening. Just block the final piece of the T2 collection or something, but don’t hold back the raid wing for so long.

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Posted by: Glaurung.1076

Glaurung.1076

Thank your for the post, me (and i think alot of people too) appreciate the communication.

Can we expect info on what are the goals of ArenaNet for GW2 in 2017?