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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: NCSoft
Developer: ArenaNet
Release Date: Oct. 23, 2015

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'Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns' Details Revenant Profession - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2015 @ 1:22 p.m. PST

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is founded on the same gameplay philosophy as the core game and represents a re-envisioning of progression in an MMO with all-new features, profession, systems and more.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns continues the storyline that has the game world of Tyria facing off against the Elder Dragon Mordremoth. As the storyline unfolded through the game’s Living World updates, players had speculated about one possible casualty in the war with Mordremoth. In one cliffhanger, Tyria’s iconic hero Rytlock disappeared into a mysterious void as he chased the weapon to end the curse of the Foefire and drive the ghosts of Ascalon away for good.

In Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, Rytlock not only makes a triumphant return from the mysterious Mists, he comes back with an all-new set of abilities. His return sets the stage for one of the expansion’s most exciting additions, the introduction of an all-new profession called the Revenant that channels powers from some of the Guild Wars universe’s most legendary heroes.

In addition to these features, ArenaNet showcased every key new feature the expansion brings to the core game, covering additions to both PvE and competitive PvP and World vs. World modes.  The trailer showcases each feature set, and set the stage for an ongoing series of updates now through launch that would delve much deeper into what each will bring to the expansion.

The revenant is the ninth profession, added into Guild Wars 2 as a unique archetype not seen in other games. Revenants are heavily armored masters of the Mists with abilities that allow them to harness and manipulate energy in order to perform immense attacks. They invoke powers from legends of the past to dominate foes and unleash chaos on the field of battle. Those familiar with lore from the original Guild Wars will see many familiar faces reappearing as legends, which you can invoke through this profession.

Here are some quick overview specifics:

  • Unique profession mechanic
  • Unique resource system
  • Heavy armor
  • Medium health pool
  • Color scheme: red, black, and misty white

Between now and the launch of the expansion, you’ll learn a lot about the revenant’s skills and abilities. We’ll start that process today by talking about the following:

  • Hammer
  • Mace
  • Axe
  • Legendary Demon Stance: Mallyx the Unyielding
  • Legendary Dwarf Stance: Jalis Ironhammer

Read more details about the Revenant profession right here.

ArenaNet will demo the revenant for the first time on Points of Interest, the official Guild Wars 2 livestream airing Friday, February 20 at 12 p.m. PST on Cronacher will join Game Design Lead Jon Peters and host Rubi Bayer as they highlight why players should get excited for the new profession. They're giving the first peek at the revenant's ability to channel Guild Wars legends such as the demon Mallyx the Unyielding and legendary dwarf king Jalis Iron-hammer. 

Founded on the idea that the journey is the goal, the Heart of Thorns expansion continues the Guild Wars 2 tradition of challenging the conventions of MMOs to fulfill the promise of what online worlds should be.

New Features:

  • The Heart of Maguuma: New adventures await in the Heart of the Maguuma Jungle. Confront the growing hordes of Mordremoth’s minions, discover allies from ancient civilizations, and battle new enemies.  Players will tackle challenging group content and explore new open world jungle maps, experiencing  new events and storylines and testing their mettle in new boss battles.
  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns introduces a new model for endgame progression in an MMO with Masteries. Explore new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80 and master abilities such as hang gliding in the jungle, tearing the bark off heavily armored Mordem, or building new collections that earn precursors to a legendary weapon.
  • New Profession: Revenant: Channel legendary powers to slaughter foes and unleash chaos on the battlefield with our brand new profession: the revenant. Enter the field of battle heavily armored and equipped with the otherworldly powers of the Mists.
  • Specializations: Evolve your gameplay. With profession specializations, you’ll unlock access to a weapon previously unavailable to your profession as well as new traits, skills, and unique mechanics – all of which will transform your profession into something new.
  • PvP: New Stronghold Game Mode: Gather supply to hire soldiers. Battle for control of heroes. Man the trebuchet to defend your stronghold, and storm the enemy gates to defeat the guild lord! Use our new guild team feature to team up and battle to the top of the leaderboards. Stronghold offers an entirely new way to play competitive PvP in Guild Wars 2!
  • WvW: New Borderland: Experience epic battlefield combat like never before in World vs. World’s latest core addition, the new Borderlands map. Navigate treacherous heights with traps that blow your foes to the depths below and ferocious defenders to help keep the enemy at bay. Map objectives will be more important than ever before, as they’ll unlock new strategies, tactics, and play mechanics that you’ll want to use to your world’s advantage!
  • Guild Halls: Your guild has roamed the world together. Now, it’s time to claim a piece of it. Work with fellow guild members to claim and grow your own guild hall in the heart of Maguuma.

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