Season 2 of Guild Wars 2’s Living World – a TV style episodic content series – will make use of a new feature called the Story Journal, which promises to give players the ability to revisit each new episode, NCSoft and ArenaNet have announced.
The Story Journal will launch alongside the Season 2 premiere on July 1.
A blog post by ArenaNet game director Colin Johanson explains the changes coming with Season 2.
“Starting with Season 2, each new episode of Living World will use the same UI as your personal story,” writes Johanson. “A green star will mark locations, and a green story UI in the top-right side of your screen will summarize the current step your character is on. The gold star UI we previously used for Living World will only be used for holiday festivals in the future. When your character is actively on a Living World story step, you will have one single green star leading you to the next step in the world and the top-right UI will reflect that step, just like you experienced in your personal story from levels 1-80.”
Johanson adds: “We’re modifying the story Journal in your character’s Hero Panel so it will track all of your character’s story steps. From that panel, characters who are level 80 will be able to select between playing their personal story and the Living World story. For the Living World story, you’ll be able to select which unlocked episode you’d like to play. Characters under level 80 will be able to see the available episodes, but will not be able to play them until they reach level 80. Think of the Living World story as the constantly expanding continuation of your character’s storyline once they reach level 80.
“To unlock an episode and have it added to your story Journal, you simply need to log in to the game during the two-week period that the release is live to be given permanent, free access to the storyline of that episode. Once you’ve unlocked it by simply logging in, you can replay that episode’s storyline on any character on your account as many times as you like from your story Journal forever.”
If you miss an episode these can be purchased for 200 gems.
Living World Season 2 takes place after events of Season 1, but for dialogue purposes Season 2 NPCs will assume players have completed both their personal story and Season 1. Completing the personal story on a character isn’t a requirement to access Season 2, but things will make more sense if you do.