Guild Wars 2 Game Director Colin Johanson Departs; ArenaNet President Mike O'Brien To Take His Place
One of the most well-known faces at ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2 Game Director Colin Johanson, has left the company. ArenaNet President Mike O'Brien -- who'll be taking over Johanson's role and looking to hire a replacement for himself -- broke the news on Reddit earlier today, while also kicking off an AMA and letting folks in on some of the happenings with the company.
While there were no exact details on why Johanson left the company, O'Brien did state that he departed "on good terms," while reminding players that there were still a goodly number of people dedicated to working on the game. In particular, he points out that, unlike in previous situations, there's a split between employees working on live content and working on future expansions. There's a big quarterly update planned for April, which will focus on reducing grind and improving rewards, which O'Brien calls a "back-to-our-roots kind of update."
While O'Brien does promise to be more "visible with the changes we're making" to World vs. World, he cautions against players getting too hyped up about when upcoming features will ship -- or even if they'll ship at all.
So if you ask us for a list of things that will ship in April, we’ll probably be coy because we think it’s nice for you to have presents to unwrap on release day, but more than that, the truth is we don’t even know. We’re working on a lot of potentially great improvements for April, all themed in the direction of less grind and more rewards, and they won’t all make the cut, but any reasonable subset will make a great release.
As a long-time Guild Wars 2 player, I wish Colin Johanson the best of luck in his next endeavor, and look forward to a new direction for Guild Wars 2!
About the Author
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
Aion's Shugo Kingdom Adventure Returns
The Shugo Imperial dungeon is returning to Aion, giving everyone the chance to spend their time as their favorite furry critters.By QuintLyn Bowers - 7 years ago
You May Enjoy
Another Alpha Test For Upcoming Hero-Based, Extraction Shooter HYENAS Starts Today
New character Hero-Ki was revealed, too. He looks like Sonic and cosplays his enemies as a disguise.By Matthew D'Onofrio - 1 day ago
World Of Warcraft Classic Announces Return Of Level 55 Death Knight Character Creation Restriction
Open Death Knight creation just makes it too easy for people to start exploiting the game.By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 week ago
Fortnite Creators Could Finally Be Paid For Their Work In 2.0 Patch
According to a leak, players would get paid based on the number of engagements their islands receive.By Matthew D'Onofrio - 4 days ago
💣 Feature | A "Spa" Video? Seriously, The Day Before?! Open A Beta, Livestream, Or Please Just GTFO At This Point
Cool... a pre-rendered video of your character sitting in zombie entrail filled human soup...By Michael Byrne - 5 days ago
It’s Almost Time To Go On Another Adventure With Drizzt In Neverwinter’s Menzoberranzan Module
The game’s 25th module concludes the story-line written by R.A. and Geno Salvatore.By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 week ago
Roblox Corp. Could Have Lost $150 Million In SVB Crash, They'll Be Getting It Back Though
But the government took care of it.By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 week ago
they should have made more dungeons and upgraded the dynamic events.... i dont give a shit about pvp and that was not my reason for purchasing the game.