— Kristina Hunter (@dulfycleric) August 27, 2015
Well, there’s something to get your PAX news cycle going.
As you can see above, IGN Tweeted out and then deleted the news that Guild Wars 2’s core game would be going free-to-play, probably after the Heart of Thorns expansion goes live later this year. (The other part, about raid content, is known to be revealed this weekend.)
I could probably go on for several paragraphs, but I’m hesitant to speculate too much on the effect this will have on the game or its community or economy until we receive some kind of confirmation and an exact idea of what this (potential) plan entails. And, to be honest, I’m still going back and forth with several people myself discussing the ramifications and forming my own thoughts.
The only thing I will say is that I don’t feel like any such move is a sign that GW2 is “dying.” The financials are still good, a new expansion is on the way, and it includes the core game, which ArenaNet has practically given away — discounting it for as low as $5-$10 during sales — for the past few years, so making it “free” isn’t really that much of a change.
ArenaNet has a presentation planned for Saturday morning at PAX Prime, so we’ll probably learn everything we need to know about this topic then. For now, we’ll just leave you with this bit of news and let you form your own opinion. Good? Bad? No big deal? Let us know what you think!