The Expansion’s Major Content Releases Will Provide Answers to some of Tyria’s Oldest Mysteries, Provide New Combat Features, New Maps, and New Character Build Possibilities
Today ArenaNet and NCSOFT announced Guild Wars 2®: Secrets of the Obscure, the fourth expansion for the award-winning and critically acclaimed MMORPG Guild Wars 2. Releasing on August 22, 2023, the expansion will host a variety of new gameplay features and epic adventures set high above the surface of Tyria, delving into the ancient mysteries around the floating Wizard’s Tower that have intrigued players for over two decades, and further enriching the subscription-free online world of one of the most enduring and beloved PC games of all time.
The new Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure™ trailer can be viewed HERE, while further screenshots and concept images can be found at the online press kit.
Secrets of the Obscure™ will go on sale for $24.99. Launch day will see new explorable areas, two new Strike Missions, and new gameplay features. Future content will launch at no additional charge and continue to add new experiences: an additional map, a new Fractal of Mists encounter, Strike Mission challenge modes, and new rewards will arrive in the following months and into 2024.
The all-new story puts players into the shoes of both erstwhile defender and explorer of the unknown as they race to defend the world from a heretofore unseen threat. The adventure will begin with a climb through the Skywatch Archipelago, the first of two new maps being added to the game on release day. Hanging high in the sky above Tyria, these floating islands are under attack from the Kryptis, a demonic race of malevolent beings streaming through instabilities in the Mists and threatening the fragile peace of the world in the wake of the defeat of the elder dragons. What follows is an epic struggle into the Demon Realm, where the fate of the world rests in the hands of the player and their secretive new allies.
“Finally revealing the secrets of the Wizard’s Tower has been an idea floating around the studio (pun intended) for many years,” said Josh Davis, Guild Wars 2 Game Director. “With Secrets of the Obscure, we’re getting a chance to explore Tyria’s lore in a way we never have been able to before. New areas of the world, new characters and enemies, and new twists to the core combat gameplay should excite fans with how they are going to add to the game’s already legendary amount of content.”
A wealth of new features, activities, and storylines open up new possibilities for gameplay:
Wizard’s Vault: The Wizard's Vault awards Astral Acclaim for completing daily, weekly, and seasonal achievements across the game. Players can trade Astral Acclaim for unique items like armor pieces, weapon and mount skins, gold, legendary crafting materials, and more.
Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure is available for pre-purchase starting today at https://guildwars2.com/secrets-of-the-obscure for $24.99, and includes a bundle of pre-purchase bonus items, including a Eagle Eye Weapon Chest, an Arcane Spellweaver’s Hat, a special Demon Hunter character Title, a shared inventory slot, and a level 80 character boost. The Deluxe Edition ($49.99) comes with the standard edition bundle, plus another batch of exclusive items: an Astral Ward Feathered Raptor mount skin, a Magic Juggle emote, an additional character slot, and an Identity Repair Kit. The Secrets of the Obscure Ultimate Edition ($74.99) includes the exclusive Standard and Deluxe Edition items, plus 4,000 Gems, Guild Wars 2’s premium in-game store currency.
Beginning June 29 and running through July 2, all Guild Wars 2 players will be invited to take part in a special beta event to explore the new Weaponmaster Training feature. Once logged in, players will be given a special beta character slot to explore the innumerable character build possibilities this new feature allows.
Also beginning June 29, legacy Guild Wars 2 bundles and products will be on sale for up to 50% off on both guildwars2.com and Steam.
For more information about Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure, please visit the official web site.