Update: Guild Wars 2: Entanglement went live. Be sure to head over to the official website for some additional images.
Guild Wars 2 Season 2 sees a new chapter today, known ominously as Entanglement. Although an update is expected within the morning hours, we do have a few early screenshots to share before then, just to give you all a taste of what's to come. Yes, the answer is more vines.
The mysterious vines that appeared with Gates of Maguuma have grown more much more aggressive, stretching far beyond just Dry Top. Already we've seen them sprouting near waypoints in Lion's Arch and Kessex Hills, while players noticed Mirkrise Waypoint out in Brisban Wildlands was shattered completely. It's all rather like a breadcrumb trail leading up to the events in Episode 2: Entanglement.
In a trailer released last week, ArenaNet teased a much darker tone; because you can't get much creepier than a lifeless body dangling from some evil vines. The new screenshots show us their spreading influence, completely decimating the town of Prosperity and birthing new monstrosities for players to encounter. That jungle oasis (as seen below) looks pretty inviting, though.
Here are some key features to keep in mind. Note the mention of an "eerie Ambrite set."
Evil Takes Root - The lethal, fast-growing vines that have plagued the Brisban Wildlands have begun to spread. Word reaches you of trouble in the town of Prosperity, where the asuran prodigy Taimi was left alone to research the threat. Get back to Prosperity, meet up with Braham, and check in on Taimi.
Explore Further - There are secrets hidden within the newly revealed area of Dry Top, just waiting to be discovered. Learn more about the mysterious denizens lurking beyond Prospect Valley and come face-to-face with never-before-seen foes. Follow the trail you picked up in the last release and continue your search for the ley line hub. Stay wary! In Dry Top, danger and discovery go hand in hand.
Story Journal - Once you’ve completed the Entanglement story, you’ll be able to replay it through the new Story Journal feature. Going forward, you can unlock repeatable content from each release and earn challenging achievements.
Treasure in the Desert - Complete the Entanglement episode and Story Journal achievements to receive special rewards! As you adventure through Dry Top, collect Unidentified Bugs to convert into the materials you need to craft new weapons from the new, eerie Ambrite set.
Keep an eye on the Gem Store for any fun new releases, too.