NCSoft Taking a "Wait-and-See" Stance on Guild Wars 2 Expansion

By Giuseppe Nelva

May 14, 2013

Two days ago I reported about NCSoft’s financial conference call and on how Managing Direcor Nah Seong Chan talked about a possible Guild Wars 2 expansion. Today we received official word from NCSoft providing further context on the topic and clarifying what Seong Chan meant:

In regards to your recent post on a Guild Wars 2 expansion, there is a slight misunderstanding when interpreting the answer from the NCSoft earnings call. We are considering an expansion, but we are taking a wait-and-see stance. We are evaluating the performance of the game and deciding on when would be the best time to launch an expansion. But right now, our Living Story approach is very successful in keeping players engaged with new and exciting content. Launching boxed expansions are a great way to package content, but if we can do this on a more regular basis, something we’ve been doing since launch, it provides players with new content to explore and experience every time they log into the game.

While I didn’t exactly “interpret” what was said, as I quoted Seong Chan’s exact words (or at least those provided by NCSoft’s official translation), now we know better. An expansion isn’t in the works at the moment but just being considered, while the company is waiting and evaluating the ongoing performance of the game in order to decide when the best time to launch a packaged expansion will be.

How long will we have to wait? Your guess is as good as mine, but the fact that they’re considering it is a lot better than nothing.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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