Guild Wars 2: The Queens Speech update arriving August 20

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Aug 14, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
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Guild Wars 2 is about to get even better, because according to reports, The Queens Speech, the newest upcoming update is arriving next Tuesday, Aug. 20. 

The new update arrives just after the last
Guild Wars 2 update, Queen’s Jubilee, where players celebrated the ten year anniversary of Queen Jennah’s rule and unveiled a new gladiatorial arena, hot air balloons, and other festive activities. With this update, however, Queen Jenna will gather her followers for a sort of union, where she will also reveal some details about the current development in the realm.

With the new update, there will be adjustments made to World vs. World XP and the related points. The official page states: “We’re making it easier to earn World XP points for playing normally in World vs. World by increasing the WXP rate across the board! As an added bonus, we’re adjusting World vs. World Ability Points so that your total points are equal to your current rank. New characters will start off with one ability point, and all existing characters will receive one more!”

Players now will also be able master the new Trebuchet Mastery ability to bring about more destruction. With this new ability, players can increase their efficiency by upping their basic shot damage, increasing their Trebuchets’ hit radius, adding a new supply-draining effect to the basic shot, and learning a new Healing Oasis skill that provides healing to the player’s teammates.

Also, to further celebrate Queen Jennah’s rule, on Aug. 20, according to the company, “we’re turning off culling, which will remove the limit on the number of characters you can see on-screen at once. The cities of Tyria will now be even more vibrant and bustling than ever!”

Player generated characters, which are now one year old, are also set to receive a Mini Queen Jennah, a 24-hour Birthday Booster, and a Scroll of Experience. Fans are also advised to check out the developer livestream on Aug. 19 for an inside look at the features in the release, with the one scheduled for The Queens Speech happening the following day.

Later, on Aug. 31, the company will be holding its first-ever Anniversary Bash and Guild Wars 2 Invitational Tournament. The event will be held in the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle, WA over PAX Prime weekend.

The Queen's Speech is set to be the last update before the one year anniversary of the release of Guild Wars 2.

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