Guild Wars 2: A Recap of 2013, and What's to Come for 2014 [VIDEO]

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Jan 09, 2014 01:39 PM EST

Guild Wars 2 made waves when it launched back in 2012, and the game kept things going all through 2013 with the introduction of of Scarlet Briar, the puppet master working behind the scenes, responsible for a string of tumultuous events throughout Tyria. Developer ArenaNet recently released a video showing some of of the game's highlights throughout the year that's now behind us, and alludes to what's prepared for the months ahead.

It's more of a recap than anything else, so if you've been heavily involved with Guild Wars 2 lately, watching it isn't necesarry. For the rest of you, here's a basic summation thanks to a press release:

- Scarlet's plot began quietly during last Winter's Flame and Frost releases, as she manipulated the mole-like dredge and charr Flame Legion into wreaking havoc in the Shiverpeaks. Her scheme continued in June's Sky Pirates of Tyria and the Cutthroat Politics release in July, which introduced the new Aetherblade pirates, who pulled off a cunning assassination plot in Lion's Arch.

- Scarlet stepped out of the shadows during August's Clockwork Chaos release, when she disrupted Queen Jennah's jubilee celebration with her clockwork horrors. Next, players discovered Scarlet's newest plans in October's Twilight Assault release, when the renegade sylvari took over the Twilight Arbor dungeon as a new base to consolidate power and amass her forces.

- In October's Tower of Nightmares and November's The Nightmares Within releases, players took on a new Toxic Alliance between the reptilian krait and the evil sylvari of the Nightmare Court, which erected a massive biological tower of evil at Scarlet's bidding.

If that's not enough, then check out the video below.

Ominous, no? The 21st is still a ways off, so for you impatient types, Game Director Colin Johanson posted his blog "Recap: The Living World of Guild Wars 2," sharing a bit more of what's to come:

"As we announced back in December, we're down to just four releases to go in the current storyline of living world", writes Johanson. "The first of those four releases is nearly upon us, and we wanted to help take a moment and look back at the key moments that have brought us up to this point as a refresher before we dive head-first into countdown to the big finale."

Once the plan is revealed later this month, we'll be sure to let you know.

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