Telefragged hat Jeff Strain zum kommenden Guild Wars ausgefragt. Im Interview werden hauptsächlich die instanzierten Zonen, das PvP-System und die nicht vorhandenen Abo-Gebühren fokussiert. Wie der Lead Designer noch einmal betont, bezahlen die angehenden Guild Wars-Spieler nur für die Updates, der Käufer muss keine monatlichen Gebühren tragen.
Finger: Much of the Guild Wars world works under "instanced" zones instead of the old Diablo 2 method of creating a game to bring your friends into. It\'s obviously a better idea from a gamer\'s perspective, but does this system generate lots of logistic and other server issues? Do you think it will be worth the effort in the end?
Jeff Strain: If it is a better idea from the gamer’s perspective, then it is absolutely worth the effort! Gamers see Guild Wars and the gaming features that it provides, but there is another product driving everything behind the scenes: the Arena.net global gaming network. This game network was built from the ground up as a step forward in online gaming technology, and it provides the infrastructure for many of the unique features in Guild Wars, including on-demand content streaming, a global namespace, international play, a singular global client, and of course the ability to offer the game without requiring a subscription fee. The technology is unique in that it is built around a “distributed confederacy” model in which our servers located in datacenters around the world work together to migrate your account and character records to different datacenters as you play with and against players from around the world in cooperative and tournament missions. You don’t have to pick a server and live there forever or choose a game host for your Guild Challenge battle. Nor do you have to wait in a queue to play because you happened to choose a server that is overloaded at the moment. Instead, the network handles it all behind the scenes on your behalf. All you see is that you can play when you want, with whom you want, and it all just works. Is it worth it? Absolutely!