Rick Ellis Answers Extended Experience Questions

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    By David Campbell September 27th, 2010

    Tech Director Rick Ellis’ blog post last week about the Guild Wars Extended Experience really got people talking. From IGN to Kotaku to PC Gamer to numerous forums and blogs, people were discussing how the Extended Experience can enhance Guild Wars 2. Some folks had questions—we’ve got answers.

    We collected a bunch of frequently asked questions from all these conversations in one place for your reading pleasure. Read on for answers to your Extended Experience FAQs!

    Q: Considering that Guild Wars isn’t officially supported on the Mac, can we interpret the news about the Extended Experience (which is supported on iPhones, iPads, and iPods) as an indication that Guild Wars 2 will be playable on the Mac OS?

    Rick:
    Currently we’re developing Guild Wars 2 for the PC only. Although the Extended Experience will be supported by iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Androids, it will also be supported by other smartphone platforms and on the web.

    Q: Are there any plans to support the Guild Wars 2 Extended Experience on WebOS?

    Rick:
    We currently don’t have any plans on developing the application for WebOS, but we’re still in the early stages of development. As the technology progresses our capability will increase, so we’re not ruling anything out.

    Q: Will all the features on the mobile apps also be available on the web? I’m concerned that, because I don’t have a smartphone or iPad I’ll be locked out of the Extended Experience or miss out on cool features.

    Rick:
    Not to worry, we’ll provide the same functionality on the web, so non-smart phone owners will be able to access all the Extended Experience features. Sure, they may not be able to access the Extended Experience on the bus ride home, but we’re definitely not going to neglect web users.

    Q: Can I be in-game with one character and use the mobile app to chat to friends in-game using a different character?

    Rick:
    When you are active on a mobile device, you aren’t in-game with a character. If you chat with someone, you will appear to them as yourself, but as a mobile user.

    Q: Are you concerned that this application will become a must-have, thus potentially causing segregation of players?

    Rick:
    The Guild Wars 2 Extended Experience is designed to enhance the player’s game experience, but won’t be necessary to play the game. We certainly don’t want anyone to feel like they have to have the apps in order to enjoy the game or be competitive.

    Q: With this application, will you be able to go to places or perform actions that your character wouldn’t be able to do normally in the game?

    Rick:
    No, we’ve intentionally designed the application features so they don’t confer any advantage or provide any exclusive functionality to Extended Experience users.

    Q: Is there any chance of getting something akin to GW’s observer mode with this application?

    Rick:
    That’s definitely within the realm of possibility, but we haven’t announced any such features…yet.

    Thanks, Rick! We can’t wait to see what other cool features your team will develop in the coming months!

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