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“Bound by Blood”, the Prologue Chapter of Guild Wars 2: The Icebrood Saga, Out Now

Press release   •   Sep 18, 2019 09:00 BST

Attend a Metal Legion concert, party with the charr, and take on a new boss challenge with up to nine other players in the game’s first strike mission

SEATTLE – Sept. 18, 2019 – The prologue chapter of The Icebrood Saga, Guild Wars 2’s latest Living World episodic content, is out now free for all players who own Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire.

View the Bound by Blood trailer HERE.

The Icebrood Saga is a totally new story in the world of Guild Wars 2. After Season Four’s thrilling conclusion in which Dragon’s Watch finally defeated Kralkatorrik, elder dragon of Crystal and Fury, it is a time of great celebration. But a shadow of dread grows over the festivities as whispers from the Far Shiverpeaks indicate Jormag, another of Tyria’s elder dragons, is emerging from its slumber and luring charr and norn warriors under its thrall. A new cast of characters take center stage as the Pact Commander and crew investigate the looming conflict that threatens the world’s snowy reaches.

Bound by Blood introduces myriad new features to Guild Wars 2, including:

  • An all-new story exploring the culture and mysterious traditions of the norn and charr races while setting the stage for the conflict to come
  • A new map, Grothmar Valley, the homeland of the feline charr and their military legions
  • The debut of strike missions, an epic new 10-player activity allowing groups to face off against challenging bosses, including a titanic Icebrood golem
  • New map-wide meta events, including an interactive musical performance from the Metal Legion, a thrashing charr rock group that puts the “band” in “warband”, and featuring three original songs created especially for this episode
  • Hair for Braham

As announced at PAX West, Guild Wars 2’s first expansion Heart of Thorns is now free for all players who purchase Path of Fire.

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About NCSOFT

NCSOFT, headquartered in Pangyo, Korea, is the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, including the critically acclaimed Aion®, Blade & Soul®, Lineage®, and Guild Wars® franchises. NCSOFT West is a division of NCSOFT that holds operating responsibilities for North America, Europe, South America, and Australia/New Zealand. More information can be found at www.ncsoft.com.

About ArenaNet

ArenaNet is the developer of the groundbreaking Guild Wars 2 and best-selling Guild Wars massively multiplayer online roleplaying games. The studio's mission is to create innovative online worlds, cultivate a vibrant and engaged global community of players, and incorporate handcrafted artistry into every aspect of their games. ArenaNet formed in 2000 and has attracted over 15 million players worldwide, with press and fans consistently calling Guild Wars 2 one of the best MMOs and RPGs of all time.

About Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is a visually stunning online game that offers players the epic grandeur of a massive role-playing environment combined with action combat, large-scale dynamic events that players tackle together, and team-based World vs. World competitive battles. The game is updated frequently with Living World episodes that tell the ongoing story of the land of Tyria and introduce new places to play. Yet with all these updates, the game continues the no-subscription-fee business model that made the original Guild Wars so popular. For more details, please visit www.guildwars2.com