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Guild Wars 2: The Icebrood Saga Episode Two, “Shadow in the Ice”, Breaks Free January 28

Press release   •   Jan 16, 2020 14:00 GMT

January 16, 2020 – The second chapter of Guild Wars 2’s continuing story The Icebrood Saga arrives Tuesday, January 28 as the shroud around an ancient and primordial beast is finally lifted. Titled Shadow in the Ice, the episode expands the frigid landscape of the Northern Shiverpeaks while confronting players with an epic world boss known as Drakkar. In addition, a multitude of new activities and expanded systems introduced in Episode One await the intrepid and daring. ArenaNet released a new trailer today that gives a glimpse of the challenges ahead, and the first steps on the road that leads to player ally Braham’s prophetic destiny.

You can watch the Shadow in the Ice trailer HERE.

In addition to a new story that explores the mysterious norn Spirits of the Wild and their relationship to the Elder Dragon Jormag, Shadow in the Ice introduces a plethora of new features to the game, including:

  • An expansion to the Bjora Marches map introduced in Episode One, nearly doubling the size and providing new explorable areas and rewards
  • New tiers to the Essence Manipulation and Raven Attunement mastery tracks
  • A new Strike Mission that pits players against the whispers in their mind, and the dark force driving them
  • The Trials of Koda, a series of new rotating, multi-tiered map events with unique achievements
  • A new, upgradable third tier to the Ancient Boreal weapon set
  • A new Raven armor set, heretofore only available to NPC characters
  • A new world boss, Drakkar, Jormag’s champion locked beneath Lake Drakkar for untold centuries

For additional screenshots and assets from the episode, CLICK HERE.

Like all Living World episodes, Shadow in the Ice will be free for all players who own Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire and log in upon its release. 

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, plus both team-based and World vs. World competitive battles. The game is updated frequently with Living World episodes that tell the ongoing story of the world and introduce new places to play in. 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

About ArenaNet

ArenaNet is the developer of the groundbreaking Guild Wars 2 and best-selling Guild Wars online roleplaying games. The studio's mission is to create innovative online worlds, cultivate a vibrant and engaged global community of players, and to incorporate handcrafted artistry into every aspect of their games. ArenaNet formed in 2000 and it 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.