NCsoft and ArenaNet unleashed another Guild Wars 2 demo at PAX East, honoring the Norn race and the previously unveiled thief and guardian professions, at the Alienware, NVIDIA, and Logitech booths.
The thief class has been touted as a first-ever for Guild Wars: they can use guns. Thieves can dual-wield pistols, even. They are going to have low HP and very light armor, but developers say they will be evasive thanks to being lightweight and will be “deadly in combat” to make up for it.
Not only that, here’s another surprise…their skills don’t have to cooldown like normal—this profession simply uses a base called an “initiative,” an energy pool which must be built up before the skills can be used—so it’s not like it’s free. The initiative allows for chained attacks and other cool stuff. There is one potent chained attack called unload, where the thief basically shoots bullet upon bullet onto the foe, doing extreme lethal damage.
Thief concept art, Guildwars2.com
Another neat ability is the ‘stealth’ skill, but this may be where the game may get somewhat “broken” in my opinion. Even though it’s not unlimited in GW2, it will allow players to run right past foes, staying invisible from them the whole time.
And of course there’s the steal ability. In GW2, when a thief steals, he or she steals the foes’ own skills and then uses it against them.
As a side note, if you’re anything like me, you must wish NCsoft and ArenaNet would stop teasing us already and give us a real release date. Many have speculated Nov. 2, 2011, but developers just keep saying “it’ll be done when it’s done. We want this to be astonishing.” Hmm, seems like someone has commitment issues to me.
They have, however, said there will be closed beta and alpha testing going on sometime in 2011. At least we know the window for sure. Oh, and GW2 is now available for pre-order for $60 from several outlets.