NCsoft is is providing a new look at the races of Tyria in a new video for Guild Wars 2, but World Designer and Writer Ree Soesbee provided the community with a bit more information in a Q&A released with the new video.
In the Races of Tyria, the latest preview video for NCsofts upcoming MMO Guild Wars 2, we explore the world of Tyria through the eyes of the five playable races in the game. Meet the noble and resilient humans, the war-mongering charr, the brilliant inventors known as the asura, the mighty shapeshifting norn, and a new race of nature spirits, the sylvari. From these five races, mighty heroes shall rise!
Who are these characters in this video and whats their significance in the overall story of the game?
The characters in the video are the members of the famous adventuring group, Destinys Edge, renowned for their bravery and skill. Although Destinys Edge no longer travels together, tales of their heroic deeds are told in every part of Tyria.
- Logan ThackerayCaptain Logan Thackeray is a commander in the Seraph guard of Divinitys Reach, defender of the last human kingdom. When danger threatens, Logan faces it with the determination of a man who knows that he is the only thing standing between all that he loves and its utter destruction.
- Rytlock BrimstoneThis ruthless charr warrior has risen quickly through the ranks of the Blood Legion to become a Tribune of great renown. He stands foremost among the charr of the Black Citadel, carrying a sword of fire and leading their armies to greatness.
- Eir StegalkinEir is a norn hero and tactician of great renown. There are those who call her a visionary, who say she speaks to the Spirits of the Wild. With her companion wolf, Garm, Eir roams the icy Shiverpeaks, bow and blade in hand, searching for meaning in the snows silence.
- Zojja The foremost apprentice of the venerable asura inventor Snaff, Zojja seeks to live up to her mentors legacy. Zojjas intellect is unrivaled even by members of the Arcane Council of Rata Sum, and her ability to multitask across a spectrum of disciplines inspires awe and jealousy among her fellow asura.
- Caithe Her blades are as swift as a blooded sunset, her movement as silent as the fall of night. Caithe was among the first sylvari to step upon the earth of Tyria, but where the others turned toward the sun, she sought shadow. She has never been afraid to gaze into darkness or to seek truths that others fear.
You show off some very interesting environments in the Races of Tyria video. Can you tell us more about them?
The video takes us across the vastness of Tyria to the homelands of each of the five signature races of Guild Wars 2.
- Divinitys ReachA breathtaking monument to the human spirit, this shining city is the capital of Kryta and a bastion of hope to embattled mankind.
- The Black CitadelCapital of the Iron Legion, this massive charr war-keep was built on the ruins of the conquered human kingdom of Ascalon.
- Hoelbrak In the frigid heights of the Shiverpeaks the norn have built this grand encampment, with huge lodges where they seek the wisdom of the Spirits of the Wild.
- The GroveDeep in the Maguuma Jungle, this mystical settlement has grown around the Pale Tree, the birthplace of all sylvari.
- Rata SumRising from the jungle, this metropolis of geomystic generators and giant ziggurats is full of brilliant asura and their golem servants.
Some of the voices in this video seem familiar, can you identify the actors? How big is voice going to be in Guild Wars 2?
Seamlessly integrating voice into the game experience is a key feature of Guild Wars 2, so we have gathered world-class voice talent to help bring the world of Tyria alive. This video introduces the five iconic heroes of each race, all voiced by accomplished actors:
- Logan Thackeray the human defender is voiced by Troy Baker (Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece).
- Rytlock Brimstone the charr warrior is voiced by Steve Blum (Spectacular Spider-Man).
- Eir Stegalkin the norn is voiced by Jocelyn Blue (Invader Zim, Space Jam).
- Zojja the asura is voiced by Felicia Day (Dr. Horribles Sing-Along Blog, The Guild, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
- Caithe the sylvari is voiced by Kari Wuhlgren (Wolverine and the X-Men, Aliens in the Attic).
The video ends with the question, Whats your story? how important is story in Guild Wars 2?
Story is a huge element in Guild Wars 2. From the moment you choose your characters race, youre taking your first step down a road that only you can travel. Youll explore a vast, living world where your actions have real consequences. Youll immerse yourself in a rich, powerful narrative that is personalized to and influenced by your character.
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