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Guild Wars 2: Underwater combat / gameplay explained

It’s been quite a while now since we’ve heard anything about ArenaNet’s long-awaited Guild Wars 2 and although we are still none the wiser as to when the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) will finally be released, we do have some good news for fans of the genre. Thanks to Jonathan Sharp (game designer at ArenaNet), we now know a little more about the game’s underwater combat / gameplay.

The Guild Wars 2 game — which is set 250 years after the events of the original Guild Wars — features a large amount of underwater content and according to Jonathan over on the website, the developer wants players to be able to explore it without having to worry about drowning. When gamers dive underwater in the Guild Wars 2 game, breathing apparatus will instantly be put over their faces.

Although players are provided with a default breathing apparatus, they are also able to find all kinds of other stuff to help them remain underwater and explore for longer. Gamers don’t have to worry about breathing underwater until their health reaches zero, which then sends them into the drowning state. When players do reach the drowning state, they will then have three different ways to recover including killing an opponent.

Reaching the surface of the water or being revived by an ally can also help you recover from the drowning state. Jonathan says that the developer has also put a lot of effort into giving players control over the swimming. For example, if players need to cross an area of water in order to get to the other side, they can just swim at the top without diving underneath. Swimming on the surface does have its downside however.

You can’t fight while swimming at the top of the water, which will make you fair game for enemies that are lurking below the water. All players need to do to go full-on underwater is simply tilt their camera down and keep moving forward. When gamers do go underwater, they will automatically be switched to their underwater weapon set (including harpoon gun, trident and spear), their breathing device and their underwater skill setup.

Are you looking forward to trying out the underwater combat / gameplay in the Guild Wars 2 game?

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Written by Tina Chubb

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