One of the defining features of Guild Wars 2 is its Living World narrative, which takes shape over in-game events that hit over the course of weeks and months. The system has been influential enough that even Destiny 2 is talking about its own “evolving world,” but the Living World has left one major thing behind: Guild Wars 2’s own first season.
Unlike the seasons that have followed, players have no way to go back and play through Season One content. “We continually have conversations about how best we can bring it back,” game director Mike Zadorojny tells us. “Unfortunately, because of the way that we did build it – it was fire and forget – that meant that as one team shipped something, another would come in and overwrite all of those changes.”
That means it’s a lot easier said than done when it comes to reactivating Season One. “Untangling that web is a little bit harder than just saying ‘and now the content is active.’ If we’re gonna bring it back – and I would love to bring it back – it means doing something in a meaningful way,” Zadorojny says.