In a forum post from game director Colin Johanson he outlines ArenaNet’s goals for the coming months ahead with more details to follow soon.
To set expectations accordingly, the January release will be a relatively small release that sets the table for the stories and features we plan to roll out with the Feb/March releases and beyond. Also, there will be no new race, profession, or new region with these larger Feb/March releases. One of our major goals with these releases is making our existing world as strong as possible, ensuring there are reasons to go to all the locations in the world weâ€™ve already built, and strengthening the core game weâ€™ve provided. In saying this will be an expansions worth of stuff in these releases, weâ€™re talking about the number of new features that will be rolled out across PvE, WvW, and PvP in early 2013, which usually youâ€™d only find in an expansion for a traditional MMORPG.
More details and specifics to come in the next couple of weeks, but I hope that helps provide some more insight into what to expect at a very high level.
In other news, there has been bannings for salvagingÂ snowflakes into ecto before the exploit was sorted out. Gaile commented on this…
Iâ€™ve seen the numbers, and the damage to the economy could have been substantial, if the exploit wasnâ€™t closed down and if these people were allowed to use their ill-gotten gains. People whose accounts were terminated were the worst offenders. Iâ€™m talking a lot of ill-gotten gains that posed a significant potential impact on the economy.
Any time you take one thing and can make two, and then four, and then sixteenâ€¦ ya gotta know thatâ€™s just wrong. (I wonâ€™t quibble on the odds, but overall, that form of doubling was not outside the realm of possibility.) And to perform that action hundreds and hundreds of times? Thatâ€™s call â€śexploitation,â€ť and thatâ€™s against the User Agreement, the Rules of Conduct, and all that is holy.
I know the OP will disagree. But weâ€™ve been more than kind, in the past, and everyone needs to own up to his/her errors and recognize:Â We all are part of the game economy, and those who exploit it are hurting the rest of us.
Worst offenders terminated.
Thatâ€™s what has to happen to make things right for all of us.