I just need to compose myself before I write this post…
……..OK. That should do it. I’m in control of my squeal reflex.
ArenaNet have today announced the Engineer for the upcoming Guild Wars 2! As the second to last class to be revealed (where are you Mesmer?), the Engineer is a master of the mechanical and uses explosives, gadgets, alchemy and a wide range of deployable devices to control the battlefield (it’s all very steam-punky!). What I have found surprising, though, is that the Engineer is so similar to Warhammer Online’s. As in literally a carbon copy. Although being fair to ArenaNet, I would argue their ‘version’ is much more robust (see details below) and is hopefully capable of actually competing against other classes, unlike Mythic’s efforts. The ability to move your turrets as a default skill is already an improvement!
The press release goes on to state:
Much like the Elementalist, the Engineer uses only a single weapon set at time, but enhances that set by equipping special kits that provide additional weapons and skills for both supportive and offensive skill sets. Whether by firing elixirs to allies with an Elixir Gun, or laying mines and turrets for unsuspecting foes, the Engineer is never without options as long as a tool kit is near.
The Engineer employs a wide range of mechanical know-how:
- Backpack and Weapon Kits: When activated, these kits replace the engineer’s current weapon skill set with all new offensive tech. Lob smoke, concussion and fire bombs with the bomb backpack, or dish out massive area damage by utilizing the flamethrower skills activated by using the flamethrower kit.
- Turrets: By launching and moving around various types of turrets, the engineer controls and defends the battlefield. The engineer can place, pick up and move turrets during battle, and can even use the individual overdrive mode of each turret for extra devastation.
- Tool Belt: An engineer would be lost without a Tool Belt, as it increases the effectiveness and functionality of the engineer’s skills. Adding an additional set of skills above the weapon bar, the tool adds an extra function to turrets, mines, grenades and more.
Engineers use their tools, mechanical knowledge and a dose of alchemy to provide offensive strength and defensive support to their teammates. With a touch of steampunk flair, the Engineer profession brings the mechanics of battle to Guild Wars 2.
So if you fancy taking a look at a class that will undoubtedly be my ‘main’, hit the jump. It’s worth a look.
/set excitement_level 100000000000000
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