Guild Wars 2 Reveals Engineer Class
Guild Wars 2 Reveals Engineer Class
Guild Wars 2 has officially announced the 'Engineer' class today, and ahead of the announcement we got an overview of the class - plus a chance to ask Lead Game Designer Eric Flannum some questions.
Eric does well to drop some knowledge on us about the new class though - and there's a full run down at Guild Wars' official site. To cap it all off, we've also got our hands on the class reveal trailer - it's looking pretty sweet.
GameArena: What sort of players do you think will be drawn towards the engineer?
Eric Flannum: We think that players who really enjoy thinking through situations and planning carefully will enjoy playing the engineer the most. A lot of what the engineer does involves setting things up before they happen. Where do you place your mines? Where can you put health packs for your allies? What is the best spot for this net turret? Of course, the engineer has some more “immediate” skills at his disposal as well. Sometimes you can’t beat the fun of taking a flamethrower to things.
GA: Their skill set seems geared towards a heavy amount of preparation. Is this designed to alter how the player thinks about how they play their class?
EF: Yes, the engineer is definitely a profession that will cause players to have to think a little differently. The mindset you have while playing a thief is very different than the mindset you have playing an engineer.
GA: Many of their skills seem to be geared towards damage-dealing and solo play – do they have much utility in a team environment?
EF: Engineers are actually great at support. With things like the healing turret and the med kit, an engineer can set up a “healing area” for allies and then concentrate on slowing enemies and inflicting conditions with something like the grenade kit or dual pistols.
GA: Elixir X sounds both fantastic and hilarious. Is there room for more items of this type, and does it face any danger in being at all too powerful?
EF: The random nature of the elixirs is a huge tradeoff for the engineer. When using an elixir, an engineer can never be entirely certain what they are going to get. This puts them into a reactive mode where they need to respond to whatever it is they have gotten from their elixir. In addition to Elixir X, the engineer also has Elixir H, Elixir B, Elixir U, and the ever popular Elixir S.
GA: Will the weapon kits system be affected by gear?
EF: All engineer kits (including weapon kits) are equipped in the second five skills slots and behave in the same manner as any skills equipped in those slots. As with all skills, they are affected by a player’s attributes, so they are indirectly affected by gear.
You can watch the video in our videos library, or download it from our downloads library. Guild Wars 2 is shaping up to be the stand-out MMO of the year - especially now that it seems that The Old Republic is slipping to 2012. The sheer variety of the classes on offer and the amount of love going into the entire game is phenomenal. Do you think you'll board the Guild Wars 2 ship when it sails into port?
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