The Dragon Bash holiday event is currently in full swing in Guild Wars 2; there are holographic enemies to kill, coffers to open, pinatas to smash, effigies to burn…and as of yesterday, the story arc of the festival has started.
Now, I don’t want to go into too much detail about that so far, being as we’re still only about halfway through it and it seems to be connected to the next patch that will be coming out. However, I must say that I really enjoy it so far, and there was one part in particular that stood out to me.
We all know how typical cutscenes are handled in Guild Wars 2. We have two character speaking to each other against a static backdrop, like so.
It’s not necessarily a bad way of handling cutscenes. I do have to say I prefer it over, say, the Old Republic, where it takes forever to load scenes because every single one is fully animated. However, it can be a bit flat.
Part of the Dragon Bash story, revealed today, is done as a cutscene. But it’s not the sort of cutscene you’re used to in Guild Wars 2. No, not at all. Here’s the loading screen for it…
As far as the art style goes, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. A sketchy painting in typical Guild Wars 2 fashion. What’s so different about it, though, is the fact that the entire cutscene is presented in this fashion. It’s reminiscent of the opening cutscenes when you first create a character, but due to the story it has a…darker feel to it. Very much a 40s detective flick feel to it, here. It gives a nice twist, and is certainly preferable to sky pirates and steampunk in my opinion.
We still don’t know the full story of what’s going on and what caused the tragedy that happened during the Dragon Bash festivities. And there are even more questions raised – Lady Kasmeer has reappeared, having apparently returned from her vacation on Southsun Cove; where does she fit into this? I somehow doubt she was just hanging around Marjory’s office for no reason at all. And speaking of the investigator, Marjory Delaqua…I want to know more about her. Namely, the fact that she appears very Canthan.
Will Marjory solve the case? How is Kasmeer involved with this situation, if at all? I suppose we’ll find out soon!
But man, I can’t get over how much I love that new cutscene style. I really hope we’ll be seeing more of that type added into the game.