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Guild Wars 2 designer details five new guild mission types

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Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet's fantasy-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, will introduce five new guild mission types this month to support player versus enemy group-based combat, according to a post by content designer Leah Rivera on the game's official website.

"Our team's primary goal was to create a solid foundation to support PvE guild play," Rivera writes. "We wanted to create a feature that provided guild members with fun things to do together now, and could be expanded to support new styles of content in the future. To do that, we've created a system with three key features: guild missions, guild merits and an expanded unlock system."

Mission types to be incorporated in to the game this month include Guild Trek, in which players scour the landscape to find locations, Guild Challenge, which tweaks the existing event system to foster group play, Guild Rush, where players test their "skills with a mad dash over harrowing terrain, traps, and other hidden dangers" and Guild Puzzle, a "puzzle and a jumping challenge all in one."

Guilds will be able to unlock missions through the guild tech tree. Because they take place in a persistent world, guilds will also be able to recruit other players. Check out the video above to see them in action.

The changes are the latest in a series that the developer is bringing to the game this year. In January, ArenaNet announced plans to expand and balance the achievement system and add content that would encourage players to fight in groups. Later in the month, the developer detailed updates that would tweak spawn points to foster teamwork. Guild Wars 2's second content update, Flame and Frost: The Gathering Storm, will arrive Feb. 26 with a new PvP map.