In a daring attempt at fooling their audiences, developer ArenaNet and publisher NCSoft have released information on their latest profession for their upcoming game: Guild Wars 2.
This profession is the Commando and is based around modern day tactics in a fantastical world. It should be noted however that this joke is not just on their website. Players in the original game ‘Guild Wars’ and it’s optional expansions have noticed various pieces of architecture and some more modern forms of vehicles floating around in the game in various areas of Tyria. This is a substantial effort on the part of any developer and ArenaNet should be applauded for their delivery and commitment to the joke.
Should the Commando turn out not to be a joke, here is a sample of their skills:
Commandos have several different special skill types:
Grenades—Sometimes you need to kill a whole lot of tangos—fast. Grenades enable the commando to perform area-of-effect attacks with a variety of devastating results. From flashbangs that blind enemies to shrapnel bombs that apply bleeding, the commando has a grenade for every occasion.
Vehicles—Vehicle skills act as the commando’s utility skills. A commando can opt for an armored personnel carrier (APC) or a tank for land travel, a helicopter for air travel, or a submarine for undersea travel. Each vehicle gives the commando three utility skills, ranging from depth charges on the submarine to flamethrowers on the APC.
The APC, tank, and helicopter can also carry allied passengers to maximize your firepower. Passengers acquire new skills based on their profession and their position in the vehicle. For example, an elementalist manning the tank’s main gun can fire flaming shells, while a necromancer riding shotgun in an APC can use the Corrupted Headlights ability to poison and blind foes caught in the beams.
Force Multipliers—Commandos are one-man armies, but they don’t have to fight alone. Force multiplier skills let the commando call in helicopter gunships to take out a boss, rain death from above with Predator air strikes, or even request a danger close offshore naval bombardment.
Be sure to check out the Commando webpage for more info.