Nights are growing longer, and we can hear Jormag’s whispers in every chill wind. It’s nearly time for The Icebrood Saga‘s climactic arc to shake Tyria to its core.

The Icebrood Saga: Champions

The Icebrood Saga: Champions is a multichapter Living World finale featuring new story, repeatable gameplay content, rewards, achievements, and masteries. In the weeks between releases, each chapter will continue to evolve with new content and ways to play.

We’re diving deep into development on the upcoming expansion, Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons. Since our work in Cantha is top secret for now, today we’re sharing a high-level look at our Living World and festival release plans for every month from November 2020 through May 2021.

The Icebrood Saga: Champions Release Roadmap (Subject to Change)

November 2020

  • Chapter 1: Truce—17 November

December 2020

  • Wintersday

January 2021

  • Chapter 2: Power

February 2021

  • Lunar New Year

March 2021

  • Chapter 3: Balance

April 2021

  • Super Adventure Festival

May 2021

  • Chapter 4: Judgment

This timeline is independent of our announcement and release plans for Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons, but we’re excited to reveal more information on those as soon as the time is right! For now, let’s take a look at what you’ll find in The Icebrood Saga: Champions.

An Earth-Shattering Story Finale

You’ve always been a leader, skilled at bringing people together to protect what they hold dear. Now the treachery you uncovered in the north has left your allies shaken, and you’ll need to rely on the bonds of trust between you to survive what’s coming.

The Icebrood Saga‘s conclusion will be felt throughout Tyria—even across the seas.

Replayable Dragon Response Missions

Dragon minion incursions have thrown once-peaceful lands into chaos, and there’s no predicting where the next attack will erupt.

Each chapter of The Icebrood Saga: Champions introduces new Dragon Response Missions, which can be tackled solo or in a group of up to five players. In these encounters, you’ll head to invasion points to shore up defenses and protect the area from rampaging dragon minions. Work together with allied reinforcements to neutralize powerful dragon champions—the ultimate threat at the heart of the assaults.

Befriending Allied Factions

Tyria is full of people with different loyalties and priorities, but everyone is at risk from an enemy driven only by destruction. When dragon minion attacks multiply, you’ll find more envoys making their way to the Eye of the North.

During global faction mobilization events, players can pitch in to train, rally, and build trust with factions both familiar and unlikely. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts, and your allies will begin randomly appearing in Dragon Response Missions to lend their special strengths to the fight.

Achievements, Masteries, and Rewards

As you play The Icebrood Saga: Champions, unlock the Dragon Slayer Mastery track to boost your abilities in Dragon Response Missions and purchase weapon recipes and more from friendly faction vendors. Complete achievements and collections to earn valuable materials, Mastery points, and unique rewards.

Voice Acting in “No Quarter” and “Jormag Rising”

The members of Guild Wars 2‘s intrepid voice cast are now able to provide recordings remotely, and we’ll update “No Quarter” and “Jormag Rising” with voice acting when The Icebrood Saga: Champions begins on 17 November. These two episodes were impacted by COVID-19 health precautions, and we appreciate your understanding and support as we work to keep our staff and voice talent safe.

Keep an eye out for more information about The Icebrood Saga: Champions next week! The trailer for Chapter 1: Truce arrives on 5 November.