Guild Wars 2D Side-Scroller Actually Playable
The 80s-tastic Super Adventure Box trailer from Guild Wars 2 is already pretty awesome on its own. The silly creature suit for Rytlock, the retro effects, the absurd glasses they put on the Charr, every aspect of it is a glorious spoof of the era. What the ad did not tell us is the side-scrolling game the child is playing at the beginning of the sketch is actually real.
Yes, it actually exists. The development team at Arenanet mentioned wanting a 2d side-scroller for the announcement video, one member of the team spoke up about having wanted to make exactly that sort of game for a long time. Seeing no reason not to allow it, they actually let him put a working game together for the announcement.
The game as it appears in the video was put together in about three weeks and is now playable over on the Guild Wars 2 web site. It actually is pretty fun, so give it a spin and relive the glory days of pixelated joy that made up so many of our childhoods!