Guild Wars 2's Escape from Lion's Arch update will bring the central city under attack

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Guild Wars 2's main city of Lion's Arch has seen plenty of drama across the Living Story. Over the last year, there's been an assassination attempt, an election, and a hidden pirate airship. Mostly, though, there's been those two jerks by the Leatherworking station endlessly repeating their infuriating conversation about outhouses and sewage disposal. Why, if I had my way, I'd burn the whole damn place to the ground.

If this video teaser for the next update is anything to go by, ArenaNet might be granting my wish.

With the Escape from Lion's Arch update, the city will be beset by pirates, krait, dredge, and the general menagerie of Scarlet's axis of evil. It's not yet clear how the siege will play out - and the extent to which ArenaNet are prepared to disrupt the city's status as the neutral ground for the game's many players. Will the city's trade functions be disrupted as forces attack the zone, or will the carnage be shifted off to an instance, to be neatly resolved at the end of a quest?

Normally I'd expect the latter, but this is the penultimate update of the Living Story's first season, and it would be nice to think ArenaNet have something significant planned for the finale. Entirely destroying the city might be a little too significant, but I would happily settle for the brutal murder of every ambient dialogue-spouting NPC.

Escape from Lion's Arch will be live in Guild Wars 2 from the 16th February.