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Guild Wars 2's capital city is being rebuilt

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It was over a year ago that Guild Wars 2's capital city, Lion's Arch, was destroyed as part of the Living World storyline. Since then, a group of NPCs have constantly hammered at the same spots in the hope that a city would magically re-appear. Amazingly, it seems to have worked. As part of yesterday's otherwise minor Guild Wars 2 patch, scaffolding has sprung up around the city. In addition, ArenaNet has unveiled their plan for a brand new Lion's Arch.

"The plan of the city leaders is not to attempt to fully restore the landmark as it once was, but rather to implement an enhanced design that will more realistically serve the Tyria of today," writes ArenaNet's Gaile Gray.

To recognise the change in design, various districts and landmarks are being renamed. ArenaNet is giving its players the chance to help name these locations—albeit only by picking from a list of pre-selected options.

ArenaNet says the rebuilt city will be ready in the "next few months". Below, you can find some screenshots of the building work as it currently stands.

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Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.