We've got some information about the Lost Shores! Massively released this preview today and MMORPG wasn't far behind. Let's have a bit of a chat about the Lost Shores!
There's lots of interesting news but there's one area in particular that we should focus on - the items, specifically the introduction of 'Ascended' gear and infusion slots.
Infusion slots will probably work in a similar fashion to GW1 with an item akin to spectral essence being involved. It's possible that this process will skip the trading post altogether - they're already looking at changes to precursors (not confirmed yet) to counter the inflation in that area, so I wouldn't be surprised by more items locked to a character or account.
Ascended gear will be rewarded from the new dungeon Fractals of the Mist. It's probably a good bet that it'll be in a similar fashion to the loot from current dungeons - tokens. It's possible that ascended gear will be crafted with a new tier of materials (or crafters will eventually have this option) - but I don't think this is very likely.
Hazy though information may be we can certainly expect movement among certain items and materials: New gear means (unless players salvage using Black Lion Salvage Kits) more runes needed; New dungeons mean more loot at a certain level; New requirements to adventure into other parts of Tyria mean a reduced number of people in Orr or Frostgorge Sound (and a drop in their associated mats supply); and a new enemy means a new loot table (probably) - no more large and ancient bones from the Risen!
Although the details are sparse for now, it's never too early to begin speculation - there will be methods to make money popping up on or before the 15th - be it legitimate or idle speculation both will have effect on the in-game economy.
It's also certain that as Thursday/Friday approaches we'll get more and better details emerging. We shall keep our eyes peeled! What do you guys think? Share your ideas below!