Guild Wars 2 has been amassing popularity at an alarming rate due to the presence of closed beta. Since Press have garnered quite a lot of positive feedback for the game people are becoming more intrigued with the game. I mean there are a lot of us who have been interested from day one, but there are still people who have never heard of it.
Now I think popularity for Guild Wars 2 is good and bad. At the one end, popularity is awesome. More players which will really bring great success for ArenaNet. We all want this, ArenaNet wants this and NCsoft wants this. It's inevitable, money is a crucial part of any games development process. And they are aiming for that pot of gold at the end of the "development" rainbow. But I wonder if this outrageous popularity isn't going to have drawbacks.
We all hear many things around the MMORPG world. I'd say one of the most heard sayings being "Is this the next WoW killer?" World of Warcraft since it's release years and years ago has been the pinnacle for MMORPG's and a great comparison point. How does this game match up with World of Warcraft, as it is the reigning subscription king. I think for Guild Wars 2 if it were to take this "throne" of sorts there would be a lot of negative pulled along with it.
I think the mass of players in World of Warcraft brought out it's more negative side. It was frequent to encounter very negative and aggressive players. And there was this sort of elitist hierarchy during raiding where it would be hard to reach this standard. Like you need to have this armor, these weapons. The game at that point for me didn't become fun. It became crude competition and the only way to emerge victorious was to put in more hours. Skill took a backseat and the difficulty curve flattened fairly quick.
So for Guild Wars 2 these are some things I wouldn't want to happen. I don't want to have to have these items, these utility skills and this elite skill to be invited along a dungeon. I don't want everyone comparing Guild Wars 2 to new games releasing after.
I think though that there is a chance, with a negligible uncertainty, that across the internet the term "will this be the next Guild Wars 2 killer" might become popular. And I have mixed feelings about that.