While the Grand Theft Auto 5 gameplay trailer has taken the gaming world by storm -- at least console gamers -- Guild Wars 2 players have a new PvP battleground to look forward to. According to a post on the game's official site by ArenaNet's David Campbell, the new battleground is Skyhammer -- an airborne map full of jump pads, shattering floor panels, and a gigantic mega cannon. You'll battle for control of three capture points, while hoping to turn the mega cannon's power against your opponents. Oh, and you can push your opponents to their death.
There's a lot of diversity in the map. As mentioned, jump pads enable players to hop up to ledges and over walls. And the shattering floors can send players plunging to their death. Environment artist Darrin Claypool said of the map, "From a design perspective, the PvP team really wanted to create a super-weapon map where your team fights to control it so they can control the map. We settled on a high, vertical map with a canon. Tyler had the awesome idea to add jump pads to the map (at the time jump pads had only been used in Super Adventure Box) -- as soon as we added those, it took the map to a different level." Jump pads trigger an explosion that propel a player into the air, twice or three times their normal height.