Sunqua Peak, Guild Wars 2’s new Fractal of the Mists, is all about the elements. From its storyline to its appearance and every challenge it holds, everything hinges on earth, water, wind, and fire.
“Sunqua Peak should be a peaceful place – suspended in a storm-lit sky, with beautiful stonework and flowering trees to mark the path up the mountainside,” developer ArenaNet says. “But something here is wounded, and the elemental spirits need your help to heal their home.” I dive into a demo with the MMORPG’s devs to find out what’s up.
Our small band prepares for the challenge ahead with some gear augmentations: Agony Infusions, to guard against the game mode’s unique anti-healing debuff, and brand-new Abyssal Infusions. These are a reward for beating the Fractal and living to tell the tale, with Agony resistance and power-boosting properties, and a neat, swirly “abyssal aura” effect, too. Properly equipped, we gather at the mode’s mouth – a serene courtyard overlooked by a roaring orange eye. Think Barad-dûr meets Kew Gardens.