Current Trait Unlock system will be removed in Heart of Thorns
Arenanet has just confirmed on their official forums that the current trait unlock system, which requires players to complete specific events or activites to earn them, will be removed in the upcoming Heart of Thorns expansion. It was also confirmed that other grind/annoyance-based progression systems are being evaluated to be placed in the mastery system.
The mastery system has been confirmed to be account bound, meaning traits will also become account bound.
It has also been confirmed that masteries will be removing some other RNG/grind based system, including the acquisition of a precursor weapon.
Now that the HOT is out of the bag, we’re able to update this thread with more details. With the introduction of the new account based mastery system for end-game progression and growth in PvE, we’ll also be re-evaluating our other systems of character progression to ensure they match our over-all pillars and goals for Gw2.
In doing so: we’re going to be removing the current trait unlocking system currently on live and replacing it with a more simplified system that supports where skills-traits-specializations are going in the future. We’ll go into more details between now and the release of HOT on how skills, traits, and specializations will work in the new Gw2 world.