Season 2: Episode 1 is out! There’s trouble brewing in western Brisban Wildlands, and after you meet up with Seraph forces in the area you’ll travel to an entirely new and permanent desert-themed zone. The Zephyrites have crashed somewhere in the new area, and you’ll meet up with the Scooby Gang (Marjory, Kasmeer, Braham, Rox and Taimi) to uncover what made them crash.
There’s an entirely new reward system in place thanks to the new Story Journal. After you’ve completed the storyline for Gates of Maguuma, you unlock new challenge achievements that net you sweet rewards. There’s new crafting materials, a new stat set for armour, and more.
Each Living World update, which happens every two weeks, is free. If you miss an update, you can now retroactively unlock it via in-game gold or Gems. You’ll only be unlocking the instanced story missions you play for rewards – the world of Tyria still evolves in real time as the Living World continues, permanently being changed by each episode. The patch is about 358MB, and you can read the full patch notes here.