ArenaNet opens Guild Wars 2 API for fan-made apps

ArenaNet opens Guild Wars 2 API for fan-made apps
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

July 1st 2013 at 11:50AM

Tool will allow iOS and Android app development for free-to-play MMO

Guild Wars 2 maker ArenaNet is to give players access to the MMO’s application programming interface (API) to give its community the opportunity to create and build useful new tools.

The game’s API is extensive enough to allows players to create web-based tools, as well as iOS and Android apps, lead content designer Mike Zadorojny told PCGamesN.

“We have a team working on exposing some of the code to the player base,” said Zadorojny.

“We have APIs the players can tie into. The fans are already working on a Google Maps for Tyria that lets you zoom in and see what's going on at the individual map level. We’ve exposed what events are running and where they're running too, so say you're on Metrica Province, you'll be able to determine what events are on right now and where they are at that location.”

Zadorojny added that the Guild Wars team will continue to add new features and expose more code. It’s now looking at how player interaction can inform how it changes the gameworld.

Guild Wars 2’s latest update, called Sky Pirates of Tyria, launched last week, and introduced stocky new heroes, story content and additional fixes.