Guild Wars is a fantasy-themed, Massively Multiplayer RPG video game set in Tyria. The fictional world is changing under the influence of gamers in the course of dynamic events. It was developed by the ArenaNet team and published by NCsoft. There are two versions of the game: the first appeared in April 2005, the second was released in August 2012. Moreover, the Guild Wars 2 logo looks more elaborate and perfect than the first release. He made the game very recognizable. And the widespread popularization was facilitated by the lack of a constant subscription fee, MMORPG elements, and an e-sports focus.
Meaning and History
The online game’s emblem appeared during the release because it needed a spectacular “cover,” intriguing and eye-catching. Also, her task was to reflect the events that take place in the fantasy universe. And the game design is already innovative. The first major update of Sorrow Furnace took place right in the year the game was released – in September 2005. Then the developers added several locations.
The second part is built on a different engine – a modified one, which ArenaNet planned to use earlier. Also, in Guild Wars 2, the logo is much more colorful and richer, and the animation and graphics are better. Also introduced the Havok system, which simplifies the interaction and an extended trial account with limitless possibilities. It’s free, but it provides access to all content.
The second set has two expansions – Heart of Thorns and Path of Fire. It has nine professions and five races that are not tied to each other. The character customization is very varied and rich. The combat system is active, so the projectiles fired are directed only in the chosen direction, and you can dodge them, like any attack.
Thus, the storyline and images of the fantasy world are directly conveyed in the logos. For Guild Wars 2, the emblem contains more details than the personal symbol of the debut part.
2005 – 2011
The logo contains only text – no graphics. But it is replaced by the letters themselves, made to order. They reflect well the atmosphere of fantasy, dynamics, the tension of everything that happens. This is accentuated by the blurred red stripe running along with the lettering, sparkling metallic textures, sharp serifs, and large spikes in the hand-drawn symbols.
Also used are bright highlights and reflections, gradient transitions of different colors – from golden to dark brown. “G” and “R” have special elongated strokes, reminiscent of spurs or sword blades. The “S” has a bifurcated lower end, like the trunk of an elephant. Guild Wars is in uppercase, but the first letters in words are much larger than the rest. Therefore, it seems as if there are both uppercase and lowercase characters. However, it is not. A thin dark line surrounds all characters. Clearance “D” depicts a four-pointed star or spark.
2012 – today
Guild Wars 2 has a slightly different logo with more detail and graphics. The name of the online game is located on one line. The letters are much denser than in the first emblem, so there is no gap between the final “D” and the initials “W.” All characters are also uppercase, but the size of “G” and “W” is slightly reduced compared to the previous logo. Moreover, they are narrow. “G,” “D,” and “S” have the bottom zone blown out, so it seems that there is space, and the strokes are not drawn at all. Gradient transitions are removed, the color is not variable – mainly, a dark palette prevails.
The key focus is on the dragon, which sits next to the title. The mythical animal is depicted in profile with wide strokes – like an artistic brush. In this way, it resembles tongues of flame through which its head, neck, and part of the torso appear. The dragon has an open mouth and a lowered head so that it resembles the number “2” as much as possible, indicating the issue number. The fantasy creature is painted in fiery colors: red, crimson, scarlet, and gold. Moreover, they are used in unlimited design options with an emphasis on different shades.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
Despite the great popularity and long-standing release of the multiplayer online game, it has only two logos – in terms of the number of issues. It can be noted that they have evolved from simple content to complex since to designate the second part, an additional element was required – a number. And in the debut version, the design emphasis is placed on letters – expressive, pointed, curly, meaningful. They convey the essence of the fantasy world, reflected in them, as in a mirror. Therefore, reflections and glare are visible everywhere. Nothing of the kind is observed in the current logo. It focuses on the fire-breathing dragon.
The first part has an individual typeface. It is hand-drawn, not printed, so all letters are graphic elements. For the second edition, the developers chose a font reminiscent of the custom GW Two.
The signature palette is made in one tone, but many shades are involved in it since, in both cases, there is a gradient. In the first logo, the lightest color is peach pink # fffbe8; the darkest is brown # 602c06. The red scale dominates the second emblem: a less saturated shade – sandy # fdb55f, intense – earthy # 250100.