A release is a game update that introduces content pertaining to a theme or event. These themes include holiday events and narratives that tell a story of the world of Tyria. The releases are often accompanied by other changes to the game, such as bug fixes, profession rebalancing in PvP, new activities, and themed items in the Gem Store. When actively developed, the time span between releases ranges roughly from two weeks to two months.
List of releases
|After Heart of Thorns|
|October 23, 2015|
|December 15, 2015|
|Eir's Memorial in Hoelbrak → Research in Rata Novus → Blood and Stone → Reaper of Magic → A Shadow's Deeds → Confessor's Stronghold|
|Taimi's Game → Destroying Destroyers → Igneous Breach → Trip to the Circus → Machine in the Flame → Old Foes, Old Ghosts → Dragon Vigil|
|October 18, 2016|
|Precocious Aurene → Journey to Bitterfrost Frontier → Frozen in Ice → Elixir Recipe → Elixir Cookin' → The Bitter Cold → Frozen Out|
|December 13, 2016|
| A Meeting of Ministers → Eyes on Lake Doric → Sabotage Fort Evennia → Breaking the Siege → Regrouping with the Queen → Confessor's End
|March 30, 2017|
- List of new features in each release: Release/Features
- Plot summary of the story so far:
- The company generally refers to non-release updates as hot fixes, updates, or patches.
- Before a release, ArenaNet publishes a preview of the content on the game's official site. They also publish official release notes on the News and Announcements forum in a new post. Subsequent patches are added to the post for the most recent major content update, which has almost always been an official release.