As a preamble of sorts to today’s new Secret of Southsun content update, the ArenaNet team posted a few interesting information tidbits on the forums yesterday regarding the update and the changes we’ll see. First off, there will be parts of this Southsun update that will be permanent and others that will be temporary. The story part, in particular, will stick around for only one month. The story will also be more condensed and not so spread apart like Flame and Frost‘s story content often was. Today’s update will also bring other lasting changes to the island.
Originally posted by Robert Hrouda (Source)
The Southsun Shore stuff will not be like the previous Flame and Frost stuff in regards to how time-spanning it was. We’re a separate team than that one, and we have been working on this content while you all were playing F&F content.
Our story will last a month and then be over with, and as a result is more condensed. We’ve been listening to the feedback on F&F, and tried our hardest to adjust where possible. So our temporary content will last just the month, but we are making some permanent changes to the island that will persist after the living story bit is over.
In another thread, Anthony Ordon also told players that the system to travel to Southsun Cove will change a bit with the update. We still won’t be able to skip on over to the island via the open world (boo!), but we will be able to finally use the standard practice for traveling across Tyria– an asura gate.
Originally posted by AnthonyOrdon (Source)
There will indeed be a new asura gate linking Lion’s Arch to the new resort on Southsun Cove.
I agree that it seems possible to travel to Southsun from other areas when you’re looking at the map, but we’ve never had support for travel to other zones by swimming across the sea. In the context of the game world, I believe there are some pretty nasty things out in the deep water that would make it difficult to swim that far.