As you may already know, NCSoft and ArenaNet are at GamesCom, showing off Guild Wars 2 in playable from. A storm of recorded videos have been uploaded to Youtube since the event has opened, and the biggest surprise of the event is the fourth, previously unannounced playable profession: the Necromancer.
The previously announced professions of Guild Wars 2 are the Warrior, the Elementalist, and the Ranger. Necromancers have not only been confirmed as a playable playable profession at GamesCom, but the demo lets you play as one. According to Ten Ton Hammer‘s own hands-on with the demo, Necromancers have similar mechanics compared to their incarnation in the first Guild Wars, but the gameplay has a drastically different feel. While players can fight using the skills they’ve allotted, they also build up a secondary gauge, which allows them to exit their body and enter a shadow form when full. This form then grants players unique and powerful skills for as long as the gauge lasts, which depletes when damage is taken. Players are instantly transported to their original position when reverting.
As you can see from the off-screen gameplay footage below, the pets are used to great effect during gameplay too. Necromancers look like a fantastic addition to the Guild Wars 2 world. Let’s hope ArenaNet updates the official website with more info on the Necromancer profession soon.