This year’s Guild Wars 2 Extra Life campaign makes one brave little girl’s dreams come true.
Feelgood Friday: Guild Wars 2 Extra Life Livestream Brings a Real-Life Hero to Tyria
As if any more evidence of the positive power of MMOs was needed, Guild Wars 2 is stepping up to demonstrate the heartwarming side to live service games. Because an upcoming event is set to blur the line between reality and fiction in the best possible way, via a Guild Wars 2 Extra Life livestream.
The event will feature a Guild Wars-ified rendition of a real-life hero named April. Each year, the US-based children's hospital charity, Children's Miracle Network, designates a 'champion' within their local community, to serve as the face for children treated at their local hospitals. This year, ten-year-old April Arellano, who had to have her leg amputated due to a serious infection, is that hero.
As an avid gamer, ArenaNet saw fit to pay homage to this year's CMN champion while showcasing the technological powers of jade, which was first revealed as part of GW2's End of Dragons expansion. Enter April the Mesmer Wunderkind, an ambitious yet meddlesome scamp whose design, personality, and event have all been modelled off IRL April, including a pretty slick jade prosthetic leg.
The event is part of ArenaNet's contribution to Feelgood Friday mainstay, Extra Life. A 24-hour "livestream experience" planned for November 4th will aim to pull in community engagements and incentivize viewers to donate in order to unveil hints and progress the plot surrounding in-game April. The donations earned during this stream will, of course, go straight to the Children's Miracle Network Hospital.
For this reason, ArenaNet is keeping further details of April's story under wraps, so as to entice viewers to their Guild Wars 2 Extra Life stream on the big day. But rest assured that April and the new event will remain permanent features within Guild Wars 2, so even if you miss it, you can find out for yourself what this new event has in store at a later date.