Guild Wars 2 will soon move away from a technology that is older than many players it currently has.
ArenaNet announced that Guild Wars 2 will be dropping support for DirectX 9 on February 6, 2023.
Everyone will be required to upgrade to DX 11 instead, which may sound harsh at first but one does need to keep in mind the age of the technology that allows the game to properly utilise video and audio components of a PC.
DirectX 9 was released in 2002, making it over 20 years old at the time GW2 support for it will have ended.
Additionally, DX9 was mostly used during the Windows XP era which hasn't been around for several generations, with Windows 7, 10 and now 11 having succeeded it.
DX 11 has also been proven as a much-needed and awaited upgrade, with players celebrating it the moment it was released. In fact, some players used third-party methods just to get past DX9.
If you are unsure what the difference is and how the switch impacts you, the player, it's easiest to put in terms ever gamer will understand - more FPS.
While oversimplified, this explanation stands true and anyone who switches between DX9 and DX11 will see immediate performance changes, especially in highly-populated areas.
This is especially important during events and World Bosses in Guild Wars 2 where a ton of players come together in a relatively small space. Instead of being forced to spam the equivalent of auto attacks with a frame rate that makes a slideshow look smooth, players can now properly engage with these massive occasions.