Unless I am mistaken (I could be thinking about a different game) but when in a party GW2 used to play the cinematic for both players when one player started the conversation - has this changed? Is it a toggleable option or am I just imagining the entire thing?

  • Are you doing dungeons or helping somebody else with their main story? I think there is some slight differences between them. But the cinematic should start for both players either way. Oct 23, 2015 at 7:09

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The cutscene plays for every member of a party, regardless of previous completion if it is a quest cutscene. For the cutscene to be skipped all players must skip it, if this is not the case the players who skipped will be able to walk around while the others finish the cutscene.

Those who have not skipped are denoted by a film reel above their head.

  • All but the first sentence are true of dungeons, but not for story missions. In story missions, the player who started the instance is the only one who can initiate or skip cutscenes, and does so for the whole party.
    – Brian
    Oct 23, 2015 at 18:42

No it has not changed,my wife and I play every day and the cinematic plays for both (or all) in party in storyline and dungeons.

  • Maybe we caught a bug or something, when one of us clicked on the NPC it only played for one of us. the other had to click too for it to start for them. Oct 23, 2015 at 17:50
  • Which is the behaviour for NPC's outside of missions, such as scouts. As you can see players in a cinematic by the 'reel of film' icon above the characters head.
    – David Yell
    Jun 13, 2016 at 15:18

There are cinematic that cannot be skipped and you need to watch them. Then you have cinematic that you can skip them.

When you are on the same area (map) with your friend and you are on the same Story quest on of you can be leader of the story and start the quest. Then a pop up message will come to your party-friend to accept if he likes to do the story with you.

Then Story start normally and after it finished it requires from the non-leader (the guy who started the story) if he approves to continue the story or he likes to stay on this one (so he can do it again)

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