Does Guild wars 2 storyline follow up with guild wars 1?


Aug 14, 2012
So I haven't played Guild Wars 1 but I'm really interested in Guild Wars 2. But the thing is will the storylines follow up on each other? Or will I be able to play guild wars 2 without having to know what happened in guild wars 1 and still find it fun and understand the story of guild wars 2?
1. you're not required to have played GW1 to understand the personal story of GW2, they explain to you all the important things.

If you would have played GW1 you would get a lot more references to the first game in terms of places and NPCs, etc.

Basically the GW1 to GW2 is like Oblivion to Skyrim, you don't have to have played the previous game, but if you have you would notice little things that reference back to old game.