Guild Wars 2 beta hits 1 million applicants in under 48 hours, now closed.
1 million people applied to beta test title in 48 hours
AreaNet announced last week on Twitter that applicants for the Guild Wars 2 beta, which was open for 48 hours from February 22 to February 24, attracted 1 million applicants.
Not everyone will be selected however: the chosen few will be notified by email, who will then have to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before being allowed to play the much-anticipated title.
As for when the beta will begin, AreaNet are saying during March. Full consumer release is expected sometime during 2012. Though, for those who are not chosen, AreaNet have said that a wider audience would be allowed into the beta during April.
Despite working towards a PC beta of Guild Wars 2, AreaNet made no announcements on the state of their console version – maintaining the PC version as their primary focus – of the game despite revealing that a small development team is working on that version earlier this month.
Mike Ferguson on Guild Wars 2 World vs World vs World
To coincide with the beta sign-up, Mike Ferguson – designer on Guild Wars 2 – talked about some of the PvP (Player vs Player) combat in Guild Wars 2 last week, on the AreaNet blog and on Reddit, in the World vs World vs World mode.
In the posts Ferguson described various aspects of the new mode. The four large maps, which hold over a 100 people, also have home maps for the three teams (or worlds) with the fourth map having unique features in the center and acting as a neutral area.
Ferguson also revealed that servers are matched up against other, similarly ranked servers with ranks changing at the end of each match between the few minutes of downtime.
To progress players have to defeat the keep lord, and then hold the keep until their server claims it. If at the time a huge amount of players are not around, players can capture and defend smaller towers in the countryside.
Players can also use siege weapons to gain advantage – built from a blueprint, supply and from working together – from trebuchets to arrow carts.
Guild Wars 2 is expected to be released in 2012 for PC.