Here’s how you can join the Guild Wars 2 beta
Players can still get into the pre-purchase Guild Wars 2 beta, which begins tomorrow. Here’s how
If you’re thinking about playing Guild Wars 2 this weekend, then it’s not as easy as updating the client and jumping in. A few requirements need to be met beforehand, even if you’re an former Guild Wars player.
The beta goes live tomorrow, April 27, at noon PDT (Pacific time), 3PM EDT (Eastern) and runs until April 29 and 12AM Midnight PDT/3AM Eastern. For those who live outside the U.S., head to http://bit.ly/JcEFr0. It shows times for every single time zone imaginable.
Three Guild Wars 2 editions
The beta is called a pre-purchase beta because, well, that’s what you have to do: pre-purchase the game. It basically means that users buy the game and get access to all future bets weekends, which are going to happen once a month according to AreaNet (though the company doesn’t know how many there will be).
Three editions are available: the Digital Edition, which costs £49.99, and just includes the game. Then there is the Digital Deluxe Edition for £64.99 which includes the game, and other in-game items such as the Chalice of Glory and then Miniature Rytlock. The final version – the Collector’s Edition – includes the content of all the previous two editions, and a 112-page art books and the soundtrack of the game in CD form, among other features.
Three of the game’s five races will be available in the game: the Human, Norr and the Charr with content up to level 25. The Personal Story goes up to level 25, which is influenced by the choices you make as a character is rolled out. Two of competitive Player vs Player maps will be available, along with World vs World PvP, the Human, Norr and Charr and Lion’s Arch will be available to the public for the first time. Lion’s Arch was one of the main cities in Guild Wars.
There is no NDA over the beta, unlike the press beta, so players can share views and share/watch videos.
As for when GW2 releases, the developers said ‘when it’s done.’