Guild Wars 2 Launch Date: 28th August
After years of waiting, ArenaNet has announced the launch date of Guild Wars 2: 28th August, 2012.
There are 2 PvP formats in Guild Wars 2. The first is structured PvP which allows competition on an even footing. The second is World PvP, which involves massive 3-way battles between servers with hundreds or thousands of participants in 2-week long battles. In Guild Wars 2, any character can enter PvP at any time and is automatically scaled to level 80. Skills, experience and equipment can be obtained just in PvP, so the PvE world is in fact optional.
Those who do want to play PvE will find themselves in a large, beautiful and dangerous world. Guild Wars 2 is set 250 years after the events in Guild Wars 1, after the rise of the Edler Dragons. Humans, no longer the dominant race, are joined by the Charr, Norn, Asura and Sylvari as playable races. Each character has a personal story, which is influenced by choices made at character creation and during the game.
Guild Wars 2 does not have traditional quest givers. Events just happen around you, like it or not! Exploration is encouraged to find more events and things to do. Events scale in difficulty to the number of participants, and everyone is rewarded based on how much they helped. Players are encouraged to play together (no kill/loot stealing). Even if they are different levels, loot and experience scaling occurs so that high level players aren’t penalised for playing with their low level friends.
The game has 8 professions, each of which has a unique skills, style and combat mechanics: Guardian, Warrior, Engineer, Ranger, Thief, Elementalist, Mesmer and Necromancer. There is no dedicated healing profession - any combination of professions can play together, so you no longer need to worry about who will bring what.
A larger number (enough to fill 3 in-game guilds) of TOG members have been playing GW2’s Beta Weekend Events, and will be even bigger at release. If you are going to play this game, head over to the Guild Wars 2 Division as there is a lot of excitment and information there.
There will be one more BWE before release, starting on the 21st July. Participation in the BWE requires pre-purchase of Guild Wars 2. Pre-purchasing also grants you a 3-day headstart before the official launch.
- ArenaNet announcement
- TOG Guld Wars 2 Division
- TOG Guild Wars 1 Division (in case you need something to do before launch!)
The following screenshots are by Toggers during the Beta Weekend Events.
Morri: Lion’s Arch centre area
Pinkeh: TOG take on troll cave
Ebonytears: Awesome water effects
inoshiro: WvW: blue invaders inside garrison
Saturnshimmer: Beautiful underwater colours
Roq: Do you still love me?
Ludy’s pretty norn
Sweetblue: Top of stairs in beginning Norn area
Zeigfried: with Baelrock during an event
Jaglavak: Storming the castle
Dander: I entered this city and thought, umm I am gonna be lost for quite some time
Seoh: Special effectstastic!