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Guild Wars 2 Beta Details

The ArenaNet Blog has details on the upcoming final beta test of Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet's upcoming MMORPG sequel (thanks nin). Word is this will include the last two playable races:

For our final Beta Weekend Event (July 20-22), we’re making the asura and sylvari races available to beta players for the first time. Players will be able to create characters from any of the five main races of Tyria—human, norn, charr, asura, and sylvari—and begin their Guild Wars 2 experience in any of the five radically different home regions.

For asura players, this means beginning your tale in Metrica Province, a vivid, exotic jungle area full of high-tech laboratories, quirky golems, and competing krewes of mad scientists. Nearby, the massive monoliths of the asuran capital Rata Sum hum with technomagical power. These diminutive geniuses may seem cute at first glance, but never underestimate an asura…

Sylvari players begin their story in the Grove, a luminous living city nestled in the shade of the Pale Tree, the “mother” of every member of this young race of plant humanoids. The sylvari are an enigmatic race of chivalrous explorers who are driven by an insatiable curiosity and guided by a collective Dream.

If you’ve played in previous beta events, you know that each playable race has its own distinct regions, signature city, and personal storyline options. But above all, each race in Guild Wars 2 has its own identity, and the asura and sylvari perfectly illustrate this.

We can’t wait to see players drinking in the mystical atmosphere of the Grove or stopping alchemagical experiments running amok in Metrica Province during our last Beta Weekend Event before launch. If you want to reserve a spot in the beta, pre-purchase your copy of Guild Wars 2 today.

We’ll see you in-game on July 20-22! Excelsior!

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37. Re: Guild Wars 2 Beta Details Jul 9, 2012, 19:15 DeadlyAccurate
 
Krakum wrote on Jul 9, 2012, 17:44:
So as a person that doesn't know much about the GW games, is it safe to say this is a PvP first, PvE second game?

The reason I ask is I love PvP, but in so many games, it's the after thought. While I enjoy my share of PvE, the longevity in the game (for me) is PvP.

Could anyone in BETA give your thoughts on it? I'd rather hear it from unbiased individuals than a magazine review which I tend to take with a grain of salt...

I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard nothing but good about the World vs. World vs. World PvP. Since you're leveled to 80 when you enter the zone, you can start playing it from about 20 minutes into the game if you want. I did try out the structured PvP (think battlegrounds) and found it to be quite fun. But I'm not a big PvPer, so most of my time was spent in PvE. It's definitely not PvP first, PvE second, but I wouldn't necessarily say it was the other way around either.
 
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