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Guild Wars Announced

The Guild Wars Website is now online, along with the press release announcing this online RPG, a collaboration between ArenaNet and NCSoft. Though the game will log on for updates every time it is played, they plan to require no subscription fees in North America ("and will offer a variety of pricing options for gamers in other parts of the world"). The game has a fantasy setting, and looks to cater to solo adventuring as well as group efforts. Along with the announcement, the site carries a FAQ as well as a Gallery with the first images from the game and a wallpaper. Here's a bit from the announcement on what to expect from this project, which will debut at E3, and is due for release in the second quarter of 2004:

In the fantasy world of Guild Wars, players can engage in cooperative group combat, in single player adventures, or in large head-to-head guild battles. Guild Wars is a game that will constantly evolve, using streaming technology to provide players with the latest updates while they’re online. In addition, gamers will be able to play Guild Wars without a monthly fee in North America. NCsoft will announce a variety of pricing options for gamers in other parts of the world in the near future.

“We’re excited to unveil Guild Wars,” said Patrick Wyatt, the original producer and lead programmer for the Warcraft series. “We believe that players are going to enjoy experiencing a game that offers technological advances that fundamentally improve the online role-playing experience, and the introduction of a groundbreaking business model for the genre.”

ArenaNet was founded by key members of the creative teams behind the hit game series Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo, as well as Battle.net, one of the most successful gaming networks in the world.

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18. I launched a FanSite for GuildWars! May 30, 2003, 18:14 Mesklinite
 
Come and visit us at http://www.theguildwars.net

 
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17. the Unofficial ArenaNet Forums May 19, 2003, 03:55 Chile
 
In case anyone is interested,

we've been running a forum for ArenaNet for quite some time. But, we recently moved the site over to the main domain. Although we only have a small number of forum members, we do recieve regular visits from the Guild Wars developers.

You're welcome to visit us at

http://www.rpgstars.com/forums

With Regards,
Chile

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16. All it is is diablo Apr 23, 2003, 13:44 benzor
 
This is not a MMO its going to be a real 3d version of diablo. Did you see that they are not going to charge. Also it does not allow for more then 8 players so it nothing close to an MMO.

 
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15. Re: free, uhu Apr 23, 2003, 05:38 ImaTarget
 
well after a little bit more diggin i found that guild wars is NOT a mmorpg in the common sense. check here http://www.ve3d.com/Comments.aspx?ID=4759&contenttype=1 and here http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/guildwars/preview_6025496.html

basicly it sounds like a 3d chatroom with rpg elements and Missions. Hmm if only the persistant parts like the "Towns" and "outposts" are provided by them but the mission areas would be delivered by a player aka "missionopener" or something (like in battle.net) it could work.

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14. Re: free, uhu Apr 23, 2003, 01:30 Unmaker
 
I feel your pain Ima, but what if its really really affordable compared to other MMORPGs?

 
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13. Neat Apr 23, 2003, 00:34 nmg
 
This GuildWars thing will be a game to look out for. I hope it comes through as promised.

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12. Re: free, uhu Apr 22, 2003, 16:41 Tom Ohle
 
They've probably got deals in place with North American ISPs to provide the connections. When you log on, you get a AT&T logo or something, then the game starts. Who knows? Fact is, they're making a free MMORPG. Woo.

 
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11. free, uhu Apr 22, 2003, 15:27 ImaTarget
 
and pigs can fly... i can´t imagine how this could possibly be a valid business model. where does the money come from to pay the people wich produce the new content and the hosting/traffic?

besides as an european i feel really a tad "pissed". why should all the others pay a montly fee if the people in north america can play it for free ?

 
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10. Re: Free! Apr 22, 2003, 14:55 Soupkin
 
wow maybe this game will be worth checking out.. no monthly fees sound good, if it has no cd key that is.

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9. Free! Apr 22, 2003, 14:39 indiv
 
I don't know how they managed to make a free MMORPG. What I do know, however, is that my character just defeated a lich in the 42nd level of the Microsoft dungeon and got a killer pair of Nike +1 shoes!

 
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8. Re: MMOG or not? Apr 22, 2003, 13:54 Unmaker
 
Read the FAQ, it answers that question.

 
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7. MMOG or not? Apr 22, 2003, 13:34 Conty
 
Forgive me if I missed it, but I don't see "Massively Multiplayer" anywhere in that press release. They claim "large head-to-head guild battles"... 64 players is "large".

We'll find out in a few weeks, one way or the other.

 
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6. Okay... Apr 22, 2003, 12:47 Unmaker
 
I don't know what to make of this. Are these former or current members of Blizzard? If former, then was their some kind of exodus from the company? If the latter, is their talent splitting its attention?

 
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5. Re: Most Impressive!! Apr 22, 2003, 10:48 Tom Ohle
 
Hell, don't forget it's some of the guys that were involved with the creation of battle.net. I'm sure they'll have ISP sponsors and such, but I don't doubt for a second that they can pull it off. Looking forward to it.

 
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4. Re: Most Impressive!! Apr 22, 2003, 10:37 LordSteev
 
Hey nin, I just read every page of the website, and it just sounds better and better!! It DOES sound too good to be true, though, so maybe the retail price is $300.00 or something, lol...

 
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3. Re: Most Impressive!! Apr 22, 2003, 10:29 nin
 
Sounds too good to be true. No sub fees AND solo play?

hmmm....I'd like to see them pull this one off!



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2. Re: Most Impressive!! Apr 22, 2003, 10:25 LordSteev
 
Oops, hit post too soon, lol...

FREE MMORPG!!!

And done by the ex-Blizzard guys, no less!!!
This game just went on my short list.

JUST SAY NO to pay to play, LOL!!

 
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1. Most Impressive!! Apr 22, 2003, 10:24 LordSteev
 


 
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