Guild Wars 2 Opens Beta Sign-Ups For 48 Hours

Shoot the creepy thing!

Want you access to the Guild Wars 2 beta? Well, from this very minute and for the next 48 hours you can sign up. It doesn’t seem that it will guarantee you a spot, but you’ll certainly be on the list for future beta events. You need only head here, put in your details, drip one drop of blood from your palm into the gauze pad by your keyboard, and you’re done. I’d suggest doing it right now, but you’ve got until 6pm (Queen’s Time) on Friday before the offer is up.


  1. Squirrelfanatic says:

    YES! Registered.

    • Suits says:

      I was just in time for the crash ;)

    • Stromko says:

      Once I saw there was a class that used blackpowder guns, I knew I had to sign up. Nothing else I’ve seen up to this point really pushed me to wanting to play GW2 in particular.

    • FriendlyFire says:

      @Stromko: I assume you haven’t followed what the Charr are, then? They’re basically a race that’s just entered their industrial revolution, except they’re brutal and ruthless conquerors on top of that.

      They have steampunk mobile fortresses.

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    • mdcvnvxnb says:

      I was about to complain about seeing an error message but then I got in ^^ oh man it’s been years since I’ve been this hyped for a beta, almost visibly shaking.. link to

    • Groove says:

      Thank you Rock Paper Chums, I’ve registered =)

  2. Miltrivd says:

    Freaking yes, I hope I get in, I’ve been waiting years for something new and worth trying in MMO country. This year looks exciting :D

  3. Devilz85 says:

    I’m getting an Internal Server Error :(

    • feffrey says:


    • Reapy says:

      We broke it… indicator of how much money they will make when the game goes on sale ;)

    • Orija says:

      When was the last time there was so much hype for an MMORPG?

    • Archipelagos says:

      When was the last time there was this amount of hype? Really? SW:ToR, obviously. If anything that had more.

    • Dominic White says:

      SW:TOR had an enormous advertising budget to drum up hype. GW2 has had increasingly larger waves of people playing hands-on events to achieve the same effect. I’m much more skeptical about the former than the latter.

    • Reapy says:

      That’s my feel too. Star wars felt like money being thrown around in fist fulls. Very carefully guided gameplay videos released, just the right level of marketer excitement etc.

      Guild wars 2 feels like people playing and looking at the game and going, wow this is awesome. The game is talking for them, not their marketing budget.

      Overall GW2 to me doesn’t look quite like anything unique, but just a really beautifully drawn and well thought out game. There have always been aspects to MMO’s I like, and things I hate. The most significant ones have always been that in pve other player’s presence is a nuisance, and in PVP that in order to even start learning the game to see if I like it, I have to put in 100+ hours first, and even if I do like it, I don’t know 5+ other people that like it enough and were dedicated enough to put 100+ hours in so I can compete at an average level.

      GW2 seems to smash right into those things and let you just get to playing a ‘mmo style’ game without the time crash. In pve the quest deluge that takes a while is what I want, in pvp the jump in and be on equal footing with my defeat only being my own lack of performance and understanding.

      All of that without the guillotine of a reoccurring monthly fee hanging over my head, so that if I do end up putting the game down for a while, I don’t have to decide if it’s ‘offically time to quit’ or not and cancel the sub. I can just play it if I want to, or ignore it if I don’t want to.

      Seems worth the hype to me so far.

    • Jimbo says:

      “When was the last time there was this amount of hype? Really? SW:ToR, obviously. If anything that had more.”

      Disagree. Even with the huge amount of advertising for ToR, it never translated into more hype in gamer circles than the level GW2 is at now (and has been at for a while). Expectations for ToR were mixed at best. Expectations for GW2 seem to be -almost universally- incredibly high. Probably unrealistically high.

    • Droopy The Dog says:

      In terms of hype I remember a similar explosion of good word of mouth at the start of the first guildwars beta, and it didn’t disapoint when I got a chance to try.

      So rather than worry about being over-hyped, I’m reassured that everyone is raving about it again.

    • Phantoon says:

      I honestly don’t like the “only five spells” thing, think this game isn’t for me, and I signed up. If that isn’t an indicator of hype, I don’t know what is.

      Helps that open betas like this are free, so you lose nothing by trying it out.

    • So Many Eggs says:

      At Phantoon:
      You can swap your weapon skills instantly during combat, so you’re not really limited to 5. The average class can use 15 spells at any given time, while certain classes can use up to 25 spells at any given time. And of course when you’re out of combat, you can swap those skills out for even more diversity.

    • FriendlyFire says:

      Really, the only thing I’m still uncertain of is that, the skillbar. However, I need to explain myself a bit more.

      I’ve played Guild Wars 1 for roughly 6 months, the vast majority of which was at the game’s initial release. Never really played PvP, but I liked tweaking builds and all that. There was a certain amount of fun to mixing and matching different skills together and see what worked and what didn’t.

      I fear that GW2, in attempting to simplify both balance and gameplay, some of that magic might be lost. I can appreciate the advantages: with fewer skills, each one can be more unique, with each skill having its own visual effect for instance (whereas many GW1 effects had shared effects, and certain skills actually were carbon copies between the different expansions). Fewer skills are also much easier to balance, so hopefully the nerf bat can be put to rest. However, leaving you with effectively four “custom” skills is very little to make your character feel thoroughly unique in how it behaved. You can still have some measure of choice with weapons and such, but not quite as much.

      However, I shall reserve judgment until I actually get my hands on the game, and I also believe that should reactions prove negative over time, this issue could be solved. In fact, if Anet allowed people to swap out skills that are tied to weapons (so that you could effectively customize your whole skill bar all while keeping the very interesting focus on what weapon you are wielding), you could *improve* upon GW1’s flexibility. Considering the work they’ve done thus far, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was added later on.

  4. bit_crusherrr says:

    Bloody hardware analyser thing wont send my system info :(

    • TimA says:

      Same. I assume they have run out of internets.

    • db1331 says:

      Ah, guess I’ll have to wait to get home and register. I don’t think it would be too impressed with my workstation’s specs.

    • TimA says:

      Ah, just worked for me.

    • Shooop says:

      You have to keep doing it. Had to run mine about 5 times.

    • devlocke says:

      I ran it from Wine in Linux cuz’ that is what I’m running on my desktop. It went through and all, but I hope it doesn’t end up getting discarded because if they absolutely demand Windows, I’ve got 7 running on a laptop that’s moderately capable and oughta run the game.

  5. irongamer says:

    500 – Internal server error.

    Is this the same sign up as the normal list? I signed up long ago.

  6. The Hammer says:

    Hmm, I managed to send my system info, but the form I’ve been directed to sign is all in German. Nooooo!

    • Qwentle says:

      I got that aswell. Fortunately my crappy high-school German was just enough to muddle through it. Also, rather smartly (or annoyingly depending on how patriotic you are) it auto-corrects ‘Scotland’ to ‘United Kingdom’.

    • Quine says:

      I braved the Germanic language bit and then got a 403 Forbidden page.


    • Slinky MCPunchfist says:

      Mines in French :/

    • Anders Wrist says:

      I was confronted with german as well, but my elementary school german education was enough to help me through. Now I can’t whine about having been put through those horrible classes all those years ago anymore though. :(

    • Lobotomist says:

      I got register page in French, LOL

      And i have no idea with french :P

    • Stupoider says:

      Hooray for Google Chrome’s translator!

  7. Smarag says:

    Damn it I was about to send the additional information and then their server overloaded :(

  8. Suits says:

    Well, I hope that makes any chance of getting through. What stops people from signing up multiple times though?

  9. MacGuffin says:

    I’m giddy with anticipation.

  10. GrandmaFunk says:

    well hopefully it’s not first come first serve seeing as I’m stuck at work for another 4 hours.

    given the hardware scanner..i think they’ll try to pick ppl to have the most distributed mix of hardware possible.

  11. Craig Stern says:

    Whoa. It looks like that guy is fighting a Mii.

  12. Icyicy9999 says:

    I applied, confirmed and everything.

    Good times, I’ve waited years for this moment.

  13. Riotpoll says:

    Managed to sign up before the server died, doubt it’s first come first served as they wouldn’t bother asking anything else if it was!

  14. Uga says:

    Signed up. No confirmation yet though, probably has something to do with people murdering that server at the moment.

    Edit: Woo! Confirmed.

  15. mmalove says:

    Got a 403 forbidden error…

  16. Quine says:

    I’ve had to set up a couple of these sorts of ‘open the floodgates’ services before and they always get absolutely toasted when the big PR announcement goes out.

    I wonder if there’s some sort of reverse-torrent approach that could be taken, where massive user demand gets filtered upwards towards a bank of receiving servers over time and receipt messages are propagated back?

    • Cameron says:

      Yes, look up “Computer Cluster” on Wikipedia or for a more modern, more accessible/commercialised example wrapped up in a marketing term (Cloud) see Amazon EC2

  17. Vinraith says:

    I miss my persistent online coop RPG with AI allies.

    I remember what All Chat looked like in Lion’s Arch in GW1. I remember trying to PUG the jungle missions in GW1. All of this tells me that removing instancing from some areas is a very, very bad idea.

    • Nick says:

      ah you can always turn chat off

    • Vinraith says:

      You’re missing the point, turning chat off does me no good if I’m being forced to play with those people.

    • FriendlyFire says:

      If all you want is a persistent RPG with AI, then go play every bloody non-MMO RPG on the market?

      This is like whining that a first-person shooter involves shooting.

    • Urfin says:

      @ FriendlyFire

      Problem is modern non–MMO RPGs have shit kiddie combat :) And GW could be played as single-player and had extra-sexy combat.

  18. Blobbyjohn says:

    Guild wars 2 beta why u server error?

  19. Crescend says:

    I was about to complain about seeing an error message but then I got in ^^ oh man it’s been years since I’ve been this hyped for a beta, almost visibly shaking..

  20. Tei says:

    The whois information seems legit.

    6801 N. Capital of Texas Highway
    Building 1, Suite #102
    Austin, TX 78731

    This website seems created by NCSoft. (note: duh… yes, but I have veryfied it).

  21. Lobotomist says:

    Please, oh please, Anet – choose me !!!!

  22. TsunamiWombat says:


  23. Jibb Smart says:

    Quite annoyed that the system-spec information doesn’t include my “games” hard drive. It’d be really lame to miss out just because the beta is too big for my “OS” hard drive, which only has 9 gigs left.

    EDIT: Twitter says they get all hard drives. That’s a relief.

  24. mondomau says:

    Working again now. I’m not sure how free space on your hard drive is relevant though – I can, you know, delete some stuff?!

    • Lobotomist says:

      And its even insists to check only drive C: (14gb free)
      where i have 2 more partitions with couple hundred gigs free

    • sinii says:

      Don’t worry too much they have already tweeted to say they see the space on all your partitions/HDD’s.

      “Yes. It is providing us info on multiple HDDs. It only displays one field, though. ~RB”

  25. Spider Jerusalem says:

    network error.


  26. Xanadu says:

    Done. Never signed up for a beta before. Exciting.
    Shall go play the first one to celebrate

  27. Tretiak says:

    [H] GW2 Beta [W] Other games…

  28. niasyn says:

    I guess I should wait until I’m actually using my gaming rig right? I’d hate for my work computer to not meet some kind of hidden requirement.

    • Milos says:

      Then again it might increase your odds since they are most likely aiming on inviting the widest scope of rigs they can get. So, an uber-gaming PC might not be the most interesting thing for them to observe.

  29. neems says:

    Not only does the scannertron miscalculate my hard drive space, but it’s messed up the specifics for my cpu, gpu and I have no idea what it’s trying to say about my monitor.

    Oh well, in for a penny…

  30. equatorian says:

    Signed up harder than a diamond drill, for what it’s worth. I totally will have NO TIME this year, but damn if I can’t spare some sleep hours trying to break GW2 if I ever get in.

    My first MMO. It’s going to be awkward. And awesome.

  31. Meldreth says:

    Hmm… I’ve been spamming F5 for a while and now I really have to ask. How long did you guys wait to receive the confirmation mail ?

    Edit : Well, as I guess I should have expected, I eventually got that confirmation mail… It did take 24 hours to get here though. And to those who, like me, can be slow to understand stuff, the mail you receive only confirms that you signed up, but it doesn’t mean that you will be in. I’m just saying this for those who are still waiting for that mail, thinking it will mean they’re good to go. Well, that’s not how it works. Personnaly I was confused by all those who expressed their utter happiness at receiving that mail, cause I thought :” If they’re that happy, it has to mean they’ve been selected ! ” I mean, am I yelling like a mad man ? Wait, of course I am !

  32. db1331 says:

    If any of you get in and I do not, I will never forgive you. NEVER!

  33. zergrush says:

    Has anyone got a confirmation e-mail?

    • Orontes says:

      I have. The whole sign-up thing was surprisingly quick for me.

    • Chris D says:

      I was assuming no one would get one till after the 48 hour sign up period is over and they know who’s getting in but I may be wrong.

      Edit: Oh. Other people have them and I don’t? :(

    • Davee says:

      I only ever got a mail to confirm my newsletter subscription (which i ticked the box for while signing up). No mention of Beta in there.

    • Ignorant Texan says:

      This is my beta sign-up confirmation email in its entirety:

      Thanks for signing up!

      Thanks for signing up for a chance to participate in the Guild Wars 2 beta test. We’ve received your application and we’ll email you if you’ve been accepted. We appreciate your interest in Guild Wars 2!


      The Guild Wars 2 Team

    • Chris D says:

      Hmmm. Still no email for me. But if I try to sign up again it tells me my email address has already been registered. I shall just have to hope the internets are running slowly today.

    • AMonkey says:

      If your email hasn’t arrived click the resend button on the page.

    • Chris D says:

      I don’t appear to have a resend button, just send on the scanner and submit on the form. Where should I be looking?

    • Davee says:

      Ah, there it is. Took about nine hours to arrive – probably because of the overload.

    • Chris D says:

      I just got mine too. Phew! Panic over.

  34. Gothrek says:

    Because of lovely nvidia optimus they think I got Intel HD 4000 instead of a geforce 540M. Bah, optimus is useless anyways.

    • Solidstate89 says:

      How did you get an Ivy Bridge CPU?

    • mondomau says:

      I have Optimus on my XPS 17 – fairly sure that’s not ivy bridge?

    • Gothrek says:

      It’s Asus X73SV this one to be exact and it has optimus….

    • Solidstate89 says:

      Intel HD 4000 is the Ivy Bridge GPU. The Sandy Bridge one is HD 3000.

      I was just making a little joke at your expense of typing in the wrong number, my friend. That, or if you really did somehow have an engineering notebook with an Ivy Bridge CPU in it, it was meant as an expression of how much I hate you for being such a lucky bastard.

  35. wolfgang784 says:

    Stupid spec scanner thingy didn’t get my specs right either. Only registered that I had one HD Radeon 6800, not two 6870s in crossfire. It also got the video ram wrong since some was being used at the time. That better not be a deciding factor on me getting in or not. D=

    • Dominic White says:

      They’ve stated that it only shows (on your end) the first video card it found, but the report file includes both. Same for a lot of doubled-up things, like HDDs.

    • Zanchito says:

      You mean they tell me they’re sending some info and they are actually sending something different? Because that’s really not cool. I mean, I was going to send the full report if they asked, but you can’t just tell customers you’re mining this data and then do something else.

  36. davidgilbert says:

    Just registered althought it thought I only had 10GB disk space (yes on the C: drive but lots on the D: partition) :D

  37. Solidstate89 says:

    Submitted as soon as I got home. This is the first MMO I’ve ever actually legitimately been interested in, so I kind of hope I get into the beta.

  38. Shaz says:

    Argh, I can’t get to Step 2.
    I run the Scannertron thingy, which says I will now be redirected to a webpage to continue signing up… but nothing happens. :( I’ve been re-trying for nearly an hour now, including re-downloading Scannertron over and over and over…

  39. Metonymy says:

    It’s painful that I’m reduced to ‘computer specification’ beta. Meaning, my input is not going to be reaching the designers on any level.

    Still, it’s probably better that they complete their vision before the correction process begins. It’s not like we can really understand the strengths and weaknesses of the gameplay till we’ve competed for at least a month.

  40. Davee says:

    WOOT YES. Just in time for me getting all sold on this game!

  41. Crainey says:

    I played the first game for a solid 4-5 years and spent thousands of hours exploring Tyria, I know the passion ArenaNet has for their games because I share that passion. Though it was inevitable, when I first heard they were making Guild Wars 2 around two years ago I had complete confidence in their ability to deliver and from the footage seen so far, they have.
    There is a deep lore and history in Guild Wars that has changed over the development of the game and release of expansions, I experienced that first hand and really felt at one with the story, I read the books and followed development even after I had stopped playing. It’s a shame watching the videos out there that people didn’t experience the progression in story and lore of the first game, and yet they’re still so excited about it, can you imagine my excitement?
    Guild Wars 2 need only capture a small fraction of the passion and excitement I had for the original and I’ll be a happy customer, BRING IT ON!

  42. suibhne says:

    Windows is not allowing Scannertron to run, despite me setting Security to “Low”. Any suggestions? I could exempt specific web domains, of course, but I have no idea which ones and Google is not being kind.

  43. Eynonz says:

    Preparing pants for incoming wet’ness