Weekend Wars: Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Starts April 27

What that is: I'm not quite sure. What it's not: an effective combat tactic.

Did you pre-purchase Guild Wars 2 in frothy mouthed anticipation of a pre-release weekend getaway in Tyria while pre-heating an oven and pre-procuring a preponderance of preserves because you must get a head start on all aspects of life? Well then, good news: your foresight’s paid off in the form of an upcoming beta weekend event, which will run from April 27 to 29. There’ll be more in the future as well, but they’ll be announced at a later date. Unfortunately, good old-fashioned sign-ups are now closed, so it’s pre-order or bust. But hey, at least you can still read about the beta, thanks to the wonderful Richard Cobbett. And really, who cares about actually playing a game when you can live the experience vicariously with phrases like “pooping defiance“?


  1. Bungle says:

    Why does the gentleman in the above screenshot have such a large head?

    • Nevard says:

      The Asura in silhouette really do remind me of Raz from Psychonauts for some bizarre reason

    • RaytraceRat says:

      so it’s easier to headshot him ?

    • Suits says:

      For a second i thought they pasted a Tribes Ascend blood eagle helmet on it.

      • Phantoon says:

        The joke being if he was GOING FAST then the guy wouldn’t have been able to cast a spell at him in the first place.

    • jimjam says:

      For his big brain…
      Oh btw next beta is Friday, June 8th, at noon PDT (GMT-7) and will run until Sunday, June 10th, at 11:59 p.m. PDT (GMT-7).

  2. Bork Titflopsen says:

    Glad I got Asura spot in the coming beta’s. Any RPS’ers planning to get together, kick some butt and take over some forts? IIRC the servers you can play on aren’t region restricted.

    • Choca says:

      Servers weren’t region restricted in the previous events so you might be right.

      If you guys want to get into some WvW action then I’ll definitely be game, but you have to be careful when you choose your “shard” or we won’t end in the same faction.

      • Bork Titflopsen says:

        I’ll keep watching if anything significant will happen concerning some WvW action, if not I’ll make a forum post later today.

        Hope we can get something going.

        Thread is there, look it up in the forums.

    • apocraphyn says:

      I’m Sylvari unsure as to what profession I’m going to choose, but I’ll be delving into RvR head-first. It’s bloody good fun.

      Is there a particular server RPS types are aiming for?

      • Nevard says:

        I’m pretty sure both Asura and Sylvari are unplayable in the beta, though that may just have been the older version

        • apocraphyn says:

          *cough* NDA *cough* But yes, I know. The Ranger was quite fun (and surprisingly potent in close combat), but I’m still uncertain as to what I’ll roll this time. Guardian, most likely.

          • Nevard says:

            I wasn’t in the older beta either, this is just what I heard from the not-NDA-breaking press release videos :P

    • Mordsung says:

      I’m pretty Charr that if we coordinated the RPSers into a unified force for beta that we’d end up sieging our own keep at some point.

      • Bork Titflopsen says:

        Then we’re lucky these fights dragon, so we’ll get the chance to besiege ourselves continuously.

  3. Rudel says:

    Is there a way to pre-download the client?

    • Choca says:

      I believe they said that they will post more info on how to get started on the official blog before the beta week-end’s launch.

      The client is pretty fast to download IIRC and “only” 10 or so Go.

  4. stahlwerk says:

    5 in a row, you’re on a roll, Nathan!

    A Blogroll.

    (Will there be a “welcome to rps” post in the near future?)

  5. Groove says:

    Man, I don’t know if I should pre-order or not………I WOULD like to try the beta, and the game is at least 99% a certain buy, AND importantly I doubt I’ll get randomly added to the beta weekends now that there are like 100,000 pre-orders.

    But…..ew, pre-orders. I’d feel like a part of the machine. A dirty part. Like a piston.

    I desire input!

    • Choca says:

      IMHO opinion, the question you should ask yourself is : Do I currently have something to play ?

      If you do then you can skip the whole pre-order week-ends and wait for release, if not then you might want to get a bite of GW 2.

      • Groove says:

        I do, in fact I have far too much to play.

        But I waaaaaaant it,

        • Phantoon says:

          No subscription means you can pick it back up anytime later.

          It’s not like warcraft where if you don’t like it, you can’t even play it casually without shooting yourself in the foot.

      • HermitUK says:

        The better question to ask yourself is “am I willing to help test an unfinished game, and report any issues I find?” Just playing the game for the weekend isn’t especially helpful :p

    • Malk_Content says:

      Slight difference in that it isn’t a pre-order, it is a pre-purchase. This means it is even more of a risk as your money will have already left your bank account. On the other hand the amount of coverage that is out there means your really getting as much information as you would if you were buying a game that came out yesterday, just a matter of how long until you get the product. Being part of the beta and giving funding now will lead to a better product when it finally arrives (also like to point out that the beta makes it easy to give feedback, you get a form after every event so they are getting loads of feedback from people who would normally just use it as a chance to play the game early.)

      It is a bigger price point for a game than what you would undoubtedly be able to buy on release and if you aren’t entirely sure I would say then it isn’t worth it, might as well wait and see. If you are sure, or have the ability to chuck that kind of money at a “maybe” then at the very least you’ll be able to help improve the final product.

      But if you want more opinion on how enjoyable it is, put it this way, since I last had a go at this game, no other MMO has been on my radar, just can’t bring myself to play them after it.

  6. Trithne says:

    Sigh. I know it’s not their fault, but they had to go and put the beta weekend not only while I’m on vacation out of the country, but while I’m mostly in transit between two countries. Very frustrating.

    • Valvarexart says:

      Same situation here :( I will be in Germany during that weekend

    • Droniac says:

      That they’d host the beta weekend on these dates was to be expected really, seeing as the 28th of April is the 7th anniversary for Guild Wars.

  7. sneetch says:

    So looking forward to this beta-weekend, cannot wait to take it out for a spin!

  8. Arbodnangle Scrulp says:

    I must ask, because I can’t find the answer elsewhere.

    Apart from the obligatory cluft and the beta test/early access, is there any advantage in pre-ordering?

    I mean, will the price jump up $20 immediately after launch?

    • Milos says:

      Since you can’t find it anywhere else try something random – like checking out the official website.

      link to buy.guildwars2.com

    • sneetch says:

      You seem to be aware of what you get for pre-purchasing so I’m taking this as a very round about way of asking “will I save money if I pre-purchase?” No you won’t.

      • Arbodnangle Scrulp says:

        Thanks Sneetch, that’s exactly the question I was asking. I don’t care about pre-order cluft so I will wait until the reviews are in until I decide to buy or not.

  9. mjig says:

    Glad I didn’t prepurchase. I was planning on it, but then I realized the beta access was only on weekends, and only on certain weekends at that. Just doesn’t seem worth it at all to me, I’ll wait as long as possible to prepurchase so I can hear from all the beta participants and decide if I really want it at launch.

    • Kaiji says:

      Same here.

      I was insanely hyped for this game but now I watch footage of it and just think “meh”.

      I don’t like the way the player characters slide around on the ground while they run as though they’re not really connected to it (immersion breaking), and not allowing the player to use keybind modifiers (eg alt+d/ctrl+e) in a 2012 MMO is just bad game design.

      Hearing about sluggish performance from a lot of beta testers doesn’t help either. I know, I know… “It’s beta!!” but how many times have we heard that as an excuse and it doesn’t get fixed by release?

      Think I’ll very probably end up giving this game a miss.

    • Potunka says:

      Well, if you’re debating between getting an MMO at launch or waiting for it to go on sale, knowing you’ll be purchasing it either way, might as well buy it at launch. MMOs are best when they’re densely populated at launch, IMO. It’s at least worth seeing how an MMO launch works out with GW2’s new questing systems.

  10. diamondmx says:

    I was all eager for this and willing to pre-order a game for the first time in a while, then I read “Weekend Beta Events” – only weekends? Then I read “Ideally once a month” – only 1 in 4 weekends?
    Waste of money pre-purchasing for that.

    Also not really worth pre-purchasing for 3 days head start, and definitely not worth pre-ordering for 1 day headstart.

    All in all, hoping it’s their way of saying “look, preorders are stupid” by making a splendid example of that point.

    • sneetch says:

      “Waste of money pre-purchasing for that.”

      If you’re going to spend that money to buy the game anyway, how is it a waste of money? Pre-purchasing doesn’t cost you any more than buying at launch.

      • Vorphalack says:

        Actually it does. Most online retailers seem to be going for £40 to pre-order.

        Weather or not it is a waste of money to pre-purchase depends on how much you value beta access.

        • sneetch says:

          I don’t see how what I said is wrong.

          You can pre-purchase it from online retailers in the UK for £40 (play.com for example), which is cheaper than Arenanets store but you’re still pre-purchasing it with the same benefits as pre-purchasing it from Arenanet and for the same price as pre-ordering it or waiting until launch and buying it then. As I said: pre-purchasing doesn’t cost you any more than buying at launch.

    • derbefrier says:

      well they know there are tons of people that have already decided this is the best MMO ever made so i think the pre order deal is aimed toward them to get them to purchase early. but yeah its probably the worst pre order deal i have seen in a while. I would love to try the beta but ehh I hear Terra is having an open beta this weekend or something i will give that try instead.
      I myself don’t pre order games anymore until a release date is announced since they could come out tomorrow and say no GW2 until next year. I hope they wont be under a NDA though i would like to hear something about this game other than from fanboys who wouldnt say a bad thing about the game if you waved a sack full of money in their face.

      • Malk_Content says:

        I think if your not wanting reviews from fan boys you should probably look to the stuff put out from RPS and peeps like Total Biscuit, because all your gunna get now is talk from people who pre-purchased the game and presumably like it. And people have already said bad things about it “the music is bland” and “the particle effects are too much” being the two complaints so far. Oh and that the norn starter area is a little less exciting than the war torn Char and centaur filled Human starters.

  11. Skid says:

    Does anyone else think that asking £50 for the standard digital version is pushing it a bit, hell the boxed version from play.com that has all the same thing is £40 and that the most expensive standard edition game I’ve every bought.

    • Chalky says:

      It absolutely is. I’m not sure if it’s just because it’s a big name MMO without a subscription fee or what, but they seem to think they can charge significantly more for it than a normal game.

      Still buying it though, so I guess that says something. *sigh*

    • Tams80 says:

      I think considering that you don’t have to pay a subscription fee, that the asking price is actually fairly reasonable. Sure there will be micro transactions, but as they apparently won’t give in game advantages (to be honest some of them seem to), they probably won’t see that well. There will also probably be expansion packs, but then they have to make money somehow.

      What I’m mythed about is how bad value for money the deluxe and collector’s editions seem to be.

      • Skid says:

        True enough, but then why is the retail boxed version £10 cheaper, they are effectively the same thing? I guess they are just fleecing people stupid enough to buy it directly from them and not check around. Fairly sure SWTOR tried to pull the same thing, it was £5 more if you got it directly from them.

        • Tams80 says:

          It happens a lot. Retail seems to be cheaper a lot of the time anyway. It’s really down to the how much profit the retailer wants to make. Play and Amazon (4p cheaper, haha) are probably prepared to make less profit in the hope they sell more copies.

        • sneetch says:

          The RRP listed on play.com is £49.99, that’s the price Arenanet suggest they sell it at (the same price Arenanet are selling it at), but play have to compete with amazon.co.uk amongst others so they’re selling it at a discount.

          £39.99 Free delivery
          RRP £49.99 Save £10.00

    • FriendlyFire says:

      My logic for pricing is always the same: if I pay 60 dollars and get 30+ hours of enjoyment, then it was a good purchase. I may make exceptions for certain games, but most of the time I find myself sticking to this.

      For singleplayer games with a relatively short campaign, that often means waiting for a sale. For GW2, though, 30 hours is… Nothing. I’ve spent over 200 hours in the first GW! The upfront cost might sound high, but that’s exactly like people balking at paying 200 dollars upfront but being fine with paying 10 dollars every month for two years. I see it as an investment for all the enjoyment I’ll get out of the game.

      I’ll agree that it’s stupid that the online price is higher than the boxed price, though. However, here I can’t seem to find confirmation that boxes are actually prepurchases (ie come with a beta code), so I just pulled the trigger and got the online copy. As a bonus, I get to support ANet directly instead of giving money to filthy GameStop.

      • Skid says:

        Pre-Prechase box, says so right on the box, also the spiecal features tab lists the same things on it as on the guild wars 2 page.
        link to play.com

        Collectors edition for £500 anyone?
        link to play.com{guild+wars+2}%2bc{362}%2bc{10009}%2b&urlrefer=search

  12. Brise Bonbons says:

    I’m going to wait for reactions from this first BWE. While a number of respected bloggers and “press” have had positive impressions after playing, I know how easy it is to be blinded by that new-MMO infatuation.

    Part of my current disinterest is probably just boredom with MMOs. I also remain skeptical about whether GW2’s combat, structured PvP, and PvE content are really all that. While WvW seems good, the conquest game mode has always been the weakest of GW1’s PvP offerings, and does absolutely nothing to excite me in GW2. As to PvE and combat, I want to hear impressions from players who put money down – and share my specific taste in RPGs – rather than “press” who are constantly being (perhaps unconsciously) schmoozed by ANet staff.

  13. Calculon says:

    I was pretty excited for GW2 previously, but after reading a few reviews, I also went “meh”. It sounds more like an arcade stomp fest and button smashing than anything else tbh (which Im entirely bored with – and besides Diablo 3 can fill that role). I guess I’m learning that I prefer more player skill based games, sandbox type MMO’s (of which none really exist anymore, except EVE which sucks) and thinking games than ub3r butt0n smashing fests.

    With that said, I did purchase the pre-purchase thingy (which I have confirmation for) but oddly enough didnt get any notification about the beta event.

    Did anyone else not get a beta event nofication that pre-purchased?

    Im starting to have a sneaking suspicion that I will not enjoy GW2, but we’ll see I suppose.

    • Malk_Content says:

      I guess if you don’t enjoy it you could give it as a gift, afterall when it comes out all you would have to tell someone was the username and the password if you didn’t find it to your tastes. The beta’ll let you know and someone can get all the bennies (or sell it on to a friend who can try the beta on your comp.)

      I don’t agree with any of your impressions, but that the benefit of the beta we can both try out what lvl 30 feels like (you can bump up to 30, or at least you could in the last beta) which is when you have everything unlocked so you can get the full experience without the time expenditure of “oh I played for a month because I was told it gets good at x level and it really isn’t.”

      As for being informed of the upcoming beta, no one has gotten emails or links to the client download yet, just the beta being announced to the public is all.

  14. Cryo says:

    Wow there’s a lot of pessimism in this thread.

  15. PurpleXVI says:

    Pre-orderer here, and incredibly regretting it. I paid for Guild Wars, I got Generic MMO: The Genericity. I sure do enjoy grinding lizards and cages next to 500 people doing the same! And oh boy, these exciting Events! In my brief experience they consist of a single boss showing up and being able to instakill everyone with AoE attacks that you will not be able to dodge because there are snails faster than GW2 characters.

    If you want the promised gameplay in the trailers, minus the horrible MMO grind and terrible interface, just get Divine Divinity 2: Dragon Knight Saga. I went back to playing it after giving the GW2 beta a chance for about an hour, and I instantly realized that it basically has the gameplay I was promised, but done better in every aspect. GW2 even has a horrendous interface.