Game Of Thorns: Test Out Guild Wars 2’s First Expansion

ArenaNet are letting seep a slow drip of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns [official site], the sequel’s first expansion pack. There’s still no release date, but starting May 26th you have a chance to test out some of the new PvE content in the closed beta – if you completed the key tasks. If not, well, you can probably watch it streamed.

The short beta consists of a small amount of expansion story content, followed by two beta versions of outposts in the new Verdant Brink map – The latter of which includes an “early, partially completed version of the day/night cycle meta-event experience,” the developers announced on its official blog. They continue, with Joycean flair: “If you obtained a portal to the Heart of Maguuma during the special event in Dry Top and the Silverwastes, you’ll receive an e-mail with all the details you’ll need to get started.” What prose, it wafts over me like sweet perfume.

Anyhow, for those who prefer lazily dozing, the event won’t be under any NDA restrictions. Which means you can expect to find it all streamed on Twitch during the scheduled beta period. Here’s the schedule – The events will take place in two hour chunks, with a break in between:

11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
3:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
7:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)


  1. Frye2k11 says:

    It will be interesting to see how they used the Collaborative Development Initiative to improve on the game’s flaws.

    link to

    Then again, maybe it wasn’t such a good idea, the community is just noise and we just do whatever we feel is right. I loved gw2 but they should have cherished the good community, communicate better about what players can and cannot expect. And listen to them. Not pretend to.

  2. Flopper says:

    I haven’t been more excited for an MMO expansion since TBC for WoW… This new xpac looks to check every box I want in additional content for GW2 as well as remove some of the gripes I have.

    I have the feeling this thing is gonna be a beast. Only time will tell. And YouTube will be overflowing with vids tomorrow after people start posting since there’s no NDA.