Earlier this month, ArenaNet kicked off the first official beta for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. And it appears that all went well with the first public hands-on for the new expansion. So now the developer is ready to unveil a release date.
The Guild Wars 2 account offered up an October 23 release date on Twitter earlier today, while also noting that pre-purchases are now open. Heart of Thorns will continue the Guild Wars 2 story in an entirely new area, while also introducing a new class, character specializations, and a new 5v5 PvP mode called Strongholds.
Meanwhile, the expansion's second beta is set to go live next weekend. More information on the second Heart of Thorns beta, set to go from September 4-6, can be found on the Guild Wars 2 website.
Shacknews went hands-on with Heart of Thorns' new PvE earlier this year. Check out that preview here.