Guild Wars 2

PC / RPG / Release: Aug 28, 2012 / ESRB: U

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Guild Wars 2 cinematics detail the races

Guild Wars 2 cinematics detail the races

Guild Wars 2 lets you choose between five distinct races. Each comes with its own lore, and developer Arenanet is highlighting those stories by releasing the opening cinematics for three of the races--Humans, Norn, and Charr--along with blurbs of their plots. Intros for the other two races will come later.

Watch: The race intro movies »

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Guild Wars 2 launches August 28

Guild Wars 2 launches August 28

When's Guild Wars 2 coming out? August 28, that's when, publisher NCsoft announced today. That should give you plenty of time to file a time-off request at work and stock up on supplies for the customary launch binge. There's a new trailer teasing some of the wonders you'll see in ArenaNet's subscription-free MMORPG, too.

Watch: The Guild Wars 2 'Get Ready' trailer »

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Guild Wars 2 dev: MMO subs can hurt fun design

Guild Wars 2 dev: MMO subs can hurt fun design

"If the success of a subscription-based MMO is measured by the number of people paying a monthly fee, how does that impact game design decisions?" asks Colin Johanson, Guild Wars 2 lead content developer. As ArenaNet's subscription-free MMORPG isn't motivated by "the need to create mechanics that keep people playing as long as possible," he claims, design is led by a simple question: "Is this fun?"

Read more: MMOs can sacrifice quality to draw content out »

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Guild Wars 2 first beta weekend announced

Guild Wars 2 first beta weekend announced

Guild Wars 2 will get its first beta weekend soon. NCsoft and ArenaNet have announced that it will kick off next week, April 27-29, for those who have bought their way into the test. The developer didn't share more details on how frequently these weekends will come, so clear your schedule if you get into the first one.

Read more: Rewards for pre-purchasing include beta access »

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Guild Wars 2 pre-purchasing begins with beta access

Guild Wars 2 pre-purchasing begins with beta access

You may remember, a month ago, the announcement that pre-purchasing Guild Wars 2 would give you access to all beta weekend events. You may also have forgotten about that, as it was announced long before you could actually buy it it. But huzzah, the day is here, and you can now make sure you're enlisted for the beta fun.

Read more: Headstart access too »

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Guild Wars 2 microtransactions won't give 'unfair advantage'

Guild Wars 2 microtransactions won't give 'unfair advantage'

Guild Wars 2 may be subscription-free but, like its predecessor, will have microtransactions for cosmetic items and time-saving doodads. If the idea makes you nervous, fear not!

"It's never OK for players to buy a game and not be able to enjoy what they paid for without additional purchases, and it's never OK for players who spend money to have an unfair advantage over players who spend time," ArenaNet president Mike O'Brien has said, explaining how it'll work.

Read more: "You get a complete and playable game no matter what" »

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Guild Wars 2 pre-orders give beta access; Collector's Edition unveiled

Guild Wars 2 pre-orders give beta access; Collector's Edition unveiled

With Guild Wars 2 now committed to launching in 2012, publisher NCsoft has unveiled the various editions it'll be available in, as well as pre-order bonuses. The most exciting thing you'll get for pre-ordering ArenaNet's subscription-free MMORPG is guaranteed access to all its beta weekend events, but sadly you can't buy it until next month.

Read more: See what's in the Collector's Edition box »

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Guild Wars 2 beta signups open for 48 hours

Guild Wars 2 beta signups open for 48 hours

You there! Quick! Do you want to play in the Guild Wars 2 beta? Well then, stop your lollygagging, pull your breeches up, and march yourself to the enlistment office sharpish, as signups are open for a 48-hour window.

Read more: Signups poll PC hardware »

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Guild Wars 2 console edition still in 'preparation stage'

Guild Wars 2 console edition still in 'preparation stage'

Though ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2 is now lined up to launch on PC this year, it's still early days for the console edition. "Console edition?" you may ask. It's been quietly mentioned a few times before with no concrete details, and that's apparently still the case, but work is continuing.

Read more: ArenaNet "fully dedicated" to making PC version "kickass" »

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Guild Wars 2 launching in 2012

Guild Wars 2 launching in 2012

"When it's done" - three little words that infuriate some and delight others, and three words which no longer stand in for Guild Wars 2's release date. The subscription-free MMORPG will launch on PC "later this year," developer ArenaNet announced today, preceded by the beta testing ramping up.

Read more: Beta plans detailed »

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Most Anticipated of 2012: Xav's Picks

Most Anticipated of 2012: Xav's Picks

There's a lot to be excited for in 2012, and the Shacknews staff each have five games on their radar. The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2012 individually. Lastly, here's senior editor Xav de Matos and his list of 2012 titles.

Metro: Last Light

There's something about Metro 2033 that just spoke to me. It was dark and complex, it didn't pander to its audience, and it was equal parts incredible and insane--with variations of good and bad between both. Metro: Last Light looks to continue with these trends. Based on what I've seen, developer 4A Games looks to build upon the foundation of the first game to bring players an even more intense experience with Metro: Last Light.

Read more: The rest of Xav's picks for 2012 »

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Guild Wars 2 closed beta starting Friday, Mesmer detailed

Guild Wars 2 closed beta starting Friday, Mesmer detailed

Though word leaked earlier this week that the final Guild Wars 2 profession revealed would be Mesmer, all we had was a video without any explanation. Today, developer ArenaNet officially unveiled GW2's take on the returning class, with heaps of details and a few screenshots.

The announcement comes just in time as ArenaNet revealed that a closed beta is starting this Friday.

Watch: The magnificent Mesmer in action »

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Mesmer confirmed as final Guild Wars 2 profession

Mesmer confirmed as final Guild Wars 2 profession

Due to the fact that "someone jumped the gun" on embargoed information, ArenaNet has confirmed that the eighth and final profession for Guild Wars 2 will be the Mesmer.

The masters of illusion and control have been a staple in the Guild Wars series since the game was first released, which was eventually referred to as the "Prophecies" campaign.

Read more: Embargo break brings the info early »

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Guild Wars 2 gets PvP details, new trailer

Guild Wars 2 gets PvP details, new trailer

Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet is celebrating the Gamescom show with a whole host of festivities, including details on the subscription-free PC MMORPG's revamped PvP, a glorious five-minute trailer, and great gobs of new screenshots.

Watch: The Gamescom trailer »

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Guild Wars 2 Sylvari race shown off

Guild Wars 2 Sylvari race shown off

Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet is shining the spotlight on its playable plant people in a week of videos and articles. The Sylvari race might have similarities with the elves seen in every fantasy game under the sun but, thankfully, they seem far a more interesting take on the idea of wise and noble forest-dwellers, and not nearly as tiresome.

Watch: Two Sylvari trailers »

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