Beta Weekend EventApril 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 20 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
Guild Wars 2 has announced the first beta open to everyone who pre-purchased a copy of the game. It will take place April 27-29th. There is an upcoming blog post from Arenanet that should give more details but I wanted to review some of the things people should expect.
As seen in the press beta events, we’ll likely be limited to low level areas, and only 3 races. The press seem to have been limited to Queensdale and Kessex Hills for the humans, Wayfarer Hills and Snowden Drifts for the norn, and Plains of Ashford and Diessa Plateau for the charr. I don’t expect this to change much.
As for why they’re holding back asura and sylvari, it is perhaps due to their wanting to hold something back to retain the interest of fans but more likely that they just aren’t as polished as what will be available in the beta. In the unlikely event that they are apart of the beta, something I and a number of others have noticed, due to this map, is that the sylvari and asura will either share a level 15-25 zone or the sylvari will share Kessex Hills with the humans.
The client will likely be something around 12 gigs in size as seen with previous betas. How large the actual game will be remains to be seen.
We’ll likely have a choice to make in servers. My hope is that Arenanet will announce the names of servers so that we may organize with our friends to play together. Server names during the press beta were Yak’s Bend, Borliss Pass, and Anvil Rock. An homage to the original game.
One thing I noticed from some videos was a crazy crush of people all doing the same events in the low level areas. An unintended side effect of letting a bunch of people all in at once. I hope nobody makes judgments based on that sort of mass hysteria.
We’ll also likely see some small to medium sized changes based on feedback from previous beta events. Impossible to guess at of course but certain to draw attention.
Arenanet likes to provide something new with each major release of information, I’m confident this will remain true with the BWE but again I can’t guess at what that might be.
Other than that I don’t think we’ll see many surprises thanks to the extensive video and press coverage of the press events. What will be different is that there will be no NDA, and everyone will finally be able to play together and be honest about what we’re experiencing and I’m sure many people including myself will be blogging about that.
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