ServeredApril 25, 2012 at 12:15 am | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 22 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
Arenanet just posted a few details about what servers will be available, how we can change servers, and their plans for the weekend.
Most of the servers are direct location references to the original Guild Wars. I’m guessing servers that aren’t connected outright are references to Guild Wars 2 locations. I and a few friends will be gathering together on the Borlis Pass server. Numerous Twitter types seem to be heading to the Sorrow’s Furnace server.
Unfortunately guesting isn’t available this weekend but its excellent that they’re working on making it happen. I can’t think of any other major MMO where you can take your main character and tool around in PvE with people from other servers. There are of course random LFG tools in WoW for instance that hook people up for dungeons, but this isn’t the same thing. It sounds like you’ll have free access to the entire game world, and that is a significant achievement for MMOs. Not news of course, it has been promised, but I’m glad they’re confirming that this feature will be coming in, if not this weekend.
Another major development is the announcement that permanent server transfers will cost 1800 gems. 1800 gems seems… extravagant. I realize they want people to stick to their servers, certainly it would have a bad effect on World Vs World activity if people just switch to winning servers at the drop of a hat, but it is a bit much. I guess this just emphasizes how much of a problem they think it will be.
But I’m glad visiting is free. I doubt I would ever switch servers just for WvW anyway although I’m sure many would. We can all picture whiney little kids tired of “losing” and ponying up leaving their home server unpopulated, at least in terms of WvW players.
One thing I’ve not confirmed is whether you’ll be able to guest, eventually anyway, on servers that are across the pond.
But yeah. Beta emails are going out in waves and if you’re really desperate and look around I’m sure you can find a download link. Forums will open up Friday and they look different (leaked screenshots) from the typical forums I’ve seen in other games.
And I’ll have a first impressions post up on Friday I hope.
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