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Guild Wars 2: Flame & Frost Final Event Starts Today

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Jonathan Lester
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Guild Wars 2: Flame & Frost Final Event Starts Today

The latest chapter of Guild Wars 2's Living Story - Flame And Frost - kicks off today. To help you in your climactic battle against the Molten Alliance, ArenaNet have prepared a helpful spoiler-free guide designed to prod you in the right direction. Expect a new dungeon, some bosses and cinematics, accompanied by another weighty update. Patch notes here.

We've been slightly underwhelmed by the scale of the event thus far, but here's hoping for a cracking finale. Let us know if you want us to cover it, or just come join Harry McGarnagle (Carl) and Byskk (me) on the Desolation server.

Sylvari and Asura Playable For Final Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend

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Carl Phillips
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Sylvari and Asura Playable For Final Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend

First & Last Chance To Try Them Before The Launch

Ahead of the final Beta Weekend which takes place next week, ArenaNet have confirmed that the final two races of the Sylvari and the Asura will be playable for the upcoming test for Guild Wars 2. This marks the first time players have been granted access, having been previously restricted to Human, Charr, and Norn characters.

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Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Preview Part 3 | Back In The Battleground

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Carl Phillips
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Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Preview Part 3 | Back In The Battleground

Platforms: PC

Developer: ArenaNet

Publisher: NCsoft

Although I was unable to experience the one before it, I managed to find some time to take part in last weekend’s beta event for Guild Wars 2, which allowed me yet another opportunity to get back into the boots of my Engineer McGarnagle. I decided to use the opportunity to experience more of the World Vs World Vs World PvP by unleashing some Engineer-esque fire upon my foes, but before we get into that I want to quickly discuss some of the changes I came across since my last time in Tyria.

If you need to get up to speed on my previous excursion, you can find all the gory details here.

First off, optimisation has been improved right across the board. My aging Alienware M17 (which will be stepping down from its position as “main gaming rig” this week) was finding performance a lot more agreeable this time round. In fact, I even decided to push the system as far as it could go and set the graphic settings to maximum, and my word, I apologise for using the word “beautiful” with gleeful abandon but there isn’t any other way to describe the art direction when it is given a chance to truly shine. It was honestly breath-taking to see in full swing.

Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Preview Part 3 | Back In The Battleground

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World Transfer & “Guesting” System For Guild Wars 2 Explained

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Carl Phillips
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World Transfer & “Guesting” System For Guild Wars 2 Explained

This Weekend’s Beta Event Also Detailed

In their latest blog post, ArenaNet have explained the mechanics behind the way players will be able to move their characters between worlds (i.e. servers) when their upcoming MMORPG Guild Wars 2 releases later this year. Two options of different levels will be available; one paid, and one free.

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Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Preview Part 2 | When Three Worlds Go To War

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Carl Phillips
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Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Preview Part 2 | When Three Worlds Go To War

Platforms: PC

Developer: ArenaNet

Publisher: NCsoft

In part one I quickly mentioned that the human capital of Divinity’s Reach was a rather huge in-game location, but what is more impressive than the immense size are the little things that inhabit the city, bringing it to life. The small details that have been carefully put in by ArenaNet make it a population hub that no matter how many times I ran around it always brought something new to my attention. Conversations by the locals in the background as I moved my character by a crowd make it seem like a breathing community, and even the shameless rich man at the bank seemed slightly endearing (as he informed me, “I’m rich, don’t you know.”) There are book stalls dotted around the Commons that, while not physically allowing you pick up books, give you a brief overview of what is on offer and gives you details of the tomes in front of you (the one that sticks in my mind is the children’s book “No Moa!” which was described as being about a mischievous Moa and his exhausted owner.)

It’s not just in the population centres that exude this charm as the little details extend to every aspect of the game. The player character will make observations during battle that can be heard by anyone that is nearby, such as when I used a rage flask to boost my damage my engineer. It would result in an exclamation of how powerful he was feeling, or a well-used Simpsons quote (Nolan North, the voice of the male human, saying “Urge to kill, rising!” was a brilliant moment.) The audio cues are also helpful for when someone is near death, as they declare their incoming demise that alerts nearby players. Of course, the traditional indicators of health metres and buff icons still exist, but the subtle additions allow for a more organic experience.

Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Preview Part 2 | When Three Worlds Go To War

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Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Preview Part 1 | Welcome Back To Tyria

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Carl Phillips
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Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Preview Part 1 | Welcome Back To Tyria

Platforms: PC

Developer: ArenaNet

Publisher: NCsoft

With the MMO scene gaining more and more contenders with each passing day, every developer has tried to offer something new or attempted to break away from the traditional mould. ArenaNet are no exception, with plenty of promises being waved around about Guild Wars 2 over the last year. At GamesCom they put their cards on the table by showing us what to expect from their MMORPG sequel, and at Eurogamer Expo we got to go hands-on with the PvP aspect to see the gameplay mechanics in action for ourselves. I did get a brief chance to play the main game at the same event but 45 minutes really wasn’t enough to do the game justice in a write-up, so when the lovely folks at NCsoft foolishly gracefully allowed me to take part in the latest Closed Beta weekend I looked forward to the chance of seeing if the fruits of their labour were matching up to their MMO manifesto.

The thing is, even after an entire weekend of play (sacrificing the sudden burst of sunshine that has arrived here in the UK) I barely got to scratch the surface of what Guild Wars 2 has to offer. However, it gave me an extremely positive impression of what to expect when it eventually launches and I sit here now, with the beta event now over, believing this will be the start of a glorious return to ArenaNet’s world of Tyria that could well meet the great expectations that both fans newcomers currently hold.

Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Preview Part 1 | Welcome Back To Tyria

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Guild Wars 2 Beta Sign-Up Now Open

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Carl Phillips
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Guild Wars 2 Beta Sign-Up Now Open

But Only For 48 Hours!

Last night the news that fans of ArenaNet’s upcoming MMORPG were waiting for finally arrived; the sign-up page for the Guild Wars 2 beta test is live and ready to take your details.

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ArenaNet Announce Incoming Guild Wars 2 Beta

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Carl Phillips
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ArenaNet Announce Incoming Guild Wars 2 Beta

Full Release “Later This Year”

As the Lunar New Year welcomes in the Year of the Dragon, ArenaNet have chosen to use the occasion to announce their plans for their upcoming MMORPG Guild Wars 2.

In a blog entry posted on the official website this morning, ArenaNet Founder and President Mike O’Brien broke the exciting news that after months of taking a “when it’s done” approach, the press and fans would be getting hands-on with Guild Wars 2 in the very-near future.

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Mesmer Confirmed As The Final Guild Wars 2 Class

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Carl Phillips
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Mesmer Confirmed As The Final Guild Wars 2 Class

After a leak earlier this week spoiled the surprise, ArenaNet and NCsoft today confirmed that the eighth and final class for its upcoming MMORPG Guild Wars 2 will be the Mesmer.

The Mesmer are described as “magical duelists who rely on deception and confusion to keep their opponents in check.” While not directly as strong as the other available classes, the Mesmer relies on summoning illusions of itself to bring the hurt to their enemies. Defensive spells, such as hiding allies, will provide additional incentives for other players to have a Mesmer in their groups. We’ve got a video of the Mesmer class in action as well as a few screenshots after the jump.

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ArenaNet Begins Asura Week

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Carl Phillips
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ArenaNet Begins Asura Week

ArenaNet have already dedicated a week-long coverage of material to the Human, Norn, Charr, and Sylvari races, but this week they're giving some love to the smallest of the playable races in their upcoming MMORPG Guild Wars 2; the Asura.

In the first of what will be many posts this week, Senior Concept Artist Matthew Barrett discusses in a blog entry about the evolution of the design for the Asura, from scrawny Gollum-eqsue creatures during their original conception, to the arrogant yet highly intellectual magic users they are now. At the end of the article you can check out a speed drawing of the picture above, including commentary from Barrett. However, being the kind people we are, you can find the video after the jump. Be sure to check out the blog post at the link here, and be on the lookout for more coverage on the Asura on the official website over the course of this week.

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