Path of Fire, the upcoming expansion for Guild Wars 2, is going to be released this Friday, September 22nd. According to an FAQ post on the ArenaNet site, it’s going to go live at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PDT). The post is filled with all sorts of great info about the expansion, but we’re only going to mention the bits that we think are the most important.
The World Tournament Series finals were scheduled to take place in Cologne, during Gamescom. The competition was fierce but one team managed to get ahead of others – The Abjured. They took home $25.000 and five Nvidia graphics cards, and their names will be written on the Pride trophy. Here’s the full list of winners, along with team member names.
- First place: The Abjured (Five Gauge, Phantaram, Nos, Wakkey, Magic Toker)
- Second place: Orange Logo (ROM, Denshee, Tage, Frae, Sindrener)
- Third place: The Civilized Gentlemen (Lord Helseth, Lypion, Zan, Texbi, Levin)
- Fourth place: GLHF (Nocturne, Larisense, November, Mr Time, Cain)
Good job everyone, and thanks for the entertainment.
Memebers of the ArenaNet team will be flying out to Cologne, Germany, to show off Heart of Thorns to the audience at Gamescom 2015. The new expansion will be on display at the Guild Wars 2 booth, where visitors will have the chance to try out the new content for themselves.
If you’re in Cologne on August 8th, you’ll also have the chance to watch the World Tournament Series finals, where four teams will fight for a piece of the $50.000 prize pool. There will be discussion panels each day, and you’ll be able to meet members of the development team. Most of it will be streamed via Twitch, so you can enjoy it even if you can’t visit.
The beta event weekends for the Heart of Thorns expansion are nearing. The first one will go on from August 7th to August 10th, and everyone who pre-purchased the upcoming expansion will get the chance to take a stroll on a new map, try out the new profession as well as the added specializations.
The beta will be available from noon PDT on Friday (3PM EDT/9PM CEST), until noon PDT on Monday. As expected, we won’t be getting access to everything – only a portion of the map, as well as the general content, will be on show, since the developers don’t want to spoil the experience for us. We’ll be able to use a new button to create a lvl 80 character complete with gear, so we can try out the revenant profession and the new elite specializations (chronomancer, dragon hunter, tempest and reaper).
The game will start with a big battle in Silverwastes that will lead you into the new area. You’ll get to see a jungle zone and a place called Verdant Brink – only 25% of the area will be accessible during the betas. You will also be able to take the newly made characters for a spin in the old lands, in all forms of play. Progress will transfer between betas, so you’ll be able to continue where you left off at the next event.
There’s good news even if you haven’t bought the expansion yet – the Stronghold PvP mode will be available to all players during the beta events. More info can be found on the official blog.