Guesting and Paid Server Transfers Coming in January Update
At long last, Guild Wars 2 guesting will be implemented on January 28! And there was much rejoicing. In case you haven’t been watching GuildCast (and shame on you, really!), guesting is the ability to visit other servers and play with friends who call a different world home. Everyone thought this feature would be implemented at—or shortly after—release, so we’ve been waiting quite some time for it to rear its glorious tardy head.
But the announcement didn’t evoke smiles from everyone. The internet is particularly adept at finding the rotten spot on the perfect apple. The guesting feature will NOT allow you to visit players in a different region. European players can’t visit North American home worlds and vice versa. This is disappointing, but ArenaNet explains why this restriction is in place:
“There are two databases: European player data is stored in our European datacenter, American player data is stored in our American datacenter. This is to ensure that people in these regions can still properly play in case there is an issue with the connection between the datacenters.
When you do a world transfer from the US to the EU (and vice versa) your player data is transferred from one datacenter to the other. This is not the case with guesting, as you are still “registered” on your home world.”
Many people seem to be upset because it’s the first time that we’ve been made aware of those restrictions. It’s a valid point, but considering that most MMOs don’t allow you to visit other servers for free at all, it’s still an amazing feature that the majority of the community will be thrilled with.
There are a few other conditions to keep in mind regarding guesting:
- You cannot participate in World vs. World while guesting.
- You can only guest for 2 different worlds at a time. Each time you guest, that world becomes one of your eligible guest worlds for a 24 hour period.
- When you guest, you earn guild influence on the guesting server and not your home world.
Paid server transfers are also being introduced at the same time as guesting. This will, hopefully, encourage server populations to stabilize and instill a sense of loyalty and pride among World vs. World fanatics.
Guesting will be available in less than two weeks and that also means the next game update will take place on January 28. Check out the full announcement for further details. What do you think of the guesting plan? Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment.