What’s in a name?
For MMO players, lots.
As outlined in a blog post, ArenaNet will build a list of Guild Wars names from all active accounts, with “active” defined as having logged in to the game at any point in 2012 until the list is constructed.
Then, players need to simply log into the game and create character(s) with the desired name(s) either during the Headstart Access period or on Launch Day.
After launch, the remainder of the 20 million unclaimed names will be “freed up,” allowing anyone to use them.
So are you planning to re-use your Guild Wars character names in Guild Wars 2? Or were you going to go with something original, maybe even — gasp! — one word? Let us know in the comments below!
NOTE: This information supersedes all previous info that indicated that Guild Wars players would have their Guild Wars 2 names reserved solely via linking their accounts or through the Hall of Monuments. The only way to reserve a character name is to have your GW/GW2 accounts linked, log into GW before the list is created, and then use the desired name(s) during Headstart or on Launch Day.