World vs. World is getting its final tuneup before launch in the upcoming Beta Weekend Event for Guild Wars 2, and we’ve now got a confirmed list of world names for this weekend, as well as a few tweaks to WvW from ArenaNet‘s PvP guru Mike Ferguson.
In his blog post, Ferguson talks about improvements to matchmaking and that, at launch, matches will be on one-day cycles for a while, until things get settled enough that two-week matches make more sense and offer better balance.
The world list itself is fairly short — less than half the size of the last event’s list, in fact — which Ferguson explains as being the result of ArenaNet’s ability to squeeze more power out of its hardware and to support more players per world. If space becomes an issue, they will launch new worlds over the weekend, as needed.
Of course, that probably means that everyone will be jam-packed into the Asura and Sylvari starting areas, but as an Asura would say, it’s for a good cause: science!