We already know that Asura and Sylvari races will be playable, but don’t get too attached to your new characters — they’ll be wiped after this beta and before launch. In fact, all your characters from previous betas will also be terminated — with less-than-extreme prejudice, we hope.
So what’s there to do with your brand new avatars? How about trying out the new PvP map, Legacy of the Foefire, which promises to be a big nostagia trip for fans of the original Guild Wars? For WvW fans, there will be a new type of enemy called sentries, which are stationed on control points and designed to be handled by solo players.
Then there’s the Norn Keg Brawl mini-game, which looks a little like hockey with a keg of ale. Because everything’s better with a keg of ale.
If PvP’s not your gig, then you can explore the Brisban Wildlands, a new level 17-20 area located near the intersection of Asura, Sylvari, and Human lands. Or, you can just kick back and relax, and take in one of many scenic views, offered at a variety of locations and highlighted in this video of the view from Hoelbrak.
Finally, the Gem Store will be officially open for business, so you can make real-money purchases to test out ArenaNet’s billing system. All purchases will be wiped before launch and the gems used to purchase them refunded.
It looks like it’ll be a pretty action-packed Beta Weekend for everyone!
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