As the highly anticipated release of Guild Wars 2 inches ever closer, ArenaNet has decided to send the call out for beta testers interested in taking part in the largest project the company has ever undertaken. Guild Wars 2 originally started its closed beta in December of 2011. Since then, only a select few have been able to take part in the early phase of testing.
The original Guild Wars is a series of epic stories as told through a fantasy role-playing game set in the world of Cantha. With aspects of both a single-player RPG and a larger massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), it has given players a unique platform on which to play. With no monthly subscription fee, Guild Wars was among the first to offer a single-payment entry into an MMO. It was also one of the first to offer henchmen and the ability to experience the world outside of the various cities and villages as independent instances, allowing you to avoid the queue that tends to pile up for popular quest zones.
Guild Wars is largely regarded as the anti-MMO. While you can take part in epic guild battles and PvP, you may also enjoy the storyline from start to finish without having to form a team at all. Granted, there are some advantages to joining a guild or forming a party, such as bonus rewards and easier questing through especially difficult zones.
Guild Wars also introduced the idea of independent expansions. Instead of having to purchase the initial release in order to take advantage of an expansion, you could opt to buy just the expansion and play through that storyline without ever having to buy the original. Of course, there are advantages to owning the set, but this isn’t a necessity in order to experience the game.
Guild Wars 2 is largely expected to follow the same pricing and release scheme.
Today, ArenaNet has sent out a call via email to would-be beta players to submit their interest in taking part in the next round of testing.
Signing up is fairly easy. You’ll need to run a system test on your Windows PC in order to generate a hardware profile ArenaNet can use to gauge the usefulness of your particular hardware to the program. After all, it would be silly to do a test with a user base largely using the same hardware and software, wouldn’t it? Once the test is complete, you’re sent to a page where you can submit your email address, age, guild name (optional) and opt in to receive news and updates about the upcoming release.
If you’re selected, ArenaNet will send you an invitation along with further instructions on how to take part in the closed beta.
So, what are you waiting for? Taking part in any game’s beta gives you the ability to help shape the gaming world that you’ll participate in after launch. It’s a chance to help ensure that the final product is stable and enjoyable for yourself and your guild mates. You can sign up for the Guild Wars 2 closed beta here.
If you’re not selected to take part in this stage of beta, there is an upcoming world event in the original Guild Wars that might hold you over until Guild Wars 2 launches. Guild Wars: Winds of Change promises to deliver new equipment and a conclusion to the events that have taken place in Cantha up to this point. If anything, it’ll set the stage for what is to come in Guild Wars 2.