Launch Information

August 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 1 Comment
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There are a few things you need to know before the launch of Guild Wars 2.

The most important thing to note would probably be that the client used for the beta weekends and stress tests is also the launch client. You should run it every couple of days to keep it updated.

I can’t be any more specific about launch times than Arenanet, so I’ll quote them. All of this hinges on whether you pre-purchased, pre-ordered, or you’re picking up the game on release day.

Pre-Purchase with 3-Day Headstart: Everyone who pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 will enjoy three full days of Headstart Access. The three-day Headstart Access will officially begin at 0:00 AM Pacific time (GMT -7:00) on August 25th. However, please note that in order to ensure that we’re fully prepared for that fateful hour we may bring servers online up to 3 hours prior. If you’re a player committed to getting in first to grab that character name of your dreams you’ll want to be keeping an eye on things during that time period.

Pre-Order with 1-Day Headstart: Those who pre-ordered Guild Wars 2 will be able to participate in one day of Headstart Access. The one-day Headstart Access will begin at 0:00 AM Pacific time (GMT -7:00) on August 27th. NOTE – Pre-Order code registration is now enabled.

For those players who have not pre-purchased or pre-ordered the game, Guild Wars 2 will officially launch at 0:00 AM Pacific time (GMT -7:00) on August 28th

Download the Client today: If you’ve registered your pre-purchase or pre-order and created your Guild Wars account you can go to account management today and download the client. Be sure to update the client periodically to minimize your download at launch.

So that’s launch times but what server are you rolling on? Unlike other games this probably doesn’t matter as much. You won’t be able to WvW with people on other servers, or access your guild buffs/vault, but you can guest on other servers to play with people.

Still, rolling on the same server as your friends would be convenient. This is the finalized list of servers. But even if you mistakenly join the wrong server, transferring will be free for the first few days after launch.

As for me, two of my guilds, Relics of Orr and Hamstorm Nation seem to be considering (but have not finalized) Northern Shiverpeaks as their server. The only other guild I’m officially joining up with so far, I Can Outtweet A Centaur, has decided to go with Jade Quarry.

If there’s anything important I’ve forgotten in regards to launch, let me know in the comments.

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  1. […] Hunter’s Insight — Launch Information. “There are a few things you need to know before the launch of Guild Wars 2. The most important thing to note would probably be that the client used for the beta weekends and stress tests is also the launch client. You should run it every couple of days to keep it updated.” […]


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