Guild Wars 2 beta sign-up page open for 48 hours

ArenaNet invites gamers to submit an application for upcoming trial for new massively multiplayer online role-playing game; sign-up page closes Friday.

Gamers interested in trying out ArenaNet's massively multiplayer online role-playing game Guild Wars 2 can apply to join the March-dated beta today, the developer has announced.

Gamers can sign up for the beta now and cross their fingers about getting in.

Eager gamers will need to act rather quickly if they wish to have a chance for a spot in the trial, as the beta sign-up page will close this Friday, February 24, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Players will need to submit their PC hardware specifications to ArenaNet when applying for a spot in the beta and must sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) if granted access to the trial. ArenaNet will notify applicants via email if they have been chosen to participate in the beta.

The sign-up page is currently experiencing technical trouble, but the developer said it is aware of the issues and is working to resolve them.

The Guild Wars 2 beta will begin in March, with the full game expected to be released during 2012. The team at ArenaNet has a small group working on a console version of the game, but no announcements have been made concerning Guild Wars 2 arriving outside of the PC.

Guild Wars 2 puts players into a persistent fantasy word that is driven by a range of dynamic events. When Guild Wars 2 launches later this year it will cost a fee up front but will not require a monthly paid subscription to continue playing.

For more on Guild Wars 2, check out GameSpot's latest preview and coverage of developer discussions from Comic-Con 2011 and PAX 2011.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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rann89
rann89

So those of us who applied weeks and months ago got tossed out?

emperiox
emperiox

Runescape > Guild Wars 2

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

I've been on GW since it was released spring of 2005. Hope I make the cut for the open beta.

shafe-man
shafe-man

Signed up literally the minute the site went up... hope they realize I had the first three games, just to give me a bit of leverage into the choosing process.

RiP_ili
RiP_ili

...just noticed the 'March beta' part. Come on February, you had your fun... get the hell outta here already.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Never played the first one, but I'm really interested in GW2. I'm going to sign up, wish me luck guys.

da_post_office
da_post_office

Why does me so happy words can't do sense when brain so jumbled and excitement overflowing!!!!!!!!

LordDeArnise
LordDeArnise

I've been waiting for this kind of news for a long time. As a player who put a few years into GW1, I'm looking forward to the sequel and its dynamics, all for just the price of a copy of the game.

emperiox
emperiox

@TheQue Oh absolutely man. It's not as fun now though because not as many people are on as when it was first released...but it's still one of the top F2P-ish games out there. I was also suprised at the fact that there is almost no currency spammers. GW2 is just an improvement all around it looks like.

TheQue
TheQue

@emperiox GW is that fun eh? I've never played the first although i have a few buddies that do... one of the reasons i haven't tried other MMOs is the monthly subscription fee and lack of a trial account. thankfully GW2 solves that problem

emperiox
emperiox

@HollowNinja You should totally get it dude. It doesn't cost a monthly sub or anything. Furthermore, they have outstanding customer service. All you'll need to buy is the game itself. :)

emperiox
emperiox

@TheQue Hehe, I'm quitting WoW for the GW2 beta...that's right the beta. Not even the full game, the beta. :p

TheQue
TheQue

thanks for the heads up gamespot i signed up right away. I'm a former WoW player looking for something new hopefully GW2 lives up to the hype i cant wait to give it a try

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I'm kind of interested in GW2. I've never been much of an MMO gamer, but this looks interesting.

Dark_Arcitekt
Dark_Arcitekt

Signed up.Here's hoping to test what I think will be one of the greats.Very much looking forward to this title.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@CyberLips There's actually a book you can buy which gives the back story to GW. It's called Ghosts of Ascalon.

megakick
megakick

Awesome look Bioware this is how you make a MMORPG.

vergil_lives
vergil_lives

not a fan of mmo's. I tried WOW but got bored with it within 30 minutes. I have alot of time on my hands atm though so maybe I'll check this out.

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

So long as this game turns out to be great, it should be very successful, mostly due to it's one time payment and no monthly fee. It allows MMO fans to try something new without having to give in there current favourite MMO like they would otherwise due to the expense of two monthly fees going on at the same time.

CocaColaNinja
CocaColaNinja

I don't see it... I can't see it.... I can't understand why you guys like this game it doesn't look good to me

DraKKuLL007
DraKKuLL007

"THIS GAME WILL SUCK", someone said to me... this person lives no more!

CyberLips
CyberLips

Done!!! I hope i get a code , i never played Guild Wars though...:(

DeIuxe
DeIuxe

Thanks gamespot. Didn't know about this before you guys let me know.

X-RS
X-RS

Bad time to take vacation =P

Pete5506
Pete5506

I singed up, and told most of my buddies to do the same

baal46
baal46

Just want to say thanks to GameSpot for giving me the heads up on this. Hope I get in!

eaterofsouls2
eaterofsouls2

Signed up on my laptop. Sure my laptops specs are kinda crap, but from what I heard about the wide range testing spec seems like its a worthwhile shot imo. :)

Barighm
Barighm

[quote]ill throw in my mom, t.v., xbox+games, stray neighborhood cats, money, and of course ...soulz [/quote] I wonder if the devs use gamer's souls to buy in-game items in Dark Souls?

emperiox
emperiox

@Deneticon He was probably lying. I got a confirmation email for signing up, but didn't get a beta key. In fact, I don't think anyone but the media has gotten one yet.

Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

If there is no region lock to play this thing (as other MMO's have) they already have another buyer. I will be playing this with a brand new PC at the end of this year. Screw the Vita, I'm buying a great PC just for this.

Faber_Fighter
Faber_Fighter

Thanks for the heads up! I probably would have missed out if it wasn't for this article.

Spacemancer
Spacemancer

Thank you so much for this article Gamespot, if I could give you a hug, I would.

edant79
edant79

I got a "thank you for signing up" email instantly, but not a confirmation. I'd assume the confirmation process would take some time...

p40tomahawk
p40tomahawk

@simon1812 you may have answered all the question correctly but the company is only choosing users based on PC specs and such so you may have been denied

Deneticon
Deneticon

@emperiox sorcererxx12 claimed that he got his confirmation e-mail instantly.

simon1812
simon1812

I havent gotten a confirmation and I signed up 3 hrs ago, no my head is floating in paranoia "did I type my email right?" "did I hit accept right?" "did I miss an important step?"

qweasd54
qweasd54

"Come on, send me the acceptance email already! I'll pay to play the beta! Who do I have sign my soul over to? Do you accept first-borns?! Hell, I'll throw the wife in too.. just send it!" /THIS ill throw in my mom, t.v., xbox+games, stray neighborhood cats, money, and of course ...soulz

Lord_Asmodeus
Lord_Asmodeus

Must... get... invite. :) I have been dreaming of this day for a while now.

emperiox
emperiox

@SolidSnakeUS42 Loool, wow that sucks for you. :P

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

Okay, now that I've signed up, time to read past the first link in the article.

emperiox
emperiox

@Deneticon Nope...they probably won't send invites until after Friday when they stop accepting applications.

emperiox
emperiox

Yo! If I don't get a beta invite... THERE WILL BE WAR.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@Albaficas You mean Tera? No thanks.

Deneticon
Deneticon

Did anyone get their confirmation e-mail yet?

SolidSnakeUS42
SolidSnakeUS42

I am so pissed I can't do this right now. The fan on my 5850 just died this morning and won't be getting the new aftermarket cooler until late Friday or Saturday... :(.

Albaficas
Albaficas

Lets try that rift copy past game

thatguy_b
thatguy_b

Well time for homework.... ehhh lets check gamespot first. SO glad I did!