Guild Wars 2 isn't free-to-play or subscription-based in China, and that's pretty rare

ArenaNet confirms the same pay-once model from North America and Europe will be applied to China, a region dominated by free-to-play business models.

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Free-to-play and subscription-based business models are the dominant force in Asian regions like China, but one major upcoming game is bucking the trend. ArenaNet has announced that when Guild Wars II launches in China later this year, the same pay-once model from North America and Europe will be applied to the region.

ArenaNet has partnered with Chinese publishing company KongZhong Corporation to release Guild Wars II in China, which will mark its introduction to the region on March 11 through a closed beta. ArenaNet says KongZhong's business model approach is "revolutionary" for the China PC game market.

"Chinese players will get the same premium MMO gaming experience that Guild Wars 2 players in North America and Europe enjoy, with consistent and timely content updates," ArenaNet president and cofounder Mike O'Brien said in a statement. "Guild Wars 2 China will be synchronized with the worldwide version of the game."

Guild Wars II's regular content releases will be "largely" the same across North American, European, and Asian servers, with the exception of a new tutorial requested by Chinese players, ArenaNet said.

Guild Wars II sold more than 3 million copies during its first nine months on the market, making it the fastest selling Western MMO of all time, according to DFC Intelligence data. China is the first region in Asia where Guild Wars II will be released, with other territories to follow.

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Discussion

33 comments
ctspawn
ctspawn

I am from India and the game launched last year as pay one model here.Although only through one online retail store and that to it is described as imported edition.

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

This gate is worth every penny. Yes, it could be more optimized for x64 PCs.

Jacen22
Jacen22

This game was ok. I played through the story, which was terrible but I did like the graphics and the dialogue scenes that they did with it. The story makes you the supporting actor to another NPC that takes the lead. PVE content for end game didn't interest me in the least and I don't PVP, which I hear is the best aspect about this game. So if you're in to pvp I think this game will be right up your alley.

Slagar
Slagar

I bought GW2 at launch. My computer received 4-7 fps in the game, even though my specs surpassed the "recommended" system requirements. Looking it up on the forums, there were a lot of people who were having the same problem. Arenanet never fixed it.

Never supporting this company again.

keiran1337
keiran1337

Maybe Asian will start thinking differently. Currently they are the big defenders of the free-to-play model, they joyfully welcome any kind of pay-to-win/cashmachine/free-to-play crap, while on other continents we start realising it's the worse model ever, and it costs much more than other models when you start throwing money into it.

Well, even GW2 isn't fair anymore anyway, with that crappy Gem Store. Yes, you can get items with in-game currency, yes, there's no MMO with a better deal, but every cash shop brings unfair stuff, cosmetic or not, and I hope MMO industry will find a way to get rid of that model. I don't understand why selling boxes and expansions isn't enough, when you sell million of copies.

IMO, GW1 was the only MMO with a fair model, they made tons of money from expansions sales, before they opened the NCsoft shop too. And that shop is still fair, it only sells cheap character/bank slots.

Poodger
Poodger

The model is pretty rare here too, tbh (when it comes to MMO's anyway)

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

i know this is nitpicking, but it's actually guild wars 2, no roman numerals. the game's logo is a dragon shaped 2 :P

carolino
carolino

I enjoyed this game ok but nothing compared to the first wow times


to casual and all-on-one combat felt dumb

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

@Jacen22  pvp is meh. They only have one mode. Tera would be better for you wanted good pvp. 

bluefox755
bluefox755

@Slagar  My computer was roughly minimum requirements and I ran it just fine. Course that was last October, perhaps the game was buggy at launch?

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

It's my favorite game. I bought a new 770GTX.

 @Slagar

Jacen22
Jacen22

@Slagar  Have you tried it recently, I'm sure they must have optimized it better now. Most mmos with high graphics fidelity usually don't run that great on launch, they have bugs and need to be optimized for gameplay with a broader field than what they had in beta. Also check to see if your drivers are up to date if you haven't updated them in a while.

Enundr
Enundr

@keiran1337 sad with their recent LS update for GW2 they put the convenience that LA had behind a gem store purchase (for a perma airship pass) , lets see how long GW2 gem shop remains anywhere near the "fair" level , i can imagine theyre on the slope to P2W model  cause of all the ppl that defend them removing the convenience like its nothing , saying just deal with the loading screen times XD oh well maybe well see a game to rival GW1 in a fair model again eventually? till then i prefer the sub model cause im not going to get gouged  to even play most of a game online.

Barighm
Barighm

@keiran1337 Honestly, F2P isn't so bad when done right. I see a lot of people saying Path of Exile rocks. For other games, you only pay for things like significant expansions, extra characters (assuming there was a nice bit of choice from the beginning), or vanity items.

cboye18
cboye18

@keiran1337  Well they're the majority of the world's population and also the gaming population, so they win.  

thesilverape
thesilverape

@Poodger  Yeah, Guild Wars is the only mmo I know of that is on a pay once model. Most are limited free-to-play with premium subscription. 

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

@carolino  Lol, WoW is a casual game I think, there's no tactic to the combat and it's slow & boring.


Just my opinion.

snakebite6x6x6
snakebite6x6x6

@Jestersmiles @Jacen22  I loved the action in Tera...and I loved soloing as many BAMs as I could. But as the game went on it became very grindy, and the story is completely forgettable. 


Every time the Nexus event would start the entire server would be lag city...


I hopped on again a few months back...and it seemed as though they made the game easier...BAMs were not as fun to solo as they went down entirely too quickly...and without much effort. I never did get to max level (I think my highest toon is around level 54 or so) so I cannot really combat on PvP...but I rolled an archer... and duels were pretty easy for me...although I had some players complain afterwards that all I did was kite them (fucking duh...ARCHER)... so I will have to get in sometime to level up to 60 and give it a go.


As for guild wars...there are 2 modes if I am correct... WvW and another one...haven't tried either...I enjoy the game to a point...but it gets boring for me rather quickly. 

I love the visuals, and I like the races...but the auto-scaling player levels bug me.. I never feel powerful.. and as an elementalist it sucks to get caught off guard and die to level 10 mobs when my non scaled level is 80... 


Some of the story quests are annoying aswell...as there is one in particular in the Order of Whispers questline where I was forced down a narrow corridor fighting wave after wave of baddies with very little room to dodge or maneuver...and the camera was having a field day screwing with my view of the action. If a ele cannot dodge...death is quick to follow.


I still play off and on...but it doesn't hold my attention for very long.

Enundr
Enundr

@Jacen22 @Slagarhigh graphics? BUAHAHAHAHA its got decent graphics at best. theyre dated , class balancing in the game is abysmall where necro becomes completely useless in pve , theres nothing good left in the game, graphics not being the best of the best even at max lol

E-Magnate
E-Magnate

@Enundr @keiran1337The convenience that LA had was all just moved to the Vigil HQ, not sure what kind of loading screen problems you'll be getting from that.

Enundr
Enundr

@thesilverape @PoodgerGW2 is slowly on the way there thesilver , theyve already removed the convenience of a central hub (ie all the crafting stations and other key structures) and put alot of them behind a gem store purchase to access.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@jZangetsu21 @carolino

I guess you guys started playing WoW after Wrath?

During Vanilla WoW through the BC Era, WoW was far from a casual game.  It actually required skill and you actually had to e apart of Guilds who actually communicated with one another and actually practice and look up how to do raids.

its Casual now though. With the whole Duty Finder and Raid Finder and the fact they just extremely dumbed the whole game down by removing everything that made the game an actual challenge and the fact you'll soon be able to pay Blizzard to have a level 90 character that you can get geared up in not even a week, when back in the day, it took you a month or two to get geared up for raids and end game content.

thesilverape
thesilverape

@jZangetsu21 @carolino  Couldn't agree with you more, to me PvE (dungeons not included) in online games is more casual since their are absolutely no skills needing to be developed you just use a bit of logic in using attacks that's it. PvP is different though, their are different attack sequences you need to know to take down different classes, you need to think and discover these on your own (unless you use a guide to orient your character as the guide will also tell you what to do in different situations).

Enundr
Enundr

@E-Magnate @Enundr@keiran1337the Mystic Forge and Dungeon Qaurtermasters did yes, the crafting stations are in the airship that you need to buy a pass from the gem shop to access if you want a permanent one anyway.

Enundr
Enundr

@02pheland @Enundr@thesilverape@Poodgerexcept the part where the Mystic Forge isnt in any of them and you have to go to WvW to use it , or to where the LS moved LA stuff to use it , meaning your still losing the convenience , unless you find constant loading screens convenience , then maybe theres nothing wrong. and if all your doing in the wvw zone is using the facilites and not helping out against the mass zergs , your world just might get ticked at you.

02pheland
02pheland

@Enundr @thesilverape @Poodger  except for the other 5 cities in the game that offer all those services too, plus the smaller crafting areas in the starting zones and the onces you can access in WvW without the need to pay anything.

MigzBR
MigzBR

@notfrylock1987 @jZangetsu21 @carolino  Agree, those that were there for Vanilla are the ones that know the glory days of guild raiding. Try putting 40 people together and trying to get them to execute a fight nearly perfect to get a boss down. Vanilla wasnt casual at all. 

Enundr
Enundr

@Hayasmez @carolino@thesilverape@jZangetsu21 lol can tell you i rarely see people doing alot of those anymore , they get their achieves (like with worm) then move on , they currently farm champs in lower lvl areas (popular one is outside divinitys reach) .

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

@carolino @thesilverape@jZangetsu21 Getting a legendary weapon sure is casual. Might be worth actually going back and trying out the new/old improved bosses. Most of them are no longer faceroll such as Tequatl, temple bosses in orr and the new worm boss are quite challenging (especially for people who can't do anything other than press one and stand in one place)