GW2: $50 Heroic Edition, Free Weekend Revealed (GameSpot.com)

ArenaNet sold 3 million copies as of January 2013. Seven months later, they’re offering a special $50 bundle? Why now? I can only assume sales have dipped since then and this is an effort to revitalize those numbers. Plus, they’re offering a free weekend. In combination, those things seem odd to me.

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ArenaNet reveals $50 bundle that includes One Legacy armor, 18-slot Mithril Box, and 10 experience boosters; free weekend kicks off tomorrow.

ArenaNet today announced the Guild Wars II Heroic Edition, a $50 premium bundle that packs in a copy of the fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game and various digital wares.

Digital pack-ins include One Legacy armor, an 18-slot Mithril Box for increased loot carrying capacity, and 10 experience boosters that will help players level up faster.

A free trial for Guild Wars II will open for all players in North America and Europe beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT on August 23. The trial period will end at midnight on August 25. Those interested in participating can sign up through the Guild Wars II website.

Guild Wars II was released in August 2012 and has sold over 3 million copies to date. ArenaNet announced earlier this week, citing data from DFC Intelligence, that the fantasy game is the fastest-selling Western MMO game of all time.

ArenaNet said Guild Wars II has the potential to see its player base double when it’s released in China. To bring the fantasy MMO game to China, ArenaNet has partnered with KongZhong Corporation. No date for the game’s release in China has been announced.

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2 Responses to GW2: $50 Heroic Edition, Free Weekend Revealed (GameSpot.com)

  1. Anthony Graves says:

    I knew a lot of people that were real into it for about 3 months, but just about everyone of them dropped off. I know its not a pay-to-play, but rep like that spreads fast. Same problem Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic had I think, poor end game play.

    • jkwengert says:

      The biggest issue in GW2 for me was that I could craft my exotic set the same day I hit level cap. And *boom* – I was done. The dungeons didn’t offer any gear progression until several months after launch.

      In GW2’s defense, they have added a ridiculous amount of new content, story arcs, “celebration” events, and even new dungeons and horizontal gear progression. I enjoy the game, but there are so many other new and shiny games out there.

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