ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2 is an interesting beast. Since 2012, the Fantasy MMORPG has offered players the chance to delve into the world of Tyria any time they want without ever being charged a subscription fee. Not something we see very often.
Guild Wars 2 Archive
Guild Wars 2 is the most-updated online world in the industry, according to developer ArenaNet.
Guild Wars 2 maker ArenaNet has been criticised by players for having what looks like double-standards.
ArenaNet wants Guild Wars 2 to do eSports. And the first baby steps have been made.
Funny thing about expectations: they can blind you both ways. After claims that Guild Wars 2 would shake up the stagnant genre of massively multiplayer online games, many were surprised, and a little disappointed, to find that it looked and played just like an MMO. But deflated expectations can be just as deceptive as the hype that led to them.
NCsoft has announced a Mac version of Guild Wars 2, praise the lord.
It's the most nondescript day imaginable. 2pm on Thursday afternoon, and a spell of British anti-weather (sun like a cheap lightbulb) has me feeling neither warm nor cold. But I am sweating, and I am rapt.
A live action trailer by the director of V for Vendetta, James McTeigue - that's what Guild Wars 2 needed. And so, that's what Guild Wars 2 has been given.
The Guild Wars 2 Trading Post (auction house) is now available for everybody to use.
PC MMO Guild Wars 2 is top of the UK all-format chart, but sold less at retail than Star Wars: The Old Republic did at launch.
Don't suppose you noticed that Guild Wars 2 had launched - hardly been anything written about it.
Another night, another flurry of activity by Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet. An MMO community thrives on maker-to-mouth communication and, so far, ArenaNet has showed a healthy regard for just that.
Guild Wars 2 has enjoyed a relatively smooth launch, but there are still teething problems - maybe they're unavoidable when launching a game and online service of this magnitude.
OK. Following those first few rickety hours where I was disappointed at how much of an MMORPG Guild Wars 2 is - as documented in our collective diary - I've since found that I do, in fact, have another MMORPG in me. This game twisted open my genre fatigue like a rich man presented with a cheap lobster, and has commenced slurping the free time from my reticent carapace.
Guild Wars 2 is officially out on Tuesday 28th August, but several Eurogamer writers have spent the UK bank holiday weekend running around the three-day Head Start period reporting on our experiences. We'll do a proper review of the game once we've had more time to play it, but in the meantime you can see what we made of the game as we got stuck into it.