Core Guild Wars 2 game is now free to download

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The rumors turned out to be true – NCsoft and ArenaNet have just released the core Guild Wars 2 for free, so everyone is now able to download the game and play it without any costs. There are, however, a few limitations for the free accounts, as you can see here, but nothing too off-putting and won’t certainly prevent you from enjoying the game.

The Heart of Thorns expansion pack, with a planned release for October 23, however, will cost you, but it will bring 10-player raids and there’s plenty more free content in store for those who purchase it. Here’s the official word from the studio:

“Today we’re making the core Guild Wars 2 game free for everyone. With Heart of Thorns coming, it was already a great time to invite friends and guild members into the game, and now it’s an even better one. We want to make it easy for new players to try the game because we believe that players who love Guild Wars 2 will buy Heart of Thorns”

To us, this is great news, as the Guild Wars 2 buy-to-play business model isn’t affected by the addition of free accounts, or so it seems. Do you think this is beneficial to the game and will you try it?


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  • ced dek

    few limitations??? are you serious? you can’t do anything! i tried the game but this is more like a demo. really sucks.

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  • bloom warren

    what i seen so far it’s okay after all you do not pay so there has to be a major setback compared to the buy version

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  • Free to play they said…..What a joke, limits over limits over limits to what you can do in this game as a free user, it’s nothing but a demo not free to play game…The new expansion will come out and you can’t play that expansion unless you buy it you can’t enjoy the game at all unless you PAY for it.. PAY PAY PLAY PAY PAY PLAY PAY PAY PLAY $$$$$$$$ FREE TO PLAY MY ASS :3

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  • David K Lamica

    cant even download and install the game. after downloading the GwSetup. from website. installs for 1 min then bring you to log in and doesn nothign else. not able to even apply to the forums unless you have the new expansion bought already. so cant get help. it even says free to play on only as a trial from 25th sept to oct 5th but no way of signing up for the trial lol. and if you click Register it brings you to the expansion website to register cant do that bc u need to have cd key lol. Free to play my ass. Freemmostaion should have not post fault things.

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    • FreeMMOStation

      Many players are already playing the game, so why is this faulty? There’s some strange error in your part so maybe you could get help in some way, maybe some NCsoft support e-mail or something.

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