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Guild Wars 2 to allow free server transfers during launch period

Friday, 17th August 2012 06:54 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Guild Wars 2 drops in just under two weeks, so it’s time to start figuring out which server you should choose – but don’t worry if you can’t make up your mind.

In a new blog post, ArenaNet explained that while players will be asked to pick a home server straight off the bat, you’ll be able to switch servers as often as you like, and for free.

This offer only applies to the MMORPG’s launch window, through; once things are “largely settled and stabilized”, you’ll be charged a number of gems for each transfer and limited to once a week.

Luckily, ArenaNet plans to introduce Guesting so you’ll still be able to play with mates if you get stuck – althouygh while Guesting, you can’t participate in World vs. World events.

Interestingly, although players will be divided into Norther American and European regions (check the link above to see where your nation falls), you’ll be able to pick a server from any region. Watch for lag, though.

Guild Wars 2 opens its doors on August 28.

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  1. hives

    *And head start for those who pre-purchased starts on August 25, and for those who pre-ordered (yup, that’s different from “pre-purchase” :f) on August 27 :>

    Cool thing. Many people I know are wondering about servers that they will play on, so it’s nice that ANet is giving us the chance to migrate for free at start.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. roadkill

    Thank you ArenaNet! :)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TheWulf

    They’re awesome like this. This is just a very typical example of ArenaNet being incredibly generous, really, like they’ve always been. Have you seen the content they recently dropped on the original Guild Wars? It’s amazing stuff.

    Also, I see that guesting is mentioned in the article but not explained. So I’ll cover that. Basically, if you want to play on a server that another friend is on, you just guest over there. And this process is completely free. So what’s moving servers about? To move from a server to server is solely a PvP thing. The server you’re on, your home server, is representative of the PvP group you’re in in World vs World vs World.

    If your server is doing well, you get a serverwide buff. You keep this buff even if you guest to another server. If you have no interest in PvP then you’ll never have to pay to change servers, at any point, ever.

    No, really. This is ArenaNet we’re talking about, here, not Blizzard. This kind of thing is typical for them.

    I’ve always known that they’ve been reasonable about stuff like that. Do note that the only thing they charge for is a full move, since this means guild alterations, leaderboard tinkering, and things of that sort. And even then the fee for moving is nominal. This is why I get so irritable about consumers who’re taken for a ride by greedy developers.

    Think…

    World of Warcraft players have to pay: For the game/expansions, $15 a month, and (I think) $10 to play with a friend on another server.

    Guild Wars 2 players have to pay: For the game/expansions, $0 a month, and $0 to play with a friend on another server.

    This is why the cognitive dissonance is always so strong with Blizzard fans. And it really is, my goodness, the loudness of their dissonance is clamouring.

    It’s like the Torchlight II ($20, with more content, mods, and plentiful user rights) versus Diablo III ($60, with less content, no mods, and no user rights).

    One of these days people will stop being conned by Blizzard. Look at examples like ArenaNet as to why you should make a stand against this. Because what Blizzard is doing really is bullshit. And if I were most Blizzard fans, I’d be kicking myself senseless right now for having given them so much money.

    ArenaNet and Runic Games show how you treat customers with respect.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    Is there a psychiatrist in the house?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. absolutezero

    tl;dr Blizzard is shit wake up sheeple.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Kabby

    It’s gone too far. We need an exorcist.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    Guys at least appreciate the fact it is one of his shortest posts, be happy with that, ;)
    p.s and besides i think he has a fair point.

    #7 2 years ago