This past weekend at TwitchCon, ArenaNet unveiled the launch trailer for the highly anticipated Guild Wars 2 expansion, Heart of Thorns, and announced the upcoming raid beta event. Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns launches on October 23rd.
The upcoming beta event is available to all players who pre-purchase the expansion. It begins this Friday, 2nd October at 8 p.m. BST (9 p.m. CEST) and runs until Monday 5th October at 7:59 p.m. BST (8:59 a.m. CEST).
During the upcoming Beta Weekend Event, players will be able to create fully geared level 80 beta characters from any profession, including the all-new revenant profession coming with the expansion. Players can also try all of the new elite specialisations that bring new weapons and abilities to each profession, including the druid specialisation for the ranger profession which was unveiled at TwitchCon. The beta also gives players the chance to fight new bosses and explore a new area of Heart of Maguuma, the new zone featuring in Heart of Thorns, where they can train masteries in a previously unexplored part of the jungle region.
ArenaNet followed up its announcement last month that Guild Wars 2 is getting raids with Heart of Thorns by revealing that this final beta event for the expansion includes a portion of the first raid. In the beta, a brand-new portal serves as a temporary entrance to the first raid, where parties consisting of 10 players can enter the first raid wing, Spirit Vale. Players will experience the first of what will become four total encounters in Spirit Vale. They’ll be tasked with seeking out a missing squad of Pact soldiers who disappeared while scouting an area north of the jungle.