If you thought that last weekend’s combo TERA/Diablo III beta weekend was nuts, it’s nothing compared to the three-ring circus that’s trumpeting Guild Wars 2’s “first” beta weekend event. I put “first” in ironic quotes like that because it isn’t exactly the first such weekend, just the first post-prepurchase weekend, so I guess ArenaNet is starting over with their counting. Counting past three is hard, people!
Anyway, a lot of my friends are going absolutely bananas over this, and considering how jammed up the site got when the beta emails went out, so are a few of you. My guild’s planning out the weekend activities already, which is helped by a post that ArenaNet put out about the weekend.
It’s an interesting post for three reasons. One, they list all the servers in advance so people can make their plans and coordinate with each other. I always appreciate this (and conversely hate it when a studio plays coy with server names until the last possible second). I know it’s just beta, but it’s in the studio’s best interest to make sure that players have the best possible experience, and there’s nothing more frustrating than having to scramble right at the beginning of a very limited-time event to coordinate a group of people.
The second reason this post is notable is that ArenaNet is shedding some light on its sever (or “home world”) transfer policy. You can indeed pick a server from a different region and transfer to a new server every week (for a price, of course). Good to know that transfers won’t be incredibly painful.
The third reason, and what really caught my attention, is that ArenaNet is going to allow players to “guest” play on servers other than their own. Like Guild Wars 2’s overflow servers, it’s kind of a genius idea. I have a lot of friends all over the place, and picking a server in an MMO usually means that I’m choosing which friends to be with and which to not (that sucks). Here, I’ll just settle down with my guild on whatever server and then be able to hop over to a friend’s server for some coop or whatnot. That’s awesome. Really. I guess there will be restrictions on PvP, but I can live with that.
So while I’m generally not a big beta person — and my weekend is insanely busy with company arriving and birthday parties being thrown — I’ll most likely be messing around in the beta if for nothing else than to hang with some friends and get jazzed about the game. See you there!