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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns beta event coming 7th August, playable at gamescom

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Gamescom attendees will get the chance to play the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns demo previewing exclusive beta content as the official Beta Weekend Event launches.

NCSOFT and ArenaNet, publisher and developer of the Guild Wars franchise, have announced that the first publicly accessible beta for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns will get a preview on the Gamescom show floor and then launch worldwide as the first official Beta Weekend Event for players who pre-purchased the game.

ArenaNet will debut a demo showcasing a portion of the content that’s playable in the beta test on the show floor starting on gamescom’s opening day on Wednesday, August 5, and running until the show ends on Sunday, August 9.

For the Beta Weekend Event, players around the world who purchase Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns will be able to play all of the content in the beta test using their existing Guild Wars 2 accounts starting at 9:00 pm. CEST (8:00 pm BST) on Friday, August 7th, and running until 9:00 pm CEST (8:00 pm BST) on Monday, August 10th.

ArenaNet is enabling players to save their progress during testing and carry it over into future betas for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, giving them a chance to experience how character progression and earning new abilities works in the expansion.

ArenaNet will also be live streaming game demos and special programming from the gamescom Twitch booth. Attendees who play the expansion will have their demo live streamed to the world. ArenaNet developers and special guests from the Guild Wars 2 community will also be part of programming filmed daily at the booth. Highlights include segments with Crystin Cox, lead designer on the game, and a German community roundtable with popular Guild Wars 2 Twitch streamers.

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