Guild Wars 2 core game goes free
ArenaNet announces award-winning MMO Guild Wars 2 is available to play for free starting today and reveals raids.
ArenaNet, publisher and developer of the acclaimed Guild Wars franchise, a few days ago set the stage for the future of Guild Wars 2, at a fan and press conference at PAX Prime. ArenaNet co-founder and president Mike O’Brien revealed details about how the core version of Guild Wars 2 is now available to play for free.
By making the core Guild Wars 2 game free, ArenaNet is lifting the final barrier for MMO fans everywhere to play one of the most popular games in the genre and join a player community widely recognised as one of the best in online games. The move to free reinforces the studio’s strategy with its MMO business model. Like the company’s previous games, Guild Wars 2 launched as a buy-to-play game without a subscription. It has since delivered more than 40 major content updates to players free of charge. While the core Guild Wars 2 is now available to play for free, Heart of Thorns will launch as a buy-to-play experience without subscription fees.
“We believe the buy to play, subscription-free model for MMOs is good for players, and it’s good for developers,” said Mike O’Brien, co-founder and president of ArenaNet. “It gets a little tricky when a buy-to-play MMO introduces an expansion pack, leaving new players guessing about what they need to buy in order to start playing with their friends. As we get ready to release our first expansion for Guild Wars 2, we want to ensure that we keep a simple business model where new players can play the core game for free, while all players need only purchase one thing – Heart of Thorns – to get access to all of our new and future content.”