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Final Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend makes playable Asura and Sylvari races

The upcoming Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend Event, the final before the game's official release, will allow users to play as the asura and sylvari races for the first time.

According to an update by ArenaNet, players will finally be able to create characters from any of hte five main races in Guild Wars 2 - human, norn, charr, asura, and sylvari. Each race in Guild Wars 2 has distinct, "radically different" home regions, signature city, and personal storyline options

For asura players, this means beginning your tale in Metrica Province, a vivid, exotic jungle area full of high-tech laboratories, quirky golems, and competing krewes of mad scientists. Nearby, the massive monoliths of the asuran capital Rata Sum hum with technomagical power. These diminutive geniuses may seem cute at first glance, but never underestimate an asura…

Sylvari players begin their story in the Grove, a luminous living city nestled in the shade of the Pale Tree, the “mother” of every member of this young race of plant humanoids. The sylvari are an enigmatic race of chivalrous explorers who are driven by an insatiable curiosity and guided by a collective Dream.

The final Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend Event is set to take place from July 20-22. If you want to reserve a spot int he beta, you can pre-purchase your copy of Guild Wars 2.

Guild Wars 2 is set to launch on Tuesday, August 28. From the time after this Beta Weekend and launch week, ArenaNet will spend optimizing, polishing, and balancing the game to ensure the best launch-day experience possible.

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