Guild Wars Pre-Order Box Ships Today

Guild Wars Pre-Order Box Ships Today

World Preview Event Kicks Off October 29



September 13, 2004—ArenaNet
creators of the highly anticipated online role-playing game

Guild Wars
and NCsoft
the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games, today
announced that the Guild Wars pre-order box has been shipped to retail
and online outlets nationwide.


Guild Wars, a competitive online role-playing game that rewards player
skill, is the first title from ArenaNet, which was founded by key members of
the creative teams behind the hit games Warcraft
and Diablo®, and the creators of
In large head-to-head guild battles, cooperative group combat and
single-player missions, players explore a fantasy world and test their

skills against chosen rivals. Players must
carefully select from among hundreds of skills to craft their personalized
characters and prepare them for battle. Missions are not scripted adventures,
but are open battlegrounds in which victory is determined by skill and
teamwork. While Guild Wars offers a vast online world and the ability
to play with thousands of players worldwide, players will not be required to
pay a subscription fee.


The pre-order version of Guild Wars features the following:

  • Access to all Guild Wars events including the October
    World Preview Event and all Beta Weekend Events

  • One guest pass that allows a friend to join a Beta Weekend

  • One exclusive in-game item from among a variety of weapons,
    shields or magical items

  • A Prima Tournament Survival Guide offering character and
    team strategies

  • A Guild Wars poster

  • Pre-registration for character names and player accounts

  • Exclusive music tracks from award-winning composer Jeremy

  • Concept artwork, screen shots, wallpapers and links to the
    Guild Wars fan community

During the World Preview Event October 29–31, players from around the world
will be invited to play Guild Wars.
This free event will allow gamers to explore two new game regions and to
engage in combat on new competitive battlefields. In addition, they will
experience the Guild Wars character progression system, engage in
exciting cooperative quests furthering the Guild Wars story, and view
the first public presentation of guild features.
To participate in the
event, players should visit
or a Guild Wars fansite and download the free,
90K game client. The World Preview Event officially kicks off the game’s beta


Purchasing the pre-order box for Guild Wars guarantees participation in
each exclusive Beta Weekend Event, scheduled for the first weekend of each
month. The Beta Weekend Events will be open only to players who purchase the
pre-order box or obtain exclusive access to single events through ArenaNet’s
programs with leading game magazines or retailers. Each Weekend Beta Event
will feature new content and offer exciting new challenges in the Guild


“The World Preview Event and monthly Beta Weekend Events will give players
unprecedented access to Guild Wars,” Jeff Strain, Guild Wars
producer and ArenaNet co-founder said. “After four years of development we are
ready to start the crucial beta period and invite players from around the
globe to experience Guild Wars.”


More information about Guild Wars, the October World Preview Event and
Beta Weekend Events can be found at
.  ArenaNet and NCsoft plan to release Guild Wars
at the conclusion of the beta period, which they anticipate will be in early


About ArenaNet

ArenaNet, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly owned subsidiary of
NCsoft and was founded by key members of the creative teams that developed the
hit game series StarCraft,



as well as ArenaNet is building a state-of-the-art, interactive game
network and developing premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game
players. More information about ArenaNet can be found at

About NCsoft Corporation

Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, NCsoft is
a leading developer and publisher of innovative and successful online games with
subsidiaries and JV’s in US, Asia and Europe. Founded in 1997 to provide a
leading-edge online gaming experience, NCsoft is constantly striving to push the
envelope of the online game experience with innovations in technology, graphics
and game play. NCsoft’s fast-growing portfolio of successful titles includes the
currently released Lineage, Lineage 2 and City of Heroes and the
soon-to-be-released Guild Wars. More information about NCsoft can be
found at


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Guild Wars, ArenaNet, Lineage, and all associated NCsoft logos and
designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation. City
of Heroes
is a trademark of Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NCsoft Corporation.

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