Guild Wars 2 pre-purchased by "hundreds of thousands"

As ArenaNet ramps up its beta program, the developer is seeing "huge demand" for the game

Guild Wars 2 has already been purchased by "hundreds of thousands of players", according to developer ArenaNet. ArenaNet president Mike O'Brien (pictured) said that the game has already seen "huge demand" as the company runs its ongoing Beta Weekend program, with the first event having taken place last weekend.

"The other week we hosted our first Beta Weekend Event, when hundreds of thousands of players who pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 got their first chance to play the game," wrote O'Brien in a post on the official ArenaNet blog.

"I think it's safe to say that the response was overwhelming in more ways than one. Firstly, the number of people who pre-purchased the game far exceeded our expectations, and we had to temporarily disable pre-purchases. In the end that wasn't enough, and even with 48 worlds we didn't have enough server capacity to meet the huge demand."

ArenaNet has a Stress Test planned for the game on Monday, May 14, from 11 AM to 6 PM PDT. The next Beta Weekend Event has not been announced yet.

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Waqar Ali Studying Games Design and Production Management, University of Abertay Dundee5 years ago
As someone who was part of that beta weekend the other weak, I can attest that this really is the most innovative MMO I've played, completely scraps the usual formula for MMOs and the small part of the game I experienced was filled with amazing design innovations, really shows that ArenaNet are taking some bold moves and they seem to be paying off rather well, at least for now.
Can't wait for launch.
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Hopefully I'll be able to afford it when it launches. I have yet to play an MMO and I really should for research purposes. Of all of the ones I've looked into, this one seems the most appealing.
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I lost all interest after realising GW2 has no Guild versus Guild and no Hero Ascend pvp modes. The 2 pvp modes were just too casual for me. I cancel my pre order.

At the end GW2 is just another grinding MMO, a really good one, but I rarely play MMOs! I played GW1 for 6 years, so this was a big big disappointment for me.

Anyway, I'm sure GW2 will do great, so good for Anet.
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