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Guild Wars Unleashes PvP Extreme Weekend

Player Combat Rewards To Be Increased For Three-Day Weekend Event

Wednesday 24 August 2005/... NCsoftTM Europe has today announced "PvP Extreme Weekend," a three-day event designed to reward the extensive Guild WarsTM Player Vs Player community with a dramatic "Faction" boost. Faction is the in-game currency that players use to unlock items, skills and weapon upgrades for their PvP characters.

This Faction boost will allow players to change their PvP characters' configurations with ease, as they explore the re-balanced skill sets that developer ArenaNetTM rolls out this Friday. The PvP Extreme Weekend will start on Friday 26th August (8am BST) and run until the morning of Monday 29th August (8am BST).

This exciting weekend is open to anyone with a Guild Wars account and to take part all anyone needs do is jump into the Tournament, a high-level arena, or a guild battle. Faction awarded will be automatically increased by a factor of five for the Tournament and Arena, and by a factor of two-and-a-half for guild battles.

"Since the introduction of Faction players have been able to progress in the game in any manner they like, be it solely in the PvP arenas or collecting Elite Skills in explorable areas," says Gaile Gray, Community Relations Manager at ArenaNet. "With this week's large-scale skill update this is the perfect opportunity for Guild Wars players to fine-tune their characters or unlock some of the rarer runes and weapon upgrades."

ArenaNet has created a unique, global game world that invites players from around the world to play together seamlessly. There are no sharded servers, no language barriers as all languages are supported simultaneously in-game, and nothing to keep players from exploring the game world with friends from other countries.

More information about Guild Wars can be found at: www.guildwars.com

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About ArenaNet

ArenaNetTM, 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, Warcraft, and Diablo as well as Battle.net. ArenaNet has built a state-of-the-art, interactive game network and is developing premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game players. More information about ArenaNet can be found at www.arena.net.

About NCsoft Europe

NCsoft Europe (NC-E) is headquartered in Brighton, England and is part of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online games. NCsoft has already successfully established itself in North America, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand. NC-E began operations on 1st September 2004 and serves as a central hub for all NCsoft sales, marketing and distribution operations in Europe, via its European distribution network. NC-E launched Lineage® II in November 2004, City of HeroesTM on 4th February 2005 and Guild Wars® on 28th April 2005. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://www.plaync.com.

NCsoft, the interlocking NC logo, Guild Wars, ArenaNet and all associated NCsoft logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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