Friday 8 April 2005/... ArenaNetTM, creators of the highly-anticipated online role-playing game, Guild Wars®, and NCsoft® Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online computer games, today confirmed that the beta process has entered its final stage as dates are confirmed for the very last Beta Weekend Event.
Friday 15th April marks the beginning of three action-packed days, when preorder customers from across the globe will battle it out against the Charr and each other.
Dirk Metzger, marketing director at NCsoft Europe, says: "Demand for Guild Wars has been huge across Europe. We've seen it top the preorder charts in the UK, France , Germany and Scandinavia and this last Beta Weekend Event offers eager gamers a real opportunity to experience the Guild Wars beta for the last time before release on 28th April."
European players wishing to take part in this final Beta Weekend Event can preorder the game this week from the following online retailers:
France - www.alapage.com
Scandinavia - www.webhallen.com
Spain - www.centromail.es
More than 500,000 players have participated in public preview events in the US and Europe. In Korea, Guild Wars was named the number one most anticipated game of 2005 by The Electronic Times.
Guild Wars is an online role-playing game that rewards player skill. Players explore a rich fantasy game world, acquire skills, build personalised characters and compete in head-to-head guild battles with friends around the world. It is the first title from ArenaNet, which was founded by some of the key members of the creative teams behind the hit games Warcraft®, StarCraft® and Diablo®.
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-specific versions of the game and nothing to keep players from exploring the game world with friends from other countries.
More information about Guild Wars and the upcoming Beta Weekend Event can be found at www.guildwars.com.
-e n d s-
ArenaNetTM, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NCsoft and was founded by some of the 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® is scheduled for 28th April 2005. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://www.plaync.com.
NCsoft, the interlocking NC logo, 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. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.