Guild Wars 2 Final Beta Weekend Adds Two More Races

As you may recall, Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet’s highly anticipated MMO, is set to be released in North America and Europe on August 29. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait that long to give it a try.

The developers are planning one last Guild Wars 2 beta weekend before the game’s August launch date, which will take place between July 20 and July 22. If you don’t already have beta access, you can secure your spot in the beta now by placing a pre-order.

To make the last beta weekend even more special, ArenaNet says that it will be unlocking the Asura and Sylvari races, meaning you’ll have access to all five of the game’s races and their respective starting zones. In case you’ve forgotten (or didn’t know to begin with), the other three races are Human, Norn, and Charr.

Here’s the lowdown on the starting areas for the Asura and Sylvari, straight from the developer’s mouth/handsx:

“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.

Will you be picking up Guild Wars 2 when it launches this August?