Guild Wars 2 Launch Date, Plus Contents of the Collector’s Edition

Guild Wars 2 launches August 28th! In development since 2006, (but only announced to the public in 2007) the game’s release will end the interminable six-year wait between the first and second installments of the game. (Ok, it wasn’t that bad, we had good old WoW, and relatively recently, SWTOR, Diablo III and The Secret World to keep us company.)

With the imminent release of GW2, it’s time to look back to the early days of GW2’s development, when the GW2 team released a now-classic video: an MMO manifesto where devs talk about their aspirations for creating the ideal MMO. Refresh your memory and view the clip below:

Has Team GW2 achieved their lofty goals? By the looks of the beta, we’ll say yes. More details on game features and what’s in the beta coming real soon. In the meantime, here’s what’s in the Collector’s Edition of GW2. The game has been available for pre-purchase since April this year, and die-hard GW fans are advised to pre-purchase to reserve a copy of the limited quantity Collector’s Edition.

Digital items:

·         Golem Banker

The Golem Banker provides unlimited access to your account storage from anywhere in-game for five consecutive days. The five-day period begins when you first use the Golem Banker. During the five-day period, you can use the Golem Banker’s service as many times as you’d like.

·         Chalice of Glory

The Chalice of Glory is a one-time-use item that will add a set amount of Glory to your account. Once used, the chalice will be destroyed and the bonus will be reflected on your account.

·         Tome of Influence

The Tome of Influence is a one-time-use item that will add a set amount of Influence to the guild you’re representing. Once used, the tome will be destroyed and the bonus will be reflected on the guild you are representing at the time of use.

·         Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite Skill

When used, the elite skill will summon a Mistfire Wolf to temporarily fight alongside you and your allies.

Physical items:

  • 10-inch figurine of Rytlock
  • 112-page Making of Guild Wars 2 book
  • Best of Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack CD
  • Art portfolio and Five Art Prints
  • Custom Art Frame