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Path of Fire, Second Expansion to ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2, Now Available

ArenaNet Reveals Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ The Second Expansion to Guild Wars® 2

With the fate of Tyria at stake, players will return to the Crystal Desert to confront Balthazar and his Forged legions.

Bellevue, WA – Sept. 22, 2017 - ArenaNet™, publisher and developer of the acclaimed Guild Wars franchise, today announced that Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, the second expansion to Guild Wars 2, is now live. The highly-anticipated expansion is available at digital and retail stores across North America and Europe. Path of Fire comes to PC just two months after the conclusion of Living World Season 3 and just in time for the Guild Wars 2’s 5th anniversary.

To mark this milestone, ArenaNet also released an infographic today highlighting the impressive milestones that Guild Wars 2 has achieved over the past five years. Since its launch in 2012, the game has welcomed over 11 million players globally who have created over 53 millioncharacters, while earning a staggering 78 trillion total experience points over more than 61 free content releases and one expansion.

For veterans and newcomers alike,Path of Fire delivers a vast new region that takes players across magic-drenched desert plains, ancient temples and ruins, and beautiful oases. Tyria’s very existence is in danger, as Balthazar, the god of war and fire, and his Forged legions descend upon the Crystal Desert and adjoining kingdom of Elona in their relentless hunt for Elder Dragons. To preserve the balance of magic and protect Tyria, players must hunt down and halt the rogue god and his army on their path of terror and destruction.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing players back to the Elonian desert region, the setting for the Guild Wars: Nightfall campaign, after 250 years and dispatch them on their most daring adventure yet,” said Mike O’Brien, co-founder and president of ArenaNet. “We have packed Path of Fire full of exciting features and immersive content that gives players alternative ways to experience Guild Wars 2, including new mounts and elite specializations for each of the classes.”

Building upon the mastery system that originally debuted in Heart of Thorns, ArenaNet introduces mounts to Guild Wars 2 for the first time in Path of Fire. More than just convenient modes of transportation, mounts are true companions and allies that allow players to solve puzzles, approach battles and more fully explore Tyria in unique ways.

 

There are four types of mounts that players can unlock and train using the max-level Mastery character progression system, including:

With nine new elite specializations, one for each of the professions, players can continue to customize their level-80 characters with unique playstyles, weapon choices, and traits. The elite specializations are Weaver (Elementalist), Holosmith (Engineer), Firebrand (Guardian), Mirage (Mesmer), Scourge (Necromancer), Soulbeast (Ranger), Renegade (Revenant), Deadeye (Thief) and Spellbreaker (Warrior).

Everyone who purchases Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire will receive a Max-Level Boost to instantly raise one character’s level to 80 and provide gear and gold to help them begin their journey. Head to the Crystal Desert today to experience this content-rich expansion!

More information and press assets for Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, please visit:

Packed with content, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire brings players back to the Crystal Desert where they will be brought face-to-face with Balthazar, the god of fire and war. The expansion also introduces mounts and elite specialisations, allowing fans to play and explore in new ways like never before.

Check out the trailer below. You can also view the launch trailer on YouTube.

Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire is set to go live at approximately 17:00 BST (18:00 CEST) on Friday 22 September. 

Mount-up and return to iconic Crystal Desert and Elona on September 22

Pre-purchase from today for bonus items

Bellevue, WA – August 1, 2017: ArenaNet™, publisher and developer of the acclaimed Guild Wars franchise, today announced Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™, the second expansion to Guild Wars 2, which will launch September 22, 2017.

Watch the new teaser trailer here:  youtube.com/watch?v=KBVpfsCOick

Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire will see players return to the iconic Crystal Desert from the original Guild Wars, and to the northern reaches of Elona, the land of Guild Wars: Nightfall, 250 years on. For veterans of the series or those venturing into the world of Guild Wars 2for the first time, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire delivers a vast new region of magic-drenched desert plains, ancient temples and ruins, and beautiful oases.

Balthazar, the human god of war and fire, threatens the Crystal Desert and adjoining kingdom of Elona with his Forged legions. Players saw through the course of Living World Season 3 that Balthazar is determined to hunt Elder Dragons - and now he and his armies have invaded the desert to do just that. Now, Tyria’s fate hangs by a thread as players race to the desert to hunt down the rogue god before he can do any more damage to the delicate balance of magic.

“This new expansion is all about content,” said Mike O’Brien, ArenaNet president and co-founder. “An epic story, five immense new open-world zones, mounts that allow you to move through Tyria in all-new ways, and nine new elite specializations.”

Mounts

Mounts arrive in Guild Wars 2! Far more than a simple speed boost, mounts are a whole new way to explore the world of Tyria. Players will unlock and train new companions using the max-level Mastery character progression system, and explore Tyria freely.

●Powerful new way to explore the world.

●New ways to solve puzzles, approach problems, and move through Tyria.

●Changes the way players view the world – new ideas for interaction and discovery!

Elite Specializations

Players continue to evolve and customize their level-80 characters with new elite specializations for each profession. A variety of new playstyles, weapon choices, and traits to choose from result in more options than ever to play.

Free Preview Weekend

An open-world preview weekend will run August 11-13, available to anyone with a Guild Wars 2account in good standing. Players will be able to experience part of the opening story of Path of Fire, and explore the Crystal Oasis map astride the raptor mount.

Pre-Purchase Available Now

Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire is available for pre-purchase as a standalone expansion (starting at $29.99 / €29.99 / £25.99) or as part of a bundle with Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns (starting at $49.99 / €49.99 / £42.99) at buy.guildwars2.com.

Pre-Purchase Bonuses

●The Spearmarshal’s Gift - A special gift from an anonymous friend in Elona. Players will use this to choose one weapon skin from the Sunspear Weapon Set.

●“Elonian Envoy” title - Whether a new arrival to Elona or coming home, build bridges by displaying this symbol of respect and friendship.

●Miniature Balthazar - This exclusive miniature replica of the god of War and Fire is on the warpath.

Max-Level Boost - Everyone who purchases Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire will receive a Max-Level Boost to instantly raise one character’s level to 80 and provide gear and gold to help them begin their journey.

For more information on Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, please visit:

Site: guildwars2.com/path-of-fire

Facebook: facebook.com/GuildWars2

Twitter: twitter.com/guildwars2

YouTube: youtube.com/guildwars2

About Guild Wars® 2

Guild Wars 2 is a visually stunning online game that offers players the epic grandeur of a massive role playing environment combined with action combat, large-scale dynamic events that players tackle together, plus both team-based and World vs. World competitive battles. The game is updated frequently with Living World episodes that tell the ongoing story of the world and introduce new places to play in. Yet with all these updates, the game continues the no-subscription-fee business model that made the original Guild Wars so popular. For more details, please visit guildwars2.com.

 

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