ArenaNet Offers Up Free Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Preview Weekend

By Jeff Francis
Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire preview weekend announced

Guild Wars 2 took everybody by surprise a couple of weeks ago when they announced their upcoming Path of Fire expansion. It took three years for the fantasy mmorpg to get its first expansion, Heart of Thorns, but now players can enjoy the second expansion after just two years. Even more intriguing is that the wait time between the announcement and launch for the expansion is only two months. There are some great new features to be found in the update, and players can get a sneak peek as ArenaNet is offering a free Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire preview weekend from August 11th through the 13th.

During the Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire preview weekend, players can play through some of the opening story of the expansion. The new Crystal Oasis map can be explored as the player rides majestically on top of the raptor mount. Sounds pretty cool, if you ask me. Even better is that the GW2 Path of Fire preview weekend is open to everybody. Even if you don't have an account, you can create a free one here and jump into the demo immediately.

The Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire preview weekend should whet the appetites of mmo players for the expansion's new features, which include:

A Divine Insurrection - Humanity has worshipped the six gods for centuries, even as their prayers went unanswered. Now the god of fire and war, Balthazar, has made an unexpected return, only to reveal himself as a ruthless manipulator with little regard for mortal life.

The Forgotten Land - Balthazar threatens the Crystal Desert and adjoining kingdom of Elona with his Forged legions. Explore vast new maps filled with magic-drenched desert plains, ancient temples and ruins, and beautiful oases. Uncover the secrets of Tyria's history, and discover the fate of the Elonian people after years of silence.

Mounts: A New Way to Explore - Mounts are far more than a speed boost—they're a whole new way to explore the world of Tyria. Unlock and train your new companions using the max-level Mastery character progression system, and explore freely by leaping across canyons, bounding up high cliffs, and skimming over quicksand.

Elite Specializations - Continue to evolve and customize your level-80 character with a new elite specialization for each profession. With a new variety of playstyles, weapon choices, and traits to choose from, there are more options than ever to play your way.

Players who pre-purchase the Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire expansion will also receive a Sunspear Weapon Skin of their choice, a Miniature Balthazar, and the title of Elonian Envoy.

Will you be diving into the GW2 Path of Fire preview weekend to check out the new stuff? Let us know in the comments below.


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