The Guild Wars 2 pre-purchase program was launched by NCsoft on Tuesday, with gamers who pre-purchase receiving guaranteed entry into beta weekend events and a three-day headstart prior to launch.
As a bonus, players who pre-purchase any edition will also receive an exclusive Hero’s Band, providing their Guild Wars 2 characters with a broad range of power boosts.
The three versions of Guild Wars 2 available for pre-purchase are the Standard/Digital Edition, the Digital Deluxe Edition and the Collector’s Edition.
The Guild Wars 2 Collector’s Edition retails at a suggested price of US$149.99, the Digital Deluxe at US$79.99 and the Standard/Digital Edition at US$59.99.
To take advantage of these special pre-purchase promotions and to secure a copy of Guild Wars 2, gamers may visit http://buy.guildwars2.com.
For buyers who live outside of North America and Europe, you might want to take note of the region restrictions, as noted in the game’s FAQ:
Is my copy of Guild Wars 2 tied to my region?
Yes. To play from North America you must purchase a North American copy of the game. To play from Europe you must purchase a European copy of the game. Note that this restriction impacts where you can play from, not which game worlds you can choose to play on.
By purchasing the correct copy of the game, you’re supporting the game in your country, and you’ll be connecting to your local data center, using your local customer support team, and downloading the correct language support for your country.
Here are the contents of the various editions:
The Standard/Digital Edition
- Guild Wars 2 serial code (to activate the game at launch)
- Guaranteed access to Guild Wars 2 beta events
- Three day ‘headstart’ access to Guild Wars 2 at launch
- Exclusive ‘Hero’s Band’ in-game item
The Digital Deluxe Edition
The Digital Deluxe Edition includes the digital features of the Standard/Digital Edition plus five in-game items, including a Mistfire Wolf that will fight alongside players and a miniature Rytlock who will accompany them on their travels through Tyria.
The Collector’s Edition
The Collector’s Edition includes all of the contents found within the Standard Edition and Digital Deluxe editions, plus:
- A 10-inch hand-painted Rytlock Brimstone statue wielding a flaming sword
- 112 page Making of Guild Wars 2 hardback book
- Best of Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack CD
- A custom art frame complete with portfolio and five Guild Wars 2 art prints
- Collectible Metal Box
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