Oculus VR and Facebook deal approved by government money men

Star Trek Online Season 9 gets a dose of Vulcan logic

Star Wars: The Old Republic's Galactic Stronghold expansion delayed until August

Guild Wars 2 Shadow of the Mad King Halloween event goes live today, launches paid PvP tournaments

Or should that be ‘goes unliving’? It’s hard to know. Mad King Thorn seemed very much alive when he last visited Tyria for the Halloween festivities, but that was 250 in-game years ago - rendering him very much dead, by conventional standards. Something tells me, though, that he’ll be putting in an appearance regardless at some point in the next week.

Shadow of the Mad King will be a week-long event “in four acts”, made up of new dynamic events, mini-games and decorations. Most importantly, though, it sees the launch of ArenaNet’s paid-for PvP tournaments; a key step in ArenaNet’s slow-burn plan to make Guild Wars 2 an eSport.

Much like the free automated tournaments already available in-game, these are five-on-five affairs. Unlike the free tournaments, you’ll need to pay your way by buying tickets at the gem store. First and second placed teams emerge with glory, rank points and gems. ArenaNet expect that the very best players will make a profit this way through PvP.

There’s plenty of event-specific silliness going on too, of course. Festive tat is to fill up the shelves of the Black Lion Trading Company, the store accessible anywhere in GW2 via the default hotkey, ‘O’. Included will be costumes and transforms which can be used to play Costume Brawl, a PvP combat mini-game and long time Guild Wars tradition.

Also turning up in a plastic mask and a cape are new mini-dungeons, bosses, achievements and, delightfully enough, jumping puzzles.

In Guild Wars lore, Halloween is the time when boundaries between the realms are at their weakest. It’s tourists from the netherworld, then, who are going to be making the week October 22nd to 31st so eventful.

Login or Register

Guild Wars

Guild Wars 2's April Feature Pack will improve the quality of life in Tyria

Guild Wars’ ninth anniversary starts three weeks early because of typo

The great Guild Wars 2 gear merger - or the way PvP works now

Better together: ArenaNet spills the beans on how Guild Wars 2's megaservers will affect other features

Guild Wars 2 megaservers will fill underpopulated maps with players from April 15

Fancy dress: Guild Wars 2's Wardrobe System detailed

Guild Wars

Guild Wars 2 to get 40 new traits via first-ever features-only update on April 15

Guild Wars 2's Scarlet is dead, but her legacy remains in Aftermath

Closed beta, open for business: Guild Wars 2 comes to China on March 11

While Lion's Arch burns, ArenaNet fiddles around with an interactive Guild Wars 2 atlas

Lion's Arch burns in Guild Wars 2 today

Fiscal fumble: Guild Wars 2 isn’t farming as much gold as before for NCSoft

Guild Wars

What Guild Wars 2's Edge of the Mists update brings to World versus World

Guild Wars 2's first city comes apart at the seams in February 18's Escape from Lion's Arch

Chase Scarlet to the Edge of the Mists in the next Guild Wars 2 update

Origins of Madness update will "rock Guild Wars 2 to the core"

Guild Wars 2 supervillain Scarlet Briar's year-branching storyline begins finale January 21

Guild Wars 2 starts laying out the presents for Wintersday

Guild Wars

Origins of Madness: Talking giant wurms and evil puppets with Guild Wars 2's Mike Zadorojny

Guild Wars 2 Wintersday event brings cold front to Tyria on December 10

Guild Wars 2 launches Great MMO Migration contest. Free copy to those willing to pledge allegiance

Guild Wars 2 video teases Fractals of the Mists. A new update to the endless dungeon

Guild Wars 2 PvP team tournaments begin on 23 November

Guild Wars 2's Tower of Nightmares will arrive just in time for Halloween