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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns gets a launch date and trailer


Heart of Thorns, the long awaited expansion to the now free-to-play MMO Guild Wars 2, will be available to buy on October 23. 

The expansion brings with it a bunch of end game content, introducing 10 player PvE raids to the game for the first time. “Leading up to this expansion, one of the things players have been asking us for is more things for their level 80 characters to do and for challenging content,” said ArenaNet president and co-founder Mike O’Brien, when we spoke to him about the game going free-to-play.

“They wanted something that required them to band together with their friends that was really challenging to overcome and defeat. We felt like raids was the perfect answer for that.”

The launch trailer shows off some of the things you might be going up against in a new CGI launch trailer. It looks like you’ll be fighting tree men, tree dragons and massive, erm, tree tree… things. Have a watch:

You can buy Heart of Thorns on the site, with the base game and the expansion costing £34.99. The Deluxe version costs £59.99 and gives you access to the expansion, a miniature Revanant Rytlock, Revenant Finisher, an additional character slot, Mordremoth’s Bane Guild Hall Decoration, and the Heart of Thorns Glider Skin. The £79.99 Ultimate edition gives you all that and 4,000 gems, which have an in-game value of £42.50.