Hello everyone - this is very weird, but we've reached out to CIG for comment and will update as soon as we know what's going on.
Hey, just to clarify - the giveaway closes in a week, but we're doling out codes from today as entries come in.
So....you will continue to give out "early access" keys after the early access is over (i.e. open beta begins)?
Perhaps a title change and clarification is in order.
(Assuming, of course, that you give all the keys out prior to OBT on the 16th.)
Yes, this needs to be adjusted. To advertise an early access giveaway and say the contest ends in a week (7 days) --- when the actual open access phase of the game ends in three days --- is false and misleading.
Well, as soon as their website is legible (as in, fully translated), I'll look into it further.
The "box" has a place for you to input your email address and click "enter". Above the email block is also the "Like Us" Facebook button.
Although, there is a *huge* blank 'box' under all that.
So you don't *actually* have the codes, and this was all just PR nonsense?
We have codes.
Their marketing team is either full of fools or full of clever foxes.
If a veteran player PRE-purchases, they get their 'thank you' free character slot.
If they do not pre-purchase, they get nothing but the bundled, content-light expansion and main game (that they already own).
Either way, Anet makes their money while, on the surface, looking like they've listened to the customer.
The un-necessary and unimaginative use of foul language does not do the article justice - nor does it allow easy sharing in a family-friendly forums.
Decent review, otherwise.