A Letter From The President

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Originally published at A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT.

Written by Mike O'Brien on August 29, 2015.

Happy anniversary! It was three years ago this weekend that we launched Guild Wars 2 and set out on this journey with you. We built Guild Wars 2 to challenge the conventions of traditional MMOs, to tear down barriers to fun, and to create the first truly social online world, a world where you're always happy to see another player.

This weekend at PAX, we made some big announcements charting the future course of the game and starting the countdown to the launch of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™.

  • Raids are coming! They'll be a big part of our live content strategy for Heart of Thorns. This is the challenging group content that our skilled players have been waiting for—deadly encounters and epic bosses that will test your team's skill and coordination and give you a chance to earn legendary rewards. Read more about raids here.
  • Today we're making the core Guild Wars 2 game free for everyone. With Heart of Thorns coming, it was already a great time to invite friends and guild members into the game, and now it's an even better one. We want to make it easy for new players to try the game because we believe that players who love Guild Wars 2 will buy Heart of Thorns. Read all the details here.
  • We're starting the final countdown to launch, and we've finally answered the one question we get asked more than any other: when is Heart of Thorns coming? We're happy to say that it's less than two months away. Heart of Thorns will launch Friday, October 23!

Whether you're a veteran or a new player, there's no better time than now to level up your characters and get ready to enter the jungle. And now you know the date when it all becomes real.

53 days and counting...

Mike O'Brien