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It says in the FAQ:

So can I beta test instead?

You bet. Just like the Original Guild Wars games there are going to be public beta tests. ArenaNet have announced these will start in the second half of 2008. Biscuits User Biscuits sig.png 07:40, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

It's doubtful, and I don't think it was a solid announcement either. Either way, there's no point having a separate article for it at the moment. --User Pling sig.png Pling \ talk 11:11, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
There is definitely no solid information on the beta test. The stuff quoted by Biscuits has been said in the press (way back in April/May of last year) which makes it as true as anything else we've got at the moment. :) A page on the beta test has been recreated several times under several different names - perhaps it is something which people are interested in when they visit here so we should provide it? --Aspectacle 22:35, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
A redirect to Guild Wars 2 would suffice for the time being, in my opinion. --User Pling sig.png Pling \ talk 22:54, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
FYI, the beta has been moved forward to an unspecified date now:
"With that in mind, we will not start beta testing in 2008 as we had originally planned." -- Jugalator 18:59, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Stress test[edit]

There was one on april 13th, and it was more than just a rumor. [1] [2]--Lania User Lania Elderfire pinkribbon.jpg14:25, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

Norn Glory[edit]

was this just a thing to make people want to play the event, like a back story of it or something... or Is Reputation coming back? I know that the "no-grind-is-necessary-if-you-don't-want-to" thing is in, and that was kinda the thing, race rep in Gw1 wasn't forced if you wanted to be good, it only made some skills (like the title skills) a bit stronger, it didn't give your character have any advantage in pvp. it was like a sec attribute system... so.. speculation or proof (with link). Norn Glory? will there be Asura Reputation too? will this make you able to buy, upgrade, sell, do things (like a mini dungeon) you normally couldn't without the reputation level? or is it only a fancy grindy title for hardcore gamers who wants reason to keep play? I count on some elite armor-skin, maybe some elite wep skins to (but doubt it) together with a title to keep track on which rep-level you're in. ZoraDiem 20:42, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

It was just a bit of fun, probably put in so servers could brag about who got the most kills. Not linked to any title. --Eerie Moss 20:51, 25 May 2012 (UTC)
We're still not a forum, so please keep speculative questions and content off discussion pages. - Infinite - talk 20:59, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

is Pre-Purchase not Pre-Order[edit]

Pre-Order Registration

You entered a Pre-Order serial code. We are currently only accepting registration of Pre-Purchase serial codes.

If you intended to pre-purchase the game, please contact your retailer. For more information about the difference between Pre-Order and Pre-Purchase, visit:

beta is only for Pre-Purchase --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

and is Digital Pre-Purchase not physical Pre-Purchase[edit]

physical Pre-Purchase can't play the Beta

"Digital Pre-Purchase" is the only Pre-Purchase that can play the Beta --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Not so. Physical pre-purchase (white box) gives you a code which gives you beta access and 3 day headstart. Physical pre-ORDER (black box) gives you 1-day headstart and no beta access. --Eerie Moss 17:28, 3 June 2012 (UTC)
it is before june 1 no matter Pre-Purchase physical or pre-ORDER physical will only get the 1-day headstart and no beta access or anything, thx to me i talk to the retailer and anet so now they just fix it --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

PSA for BWE2[edit]

BWE2 seems to now be up and running. Redshift 17:39, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Beta vs. Live[edit]

Is it true that all characters, accounts, items, etc will be erased with a clean slate when the game goes Live? 15:22, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

Your characters and items you created/got in the beta will be erased, and will not be transfered to the actual release. I'm not sure about your contactlist, that might be transfered. -- Cyan User Cyan Light sig.jpg 15:27, 27 July 2012 (UTC)
The only things retained are your contact list and the gems you purchased in BWE3. Gnarf 15:29, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

Where's the feedback page for stress tests?[edit]

I feel the need to yell at them for using facebook as a notification system, when they have perfectly functional official blog and news sites. Which are linked from the main GW2 website. If they actually wanbt to test their system while it's under stress, they should be trying to tell as many people as possible, and the GW2 website will get more attention than some little note on another companies website. Grrr..... </ rant> Illiander 07:42, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

And the people who wanna get into these stress test will be lookong on everypage not just the guildwars2 homepage. I've got the force on my side, no joke, guys nick name is the force and he is always checking gw2 hompage, twitter, facebook, and so many others on GW2 info. <---Neji was here---<<< 13:16, 10 August 2012 (UTC)
Would you find it useful if the wiki added a sitenotice (like the current one about a wiki bug) when stress tests are imminent? pling User Pling sig.png 15:04, 10 August 2012 (UTC)
Absolutely. — Gnarf ~ El Psy Congroo ~ 15:21, 10 August 2012 (UTC)
That actually sounds like a great idea, pling. Initia Nova 16:00, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

Stress test[edit]

I opened my beta launcher and it downloaded something. So I assume there will be another stress test these days. Or is that a false assumption? If the beta launcher won't be needed anymore, it wouldn't need to download data, am I right? — Gnarf ~ El Psy Congroo ~ 19:48, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

The client is the same for both beta and launch so it will continue to be updated regardless of further testing. --Valshia 19:53, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
Wut? The client's the same? Okay, didn't know that. Sorry for false alert. — Gnarf ~ El Psy Congroo ~ 20:39, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STRESS TEST!!!!!! i think from now on i will play guild wars at odd hours for only 4 hours when it launches because i'm so used to this! 09:16, 21 August 2012 (UTC)
Aww, I missed the 22nd Stress Test ): -- Thon GhulUser Thon Ghul Signature1.png 15:38, 23 August 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, not very clever to announce a stress test a few hours before it begins. — Gnarf ~ El Psy Congroo ~ 15:55, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

Wrong time zone[edit]

You pick wrong time zone for some countries for continental Europe - during summer it's not UTC+2 but UTC+1, thus, beta starts at 20:00h not 21:00 :/-- 18:34, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

The timezone that you're seeing on the page under Beta#1.4.2 BWE2 — September 4-6, 2015 is calculated on the reader's end. You many want to check your browser settings. The 19:00 UTC should be correct. G R E E N E R 19:45, 4 September 2015 (UTC)