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Summary: Raids are coming to Guild Wars 2, instanced content for 10 people. Guild Wars 2 is now free to play with minor restrictions. F2P does not bring changes to the gem store or current release model. New Living Story/releases directly after the launch of GW2:HoT.
20:04 - Event over.
20:02 - A new heart of thorns website is going live today.
20:01 - All existing players get the royal guard outfit for free
19:58 - Free accounts cannot use map chat, and can only whisper once every 30 seconds.
19:58 - Free accounts cannot use the trading post besides BASIC items, and cannot do WvW until level 60.
19:58 - Free accounts have fewer character, bag, and bank slots until they buy.
19:57 - The new accounts that are free will have restrictions.
19:55 - There will be no more monetization as opposed to today.
19:52 - Guild Wars 2 is now free, starting today
19:49 - Pink Day in LA will return with official support on 21 October 2015.
19:48 - Mike "Mo" O'Brian takes the stage.
19:47 - Live Release model will continue DIRECTLY after launch. Raids will be added and become a centerpiece
19:46 - First raid will be activated about two weeks after launch.
19:43 - Colin hints at raids having Legendary rewards... hints heavily at legendary armor and weapons.
19:42 - GW2 raiding has no attunement process. "Walk to the door, and start instantly."
19:40 - A raid in GW2 is made up of the event system, so it will not only be linear raids.
19:40 - Raids are instanced, meant for 10 players
19:39 - Raids are meant to be more difficult than dungeons, fractals, and open world content, but without headaches such as new gear treadmills, etc.
19:37 - Trailer for raids shows battles focused on single bosses and coordination puzzles.
19:35 - Raids are coming to GW2
19:34 - Reiteration of non-unique items with the expansion, such as Fractals overhauls, Live content, PvP updates, etc. All focused on the level 80 experience.
19:33 - Arenanet aims to not have any more levels or gear tiers in GW2.
19:32 - GW2 has sold 5 million copies in the non-China market.
19:31 - Release date really is 23 October 2015.
19:31 - Colin Johansson, Game Director, comes up on stage.
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