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#1411 Regina Buenaobra

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:37 PM

We will update the FAQ on the official Guild Wars 2 website soon. Here are the questions and answers we will include:

What do I get with a Pre-Purchase of the game?
Customers who pre-purchase the game in full will enjoy guaranteed access to our Beta Weekend Events, three-day Headstart Access to the final game, and the Hero's Band digital item designed to enhance your gameplay experience.

What if I don’t want to pay in full in advance?
In addition to Pre-Purchase, a number of our retail partners are offering a Pre-Order program. Customers who pre-order will receive one-day Headstart Access to the final game.

When do Beta Weekend Events (BWEs) start, and how many will there be?
The first BWE is currently planned for late April, and we expect to have one every month or so. The schedule is subject to change and will be confirmed at a later date. Currently, we do not know how many of these events we will have.

Is Pre-Purchase the only way to get into Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend Events?
Pre-Purchase is the only guaranteed way to get into all Beta Weekend Events. We will also be running promotions for access to individual Beta Weekend Events.

I already signed up for the Guild Wars 2 Beta. Do I need to Pre-Purchase?
If you want to get guaranteed access to all Beta Weekend Events, yes, you must Pre-Purchase. Simply signing up for the Beta does not guarantee access to the Beta Weekend Events.

Which products are available for Pre-Purchase?
Customers will be able to Pre-Purchase the Guild Wars 2 Digital Edition and the Guild Wars 2 Digital Deluxe Edition directly from NCsoft. In addition to the digital products, certain retailers will also be offering physical Pre-Purchase of the Guild Wars 2 Standard Edition and the Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition.

How does physical Pre-Purchase work?
Physical Pre-Purchase for Guild Wars 2 is only available at select retailers. The details of how this will work will differ slightly depending on which edition customers purchase and where they purchase it.

  • Standard Edition (North America) — Customers will buy the Standard Edition Pre-Purchase box and receive a Pre-Purchase serial code. They will then go to https://register.guildwars2.com and follow the on-screen instructions to create a Guild Wars 2 account and apply the serial code, which will give them access to Beta Weekend Events and three-day Headstart access to the final game. When Guild Wars 2 launches, customers will need to return to the retailer with proof of purchase to receive the full Standard Edition box and retail serial code. They will need to apply this retail serial code to their Guild Wars 2 account within five days to continue playing without interruption.

  • Standard Edition (Europe) — Customers will buy the Standard Edition Pre-Purchase box and receive their serial code. This is the only serial code customers will receive and will grant access to the Beta Weekend Events, three-day Headstart Access, the Hero's Band digital item, and full access to the final live game. Customers will not need to return to retail to receive another serial code.

  • Collector's Edition (North America and Europe) — Customers will buy the Collector's Edition Pre-Purchase box and receive a Pre-Purchase serial code. They will then go to https://register.guildwars2.com and follow the on-screen instructions to create a Guild Wars account and apply the serial code, which will give them access to Beta Weekend Events and three-day Headstart Access to the final game. When Guild Wars 2 launches, customers will need to return to their retailer with proof of purchase to receive the full Collector's Edition box with physical items and retail serial code. They will need to apply this retail serial code to their Guild Wars 2 account within five days to continue playing without interruption.

We will continue to monitor common questions and answers from all of our communities, and if appropriate, update the FAQ at a later date.

Edited by Regina Buenaobra, 14 March 2012 - 05:54 PM.
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#1412 Milennin

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:37 PM

Collector's Edition - HELLZ YEAH!!

#1413 TheBandicoot

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:38 PM

They know from your IP. Thats why i suggested the use of a VPN / proxy or knowing someone trustworthy from USA to purchase it for the USA- price. Since its only a download excep for the CE it could work.

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Now I'm confused. $59.99 is not 59.99€. $59.99 is around 45.86€ if you convert the currency. Or are they just giving everything the same numbers without converting?
Yes, they do. Almost every game costing 59.99$ in USA will cost 59.99€ in Germany.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:40 PM

Such awesome news.

Digital deluxe for me as I've long given up on physical media and could care less about statues and books. So cool that the DD version has the same ingame rewards as the CE. Cant wait.

Come Apr 10 Anet gonna be rich!!! :P

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:41 PM

this is great, i was planning on buying the collector's edition for the extra in game items, but it looks like i can save myself $70 now

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:41 PM

Regina Buenaobra said:

We will update the FAQ on the official Guild Wars 2 website soon. Here are the questions and answers we will include:

Thanks for the info!
So I'm guessing the Digital Deluxe is completely Digital, and there won't be a physical version of it plus access code to apply the digital items?

#1417 Kinoro

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:42 PM

Sounds like launch is still a few months away.

#1418 blasius

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:42 PM

@Regina
Will the game be available for pre-purchase on Steam on April 10th?

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:42 PM

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They know from your IP. Thats why i suggested the use of a VPN / proxy or knowing someone trustworthy from USA to purchase it for the USA- price. Since its only a download excep for the CE it could work.


Yes, they do. Almost every game costing 59.99$ in USA will cost 59.99€ in Germany.

Your billing address also has to coincide with the country you're connecting from, at least that's the way it is with the NC-Soft story. I wanted to give my US pal a present of some storage tabs once, but the store declined my CC.

#1420 Dark Saviour

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:43 PM

So there will be no Physical Deluxe edition then? Only the most basic and collector's editions? :-/

And those "5 items" have me curious...

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:43 PM

So, basically when you pre-purchase the digital/deluxe edition from their website, they'll send a serial key to your mail ( guessing ) and you'll be able to play as soon as it's possible to ? But you're not getting anything physical ( boxes and stuff ). Am I right ? Did anyone decipher this yet lol

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:43 PM

Thanks Regina, I think you should clarify the whole $=€thingy because there's really a lot of people who doesn't know about how taxes affect the price for different regions.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:44 PM

Regina Buenaobra said:

We will update the FAQ on the official Guild Wars 2 website soon. Here are the questions and answers we will include:

What do I get with a Pre-Purchase of the game?
Customers who pre-purchase the game in full will enjoy guaranteed access to our Beta Weekend Events, three-day Headstart Access to the final game, and five digital items designed to enhance your gameplay experience.

What if I don’t want to pay in full in advance?
In addition to Pre-Purchase, a number of our retail partners are offering a Pre-Order program. Customers who pre-order will receive one-day Headstart Access to the final game.

When do Beta Weekend Events (BWEs) start, and how many will there be?
The first BWE is currently planned for late April, and we expect to have one every month or so. The schedule is subject to change and will be confirmed at a later date. Currently, we do not know how many of these events we will have.

Is Pre-Purchase the only way to get into Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend Events?
Pre-Purchase is the only guaranteed way to get into all Beta Weekend Events. We will also be running promotions for access to individual Beta Weekend Events.

I already signed up for the Guild Wars 2 Beta. Do I need to Pre-Purchase?
If you want to get guaranteed access to all Beta Weekend Events, yes, you must Pre-Purchase. Simply signing up for the Beta does not guarantee access to the Beta Weekend Events.

Which products are available for Pre-Purchase?
Customers will be able to Pre-Purchase the Guild Wars 2 Digital Edition and the Guild Wars 2 Digital Deluxe Edition directly from NCsoft. In addition to the digital products, certain retailers will also be offering physical Pre-Purchase of the Guild Wars 2 Standard Edition and the Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition.

How does physical Pre-Purchase work?
Physical Pre-Purchase for Guild Wars 2 is only available at select retailers. The details of how this will work will differ slightly depending on which edition customers purchase and where they purchase it.

  • Standard Edition (North America) — Customers will buy the Standard Edition Pre-Purchase box and receive a Pre-Purchase serial code. They will then go to https://register.guildwars2.com and follow the on-screen instructions to create a Guild Wars 2 account and apply the serial code, which will give them access to Beta Weekend Events and three-day Headstart access to the final game. When Guild Wars 2 launches, customers will need to return to the retailer with proof of purchase to receive the full Standard Edition box and retail serial code. They will need to apply this retail serial code to their Guild Wars 2 account within five days to continue playing without interruption.

  • Standard Edition (Europe) — Customers will buy the Standard Edition Pre-Purchase box and receive their serial code. This is the only serial code customers will receive and will grant access to the Beta Weekend Events, three-day Headstart Access, the Hero's Band digital item, and full access to the final live game. Customers will not need to return to retail to receive another serial code.

  • Collector's Edition (North America and Europe) — Customers will buy the Collector's Edition Pre-Purchase box and receive a Pre-Purchase serial code. They will then go to https://register.guildwars2.com and follow the on-screen instructions to create a Guild Wars account and apply the serial code, which will give them access to Beta Weekend Events and three-day Headstart Access to the final game. When Guild Wars 2 launches, customers will need to return to their retailer with proof of purchase to receive the full Collector's Edition box with physical items and retail serial code. They will need to apply this retail serial code to their Guild Wars 2 account within five days to continue playing without interruption.

We will continue to monitor common questions and answers from all of our communities, and if appropriate, update the FAQ at a later date.

I Really hope  some of the Finlands gamestores are in the list of selected retailers but thanks for the clarification Regina!

#1424 Wajdos

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:45 PM

One beta a month? SO WE ARE NOT THAT CLOSE TO RELEASE...?

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:46 PM

Wajdos said:

One beta a month? SO WE ARE NOT THAT CLOSE TO RELEASE...?

God, is it april fool yet ?

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:47 PM

Wajdos said:

One beta a month? SO WE ARE NOT THAT CLOSE TO RELEASE...?

I was hoping on 1 every 2 weeks at least. :(

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:48 PM

@Regina.

Isn't the 5 items from the Digital Deluxe, and not pre-ordering?

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:49 PM

Wajdos said:

One beta a month? SO WE ARE NOT THAT CLOSE TO RELEASE...?

Yeah not liking the sound of that...

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:50 PM

Regina -

When will you have information on which retailers in each country will be offering prepurchase and preorder?

Am I reading it correctly that Europeans who prepurchase a physical standard copy will NOT receive the standard retail box? Since we don't need to return to the retail store to get a new code, I'm assuming this means we also canNOT return to receive a full box. So what will the prepurchase box contain? Will we be able to receive a physical game disc, manual, and all that?

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:50 PM

Wajdos said:

One beta a month? SO WE ARE NOT THAT CLOSE TO RELEASE...?

Who cares, we will be in every single one of those events ^ ^.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:50 PM

They never said anything about a summer release at all, or that the release was ever close.

It's simply people's speculation.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:54 PM

I wonder if there are people out there who wont Pre-Purchase or Pre-Order, i dont think so.
Anyways good news, everything goes so fast suddenly, i need to get used to it. ^^

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:55 PM

Regina Buenaobra said:

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Thanks for the clarification Regina! Sad to see you got the bad luck in drawing the short straw and having to post here, but it's very much appreciated.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:57 PM

hattara said:

Regina -

When will you have information on which retailers in each country will be offering prepurchase and preorder?

Am I reading it correctly that Europeans who prepurchase a physical standard copy will NOT receive the standard retail box? Since we don't need to return to the retail store to get a new code, I'm assuming this means we also canNOT return to receive a full box. So what will the prepurchase box contain? Will we be able to receive a physical game disc, manual, and all that?

I'm confused too, do europeans get the box April 10 (unlikely) or they don't get a box at all? Disappointing since it's in the "boxed version pre-purchase" section.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:57 PM

Regina Buenaobra said:


How does physical Pre-Purchase work?
Physical Pre-Purchase for Guild Wars 2 is only available at select retailers. The details of how this will work will differ slightly depending on which edition customers purchase and where they purchase it.

  • Standard Edition (North America) — Customers will buy the Standard Edition Pre-Purchase box and receive a Pre-Purchase serial code. They will then go to https://register.guildwars2.com and follow the on-screen instructions to create a Guild Wars 2 account and apply the serial code, which will give them access to Beta Weekend Events and three-day Headstart access to the final game. When Guild Wars 2 launches, customers will need to return to the retailer with proof of purchase to receive the full Standard Edition box and retail serial code. They will need to apply this retail serial code to their Guild Wars 2 account within five days to continue playing without interruption.

  • Standard Edition (Europe) — Customers will buy the Standard Edition Pre-Purchase box and receive their serial code. This is the only serial code customers will receive and will grant access to the Beta Weekend Events, three-day Headstart Access, the Hero's Band digital item, and full access to the final live game. Customers will not need to return to retail to receive another serial code.

  • Collector's Edition (North America and Europe) — Customers will buy the Collector's Edition Pre-Purchase box and receive a Pre-Purchase serial code. They will then go to https://register.guildwars2.com and follow the on-screen instructions to create a Guild Wars account and apply the serial code, which will give them access to Beta Weekend Events and three-day Headstart Access to the final game. When Guild Wars 2 launches, customers will need to return to their retailer with proof of purchase to receive the full Collector's Edition box with physical items and retail serial code. They will need to apply this retail serial code to their Guild Wars 2 account within five days to continue playing without interruption.

We will continue to monitor common questions and answers from all of our communities, and if appropriate, update the FAQ at a later date.

Well, I still don't understand how this will work. Basically I just want to buy a CE.

So let's assume that Amazon (.de, so Europe) will be a supported retailer.
After purchasing on the 10th via the amazon website I'll get a pre-order box.
But at launch what do I need to do then? Contact Amazon via Email?
I'm just confused, because normally your purchases are saved in online stores like Amazon. So why can't they just send me my CE without me needing to contact them again?

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:58 PM

@ Regine

On the subject of the EU Standard version and US Standard versions, does this mean there will be a region lock of any sort?

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:58 PM

The Physical Deluxe Edition is my wish(Game+Artbook+Soundtrack+Making of+something else{not necessary} for 80{?} $).

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:59 PM

SilverShadow said:

Well, I still don't understand how this will work. Basically I just want to buy a CE.

So let's assume that Amazon (.de, so Europe) will be a supported retailer.
After purchasing on the 10th via the amazon website I'll get a pre-order box.
But at launch what do I need to do then? Contact Amazon via Email?
I'm just confused, because normally your purchases are saved in online stores like Amazon. So why can't they just send me my CE without me needing to contact them again?

Amazon send you a pre-purchase/pre-order box. On release Amazon send you the game, takes any money owed and the box arrives in the mail for you within the first 5 days allowing you to play.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:00 PM

Hey guys, can someone answer me this question. If I purchase the collectors edition, first off, will it an actual hard copy of the game or a digital copy and secondly will it get shipped to me here in Australia in time for the three-day head start?

Please and Thank you!

I AM SOOOO EXCITED!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:00 PM

Gorwe said:

The Physical Deluxe Edition is my wish(Game+Artbook+Soundtrack+Making of+something else{not necessary} for 80{?} $).

I'd be keen with just the exact same thing as the Digital Deluxe edition, only in a physical box with discs.