GUILD WARS 2 to Release on Steam and Add Twitch Drop Next Week
Guild Wars 2 is a lot of fun, the community is extremely helpful, and it’s not pay-to-win. A long while ago, ArenaNet revealed that the game would become available on Steam. Up until now, players have had to download the first-party client from the site and go through that, but this got many gamers excited and increases the prospects of even more people entering the game. The Steam release was then delayed, but it has a new release date! You can look forward to Guild Wars 2 on Steam beginning August 23 at 12 PM PDT! You can go on and the wishlist is right now in fact. The base game is free-to-play, although you can buy Guild Wars 2 Complete Collection for $98.97 which will include all 3 expansions and all 5 seasons of Living World! Talking about Steam, Kendall Boyd of NCSOFT West said:
Guild Wars 2 has delighted over 16 million players for a decade with its subscription-free business model, epic collaborative open-world boss encounters, and revolutionary mount system. By launching on Steam, a whole new audience of players who have never had the chance to adventure with us will be able to experience one of the greatest fantasy worlds in gaming. Everyone at NCSOFT and ArenaNet is excited to welcome them into our amazing community.
Now, there is something very essential to note about the release of Steam. Steam and NCSOFT first-party players will be able to play together on the same servers. Steam players don’t get special servers or anything. However, you cannot bring your NCSOFT account to Steam. I’m not sure why or what types of limitations impact this, but it is something significant to note. If you play and want to switch to Steam, you’ll have to make a new account.
The release to Steam isn’t the only thing going on with Guild Wars 2 though. The game will be adding Twitch drop support also on August 23. You will be able to watch your favorite streamers playing Guild Wars 2 and earn “exclusive in-game character rewards including classic outfits, experience boosters, and even a unique Glowing Purple Mask cosmetic.” The first Twitch Drop campaign for Guild Wars 2 will run from August 23-28.