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Is Guild Wars 2 Free to Play?

Guild Wars 2 Gameplay
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Players interested in Guild Wars 2 have been wondering whether or not the game is free to play.

Guild Wars 2 is a fantasy MMO developed by ArenaNet, in which players get to explore the world of Tyria as they follow the re-emergence of a once disbanded guild dedicated to fighting Elder Dragons. The game is available on Windows, and will be released on Steam on August 23. Here's whether or not the game is free to play.

Is Guild Wars 2 Free to Play?

Guild Wars 2 is free to download, meaning players can enjoy the base game without paying. However, the game has multiple premium features that require players to pay. Guild Wars 2 has three expansion packs: Heart of Thorns, Path of Fire, and the upcoming End of Dragons, each of which have a Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate Edition.

Guild Wars 2 Standard Edition Expansion Packs cost $29.99, while Ultimate Edition costs range from $79.99 to $99.99. Deluxe Editions come with all the features included in the Standard versions, as well as additional customization options including character slots, raptor skins, boat skins, etc. Ultimate Editions often come with everything included in the previous editions, along with a few thousand extra Gems.