Guild Wars 2 Base Game is Now Free-To-Play

/ 5 years ago


Guild Wars 2’s base package is now available for free after the studio announced a revised pricing structure. However, to monetize the game’s player base, there will be a significant number of restrictions imposed on free accounts. These include limiting the character slots from 5 to 2, disabling Map chat and even prohibiting access to the forums. MMOs require micro-payments or a subscription to remain successful, but I’m quite wary that the hefty restrictions could deter new players from joining up and upgrading to premium accounts. This huge table below illustrates the differences between the main three account types:

Free AccountCore Guild Wars 2 AccountHeart of Thorns Account
Character Slots255 or more*
Bag Slots355
Revenant ProfessionNoNoYes
Heart of Thorns Maps & ContentNoNoYes
Central Tyria (Core) Maps & ContentStarter maps only until character reaches level 10

Lion’s Arch unlocked for each character at level 35

In-Game MailCan only send to mutual friends

Can’t send gold or items

Yes (accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to send gold and items)Yes (accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to send gold and items)
Guild Bank AccessNoYes (accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to withdraw)Yes (accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to withdraw)
Whisper chatExcept for mutual friends, can only whisper in the same map, one new person every 30 secondsYesYes
Map chatNoYesYes
Squad chatUnlocked for each character at level 30YesYes
Looking For GroupUnlocked for each character at level 30YesYes
PvP ChatTeam Chat always available

Chat in PvP Lobby unlocked when the account reaches PvP rank 20

Emotes, Map and Say chat unavailable during matches

WvWUnlocked account-wide when one character reaches level 60YesYes
Daily Login BonusNoYesYes
Gem StoreItems unusable by free accounts (such as glider skin) are unavailableYesYes
Currency ExchangeGems to gold exchange available, gold to gems exchange unavailable.YesYes
Trading PostCan buy and sell items from a selected list.YesYes
Forum Posting AccessNoYesYes

According to the developer, this new strategy is designed to create a clear and transparent model showing how varying accounts differ and allowing players to see beforehand if the premium accounts are worth the extra. It seems the majority of MMOs end up going free-to-play barring World of Warcraft, and it will be interesting to see how the community reacts. Guild Wars 2 is an outstanding MMO and its latest free model reduces the barrier to entry.

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