Guild Wars 2 Tops European Charts and Scores Big With Media

NCsoft®, the world’s premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) and ArenaNet™, developer of the renowned Guild Wars franchise, are proud to announce that Guild Wars 2 has reached number one in the official charts of ten countries across Europe.

Officially released just ten days ago, Guild Wars 2 was eagerly anticipated by its legions of fans of the franchise, with over a million players logging in during the Headstart period. Media reactions have been stellar with the game receiving numerous top-mark reviews (10/10 Eurogamer.it, 5/5 FHM) and being hailed as; “easily the new benchmark for MMOs” (Empire), “redefines the MMORPG genre” (Eurogamer.es). Since its global launch the game has been flying off the shelves, with the innovative Collector’s Edition box proving extremely popular.

Guild Wars 2 now stands at number one in the official All Formats charts of the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and Belgium – all the major territories within Europe.

“Our games have always been well-received in Europe, but this level of enthusiasm is both awesome and humbling”, said Mike O’Brien, president and co-founder of ArenaNet. “It also impresses upon us the responsibility we have to our players and explains why we’ve taken steps recently to constrain sales of Guild Wars 2 to ensure the highest quality of service. Of course, we hope to remedy this in the near future.”

Guild Wars 2 offers players

·         Dynamic Events: Guild Wars 2 is a living, breathing world where events occur naturally and in response to players’ actions. This system fosters cooperation between players—everyone who participates is rewarded, and players begin to naturally cooperate instead of compete.

·         Personal Stories: Your deeply customised personal story begins when you first create your character, then twists and turns with each fateful decision you make.

·         Action-Oriented Combat: Guild Wars 2 is an action game at heart. Survival in combat is based on timing, skill and movement. Well-timed dodges or combo attacks are integral to any battle. Guild Wars 2 rethinks the outdated class restrictions of other games, giving players the tools and skills they need to play with friends regardless of their class.

·         Player vs. Player and World vs. World: Competitive multiplayer in Guild Wars 2 consists of two exciting modes PvP serves up intense small-unit combat that focuses on skill and strategy, not gear. WvW pits entire servers of players against each other in a two-week-long war on a series of huge maps.

For more information on the game and to purchase Guild Wars 2, visit www.guildwars2.com.

About NCsoft

NCsoft, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, is the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, including the critically acclaimed Aion®, Lineage®, Guild Wars® and City of Heroes® franchises. NCsoft West is a division of NCsoft that holds operating responsibilities for North America, Europe, South America, and Australia/New Zealand. More information can be found at www.ncsoft.com.

About Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars ® 2 is a visually stunning MMO that will offer players the epic grandeur of a massive role playing environment combined with innovative combat mechanics, dynamic events, and customised personal storytelling. Building on the success of Guild Wars, NCsoft and game developer ArenaNet are creating an MMO that lets gamers play the way they want, while at the same time retaining the no-subscription-fee business model that made the original Guild Wars so popular. For more information about Guild Wars 2, visit www.guildwars2.com.  


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