Guild Wars 2Âs Halloween event arrives today with the first update for Shadow of the Mad King. The first of the new four-act story arc will be available with todayÂs update along with new Halloween-based content and themed items on the Black Lion Trading Company and seasonal crafting recipes. All content associated with Shadow of the Mad King will only be available for a limited time, so make sure you grab what you want before it ends.
The second act of the update releases on October 26th, the third on October 28th and the final act will arrive on Halloween, October 31st. You can learn more about the new content on the Shadow of the Mad King page.
Guild Wars 2Â® Shadow of the Mad King Live Today
First Major Update for the Critically Acclaimed MMO Delivers Nearly 80 New Pieces of Content, Free of Charge
SEATTLE Â October 22, 2012: NCSOFTÂ®, the worldÂs premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) and ArenaNet, developer of the renowned Guild Wars franchise, will release the first major content update today for Guild Wars 2: Shadow of the Mad King. The Halloween-themed update brings a wealth of new seasonal and permanent gameplay to the world of Tyria, part of the teamÂs commitment to keeping Guild Wars 2 constantly updated with more high-quality content than any game has offered before.
In Tyria, legend states that 500 years ago, a tyrannical Krytan king was slain by his own people, those who had suffered greatly during his reign of lunacy. It is said that this kingÂs body was chopped into pieces, and his spirit was banished to the Underworld. While many think him capable of returning to the mortal realm, he hasnÂt been seen for more than 250 years.
The update brings Halloween-themed content that will only be available during the holiday event, as well as live game content that all players will be able to experience permanently. Given that exploration and discovery are so central to Guild Wars 2, specifics will be left for players to experience for themselves. That said, some of the new features that can be expected include:
- An All-New Story: A four-act arc running from October 22-31 based on the legend of the Mad King. ItÂs been 250 years since the last alleged sighting of Mad King ThornÂs spirit, but strange energies are rising under the autumn moon.
- Halloween-Based Activities: A variety of Halloween classics such as tricking or treating (beware of monsters), new Halloween-themed crafting recipes and Jack oÂ Lanterns, as Tyria is transformed with decorations for the season.
- New Items in The Black Lion Trading Company: A variety of new items to celebrate Halloween, including costumes that grant spooky skills, tonics that transform players into ghouls and ghosts, and creepy crawly minis.
- Nearly 80 New Pieces of Content in All: From new events and mini-dungeons, to jumping puzzles and achievements. The update is available free of charge, building on the already unmatched value that Guild Wars 2 delivers to players.
For more information about the update, visit www.guildwars2.com/en/events/halloween-2012.
About Guild Wars 2
Guild WarsÂ® 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.Â Building on the success of Guild Wars, NCSOFT and game developer ArenaNetÂ are creating an MMO that lets gamers play the way they want, while at the same time retaining the no-subscription-feebusiness model that made the original Guild Wars so popular. For more information about Guild Wars 2, visit www.GuildWars2.com.Â