More details have emerged this week for the upcoming Guild Wars 2 event – The Lost Shores. The event is set to get underway on Friday, November 16th culminating with another one-time world event by its conclusion on Sunday, November 18th. New content arriving with the update includes the lair of the karka, a lost island at the edge of the Sea of Sorrows, new Ascended gear & Infusion, the new Fractals of the Mists dungeon, and the beta version of the new Temple of the Silent Storm sPvP map.

In addition, the Guild Wars 2 free trial weekend gets is set to take place from November 15th-18th. Current account holders can obtain three invitations for friends to try out the game for free during the event.

Check out the latest trailer for The Lost Shores event along with the press release after the break for more. For additional details visit The Lost Shores event page and check out our event preview.

Guild Wars® 2 Update Shows Fans the Wonder and Scope of Online Worlds

Latest update brings a mini-expansion of new content heralded by massive one-time in-game event

SEATTLE – November 12, 2012: NCSOFT® and ArenaNet are excited to release the second major content update within three months since launch for Guild Wars 2 this week, entitled The Lost Shores. Arriving November 15, the update brings many new features to the game and will be highlighted by a multi-stage, one-time event that will forever change the world of Guild Wars 2.

A Mini-Expansion

Following the hugely successful multi-stage mystery of the recent Halloween event, the Lost Shores update continues ArenaNet’s tradition of delivering regular content, compelling events, and unequalled ease of access in its regular game releases, all subscription-free. The Lost Shores update is a mini-expansion worth of new content that brings players an unprecedented amount of new areas to explore, challenges to conquer and goals to achieve. This is all punctuated with a massive one-time event that will change Tyria forever.

In addition to numerous improvements and additions across the entirety of the game, major features that players can look forward to include:

  • A mysterious zone to explore, accessible to all players regardless of level
  • A challenging new dungeon to conquer
  • A new PvP map set within a Kodan dojo
  • New gear to acquire, ranging from additional weapons skins to item enhancements to an additional tier of items between Exotic and Legendary.
  • Crafting updates including a new resource to harvest and 200 new recipes
  • A one-time in-game event that will forever leave its mark on the world of Tyria, starting Thursday, November 16 and ending Sunday, November 18.

Play with Friends

To make it easier than ever for friends to share in the mystery and epic events of the Lost Shores update, Guild Wars 2 will be opening its doors for a refer-a-friend trial period. Starting today, players who have already purchased the game will be able to invite up to three friends to join a free trial period from November 15-18.

For more information about this massive update and the one-time event, please see the timing information below and visit

Timing of The Lost Shores event is as follows:

  • Thursday, November 15, 9:00 a.m. PT – Free trial period begins, update build is released
  • Friday, November 16, 12:00 p.m. PT – One-time Lost Shores event begins
  • Sunday, November 18, 12:00 p.m. PT – Final event stage begins
  • Sunday, November 18, 10:00 p.m. PT – One-time event and free trial weekend ends


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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

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Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016

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