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Guild Wars 2 week-long free trial starts tomorrow

ArenaNet has announced the next free trial initiative for Guild Wars 2. As of tomorrow, 25 September, they'll be standing on street corners offering just a taste—enough to get you hooked. By which I mean you'll be able to register a trial account and play their non-subscription MMO for a full week, until 1 October.

The trial won't come without restrictions. Last year, the free access resulted in gold-farming spam all up in the map chat. This year, new restrictions have been put in place . Trial players will only be able to mail and whisper the players on their friends list, and won't be able to use map chat. In addition, trial players won't be allowed to access the Gem Store and Currency Exchange, and are barred from World-versus-World—the battleground of the current Fall Tournament .

Guild Wars 2 recently updated with the September Feature Pack—dramatically changing the "new player experience". Many of its changes proved controversial among the community, due to the gated progress on new characters. Since that release, ArenaNet have released a number of minor patches and hotfixes designed to dial back some of the original system's unintended level restrictions.

The Guild Wars 2 free trial will begin on 25 September, 12am PDT, and will run until 1 October, 11:59pm PDT. Need convincing that it's worth a try? Here's Chris's 94% review , and here's a happy video filled with catchy pop tunes .

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.