May 26 – Closed Beta Testing

For those of you lucky enough to grab Portals to the Heart of Maguuma while they were dropping in the Silverwastes and Dry Top, you’ll soon be getting a chance to test some Heat of Thorns content!

The upcoming closed beta will help us test the stability of our new PvE outpost-event content structure. Participants will be able to use a revenant—or any of the existing eight professions—to play a small amount of expansion story content, followed by two beta versions of outposts and their corresponding adventures in part of the Verdant Brink map. An early, partially completed version of the day/night cycle meta-event experience from Verdant Brink will also be available.

Testing will begin on May 26, and will run in 2 hour blocks with breaks between each block. The schedule is as follows:

  • 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)

Additionally, ArenaNet says they will also be choosing a few lucky subscribers from their newsletter subscriber list, so make sure you sign up. There will be no Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) so if you do participate, feel free to share screenshots, videos, and streams of your experience.

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