ArenaNet has announced that Guild Wars 2‘s second expansion, entitled Path of Fire, will launch September 22nd and bring players back to the Crystal Desert.

Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire will see players return to the iconic Crystal Desert from the original Guild Wars, and to the northern reaches of Elona, the land of Guild Wars: Nightfall, 250 years on. For veterans of the series or those venturing into the world of Guild Wars 2 for the first time, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire delivers a vast new region of magic-drenched desert plains, ancient temples and ruins, and beautiful oases.

Balthazar, the human god of war and fire, threatens the Crystal Desert and adjoining kingdom of Elona with his Forged legions. Players saw through the course of Living World Season 3 that Balthazar is determined to hunt Elder Dragons – and now he and his armies have invaded the desert to do just that. Now, Tyria’s fate hangs by a thread as players race to the desert to hunt down the rogue god before he can do any more damage to the delicate balance of magic.

For those who get more visually… stimulated, the team at ArenaNet have put out a teaser trailer so lets watch, shall we…

Additionally an open-world preview weekend will run August 11-13, available to anyone with a Guild Wars 2 account “in good standing”. Players will be able to experience part of the opening story of Path of Fire, and explore the Crystal Oasis map astride the raptor mount.

Did we not mention? The mount system will come with the expansion and allow players to unlock and train new companions using a max-level Mastery character progression system.

The expansion is available for pre-purchase as a standalone expansion (starting at $29.99) or as part of a bundle with Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns (starting at $49.99).

Source: Press Release, Official Site


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