The MMORPG Guild Wars 2 is finally releasing on Steam, a decade after the classic fantasy title was originally released.
While we consider the free-to-play RPG to be one of the best MMO games right now, it’s only been available for download through NCSoft’s own platform so far. It will be available on Steam starting August 23, with players on Steam and the original game client able to play together on the same servers.
The game will launch on Valve’s store alongside a paid DLC pack containing the first 10 years of Guild Wars 2 content, including the game’s five seasons and three main expansions – Heart of Thorns, Path of Fire, and End of Dragons.
Watch the announcement trailer below.
Guild Wars 2 garnered attention at launch for its strong emphasis on player-versus-player combat, which spanned small-scale arena fights to worldwide competitive modes. The game has seen many changes since its original release, with each season expanding on its ongoing story and developing world.
Unlike World of Warcraft and its other MMORPG companions, Guild Wars 2 stood out for its subscription-free payment system. You only needed to buy the base game once to access its full content, with more DLC and expansions available at cost price. ArenaNet transitioned Guild Wars 2 to a free-to-play model in 2015
“By launching on Steam, an entirely new audience of gamers who’ve never had the chance to adventure with us will be able to experience one of gaming’s greatest fantasy worlds,” said Kendall Boyd, Senior Vice President of Marketing at NCSOFT, in a press release. press. “Everyone at NCSOFT and ArenaNet is excited to welcome you to our amazing community.”
To coincide with the game’s launch on Steam, ArenaNet will be running a Twitch launch program to promote the game. From August 23-28, you can earn free in-game rewards and cosmetics by watching streamers play Guild Wars 2 on the live streaming platform. Blizzard ran a similar scheme for Overwatch 2 earlier this year, which spurred the hero shooter to become the most watched category on Twitch shortly.
O Guild Wars 2 Steam Page (opens in new tab) is now available, and we suspect it will feature a recent change that has gotten many PC gamers excited.