Guild Wars 2 pre-orders begin; $149.99 Collector's Edition

Fans of the original Guild Wars have been waiting patiently for years to put down their hard earned money for the long awaited sequel, Guild Wars 2. Now developer ArenaNet and publisher NCsoft have launched the pre-order campaign for the PC exclusive fantasy MMO which includes three versions of the game.

All three versions will allow people who pre-order them to gain access to all of the planned weekend beta tests for Guild Wars 2, along with a three day head start when the game is officially launched later in 2012. There will also be an exclusive in-game item, the Hero's Band. The $59.99 digital edition comes with just the game but the $79.99 Digital Deluxe Edition also comes with five more exclusive in-game items.

However, it's the massive $149.99 retail Collector's Edition of Guild Wars 2 that will get the most attention. It will have all of the content of the previous two editions plus some cool real world bonuses, including a 10 inch figurine of one of the game's main characters, Rytlock Brimstone.

There will also be a 112 page book that goes behind the scenes of the making of the game, along with a art portfolio, five art prints, a custom art frame and a Best of Guild Wars 2 soundtrack CD. You can check out an unboxing video of the Collector's Edition above this post. You can also see a list of which retailers will sell the Collector's Edition at the game's website.

The pre-order website has also posted up Guild Wars 2's minimal hardware requirements:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 or better
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or better
  • 2 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7800, ATI Radeon X1800, Intel HD 3000 or better (256 MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better)
  • 25 GB of available hard drive space
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • PC keyboard and mouse.
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