Guild Wars 2 screenshot
Guild Wars 2 screenshot

Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet has temporarily ceased selling digital copies of the game as too many concurrent players were beginning to "compromise" the game.

"Ensuring the best possible play experience for our fans is our highest priority," said an update posted on the game's Facebook page. "We've said before that we would be willing to temporarily disable first-party digital sales if we felt our high player concurrency may compromise player experiences."

"We have now reached that point," said the post. "Effective immediately we have disabled sales via buy.guildwars2.com."

Players will still be able to buy copies of the game elsewhere, however. "To be clear, box and digital sales are still available via our retail partners. We are tracking our concurrency closely while expanding our infrastructure. We'll re-enable first-party digital sales as soon as we feel that we can do so safely."

So... Guild Wars 2 is popular, then?

Guild Wars 2 launched officially this week, and saw over one million people pre-purchase the game to take part in a three-day headstart weekend which saw 400,000 concurrent users. This has, perhaps understandably, caused the servers to be subjected to heavy load, with Guild Wars 2 using a server overflow system so that players don't have to stare at frustrating queue screens. ArenaNet says it is working 'around the clock' to make it so that players aren't affected by overflow servers, however.

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Shellei

I didn't read your raptr gamercard until this morning :) I'm not very observant :D My friend is also going to be on Vabbi, I hope it's a good server :)
Posted 12:58 on 01 September 2012
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Endless@ Shellei

Yeah I kinda figured it was you Shelly :P

At least it doesnt really matter what world anyone is on for PvE.
Posted 12:49 on 01 September 2012
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Shellei@ Endless

Actually, I'm trying to get my friend interested in Vabbi...and I'm sure I'll see you guys in-game somewhere :)

And Endless...hmm, did you used to go by the name B1ade?
Posted 12:04 on 01 September 2012
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Endless@ Shellei

Seems like a bunch of us on VG are heading for the Vabbi server, so unless you have some friends on another world i'm sure we would welcome another com-padre :)
Posted 22:00 on 31 August 2012
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Shellei

Yep, going to pop to town tomorrow and see if there's a copy I can get...this being the West Country who knows if I'll get one! I'm being very bad, I said I wouldn't get any more games in which to sink my time with my Christmas craft orders coming through now, I'll have to try and be sensible. LOL!
Posted 21:57 on 31 August 2012
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Endless@ Shellei

You can still buy it from any shop or from any other online store other than direct from guildwars2.com. All they've done is stopped selling it on their own site and keeping an eye on how many digital keys they distribute to retailers.

Amazon still have the physical retail edition for £33.
Posted 21:24 on 31 August 2012
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Shellei

Hmm, I was just about to buy it too!
Posted 17:34 on 31 August 2012
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FantasyMeister

I haven't seen an overflow screen for about 3 days now on Vabbi (EU), but I'm playing mostly off-peak times (11pm onwards). Population was Low when I joined, it's now showing as Medium. I think 3 European servers have now been added to the initial 24 that were available.
Posted 10:12 on 31 August 2012

Game Stats

Release Date: 28/08/2012
Developer: ArenaNet
Publisher: NCSOFT
Genre: Fantasy RPG
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 12+
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