The asura and sylvari races will be available in the final Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend Event, ArenaNet has announced.

This means participants will be able to create characters from any of the five main races of Tyria - human, norn, charr, asura, and sylvari - and begin their Guild Wars 2 experience in any of the five home regions.

Asura players begin in Metrica Province, an exotic jungle area full of high-tech laboratories, quirky golems, and mad scientists. The nearby asuran capital Rata Sum hums with technomagical power.

Sylvari players begin their story in the Grove, a luminous living city nestled in the shade of the Pale Tree, the 'mother' of every member of this young race of plant humanoids.

The final Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend Event runs July 20-22, and there's still time to take part if you pre-purchase Guild Wars 2.

The subscription-free MMO launches August 28.