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UPDATE: The Stress Test will take place at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday, September 7th. We believe this will allow more of our European players to join us and will allow everyone to participate in the test and then watch our Guild Chat livestream, if they so desire. See you then!

We will be conducting a brief stress test for Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire on Thursday, September 7th, beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (17:00 GMT). Anyone with a Guild Wars 2 account is welcome to participate. To join the stress test, please log in to your Guild Wars 2 game account, create a new “Demo” character on the character selection screen, and head into the Crystal Oasis. Play as you normally would play, but because this is a stress test, be prepared for possible in-game performance issues as the testing takes place.

Thanks for your help!

Gaile Gray
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Info from previous test, which should still apply:

  • The test will likely run about two hours
  • Your feedback would be welcome in this thread
  • If you run into a bug, use /bug and fill out a report
  • Demo characters will be wiped in preparation for launch
  • Please play with your existing demo character. (This is updated at the devs’ request, as we do not need you to create a new demo character unless you do not have one present on your account.)

UPDATE: Elite specializations will be unchanged from the previous stress test or from the Elite Specializations Preview Weekend. Changes are being made, as stated last week, but they will not be included in the stress test.

Thanks again!

Gaile Gray
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Guild & Fansite Relations; In-Game Events
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Posted by: Curunen.8729

Curunen.8729

Yay!

Nice timing for UK too.

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Posted by: Samug.6512

Samug.6512

I’ll be happy to stress-test even all day! Will new elite specialisations be available, like previously?

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Posted by: MithranArkanere.8957

MithranArkanere.8957

Don’t forget you can check the LFG tool to get together with other people and do stuff with them if you don’t know exactly what to do.

SUGGEST-A-TRON says:
PAY—ONCE—UNLOCKS—ARE—ALWAYS—BETTER.
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Posted by: Keller.3914

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Bring your Geomancer Gliders and Halloween Tonics. We’re gonna rek these servers in no time

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Posted by: PinkiePie.4650

PinkiePie.4650

Any chance a certain disabled scourge skill will be available for testing/ game crashing?

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Posted by: Ayrilana.1396

Ayrilana.1396

Info from previous test, which should still apply:

  • The test will likely run about two hours
  • Your feedback would be welcome in this thread
  • If you run into a bug, use /bug and fill out a report
  • Demo characters will be wiped in preparation for launch
  • If you see an existing demo character on your account, it would be helpful if you would please delete it or at least play on a new demo character

Thanks again!

Could another wipe be done after the stress test too? Some people are having difficulties changing servers by deleting all of their characters and it’s being theorized that the beta characters are counting against them which they have no way of deleting.

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Posted by: Sonja Teh Trapper.7012

Sonja Teh Trapper.7012

there should be np with beta characters an main characters. anet know what is going on when testing. i am looking forward to this event this thursday thanks for the heads up

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Posted by: Caelums.1689

Caelums.1689

Oh no :-: I’m in school at that time NOOOOO

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Posted by: Donari.5237

Donari.5237

Nuuuuuu that is the day my mom moves into her new CCRC apartment!!! I’m pretty sure I won’t be free 3-5 pm my time

Have fun, those who can make it in

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Posted by: Joxer.6024

Joxer.6024

5 am Friday morning…awwwwwwww!!!!
But, I will try as I am really keen for POF and any chance to play it rocks!

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Posted by: Alin.2468

Alin.2468

No, thank you, I shall not participate. I am just a client, not an employee.

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Posted by: Inculpatus cedo.9234

Inculpatus cedo.9234

Your loss. I look forward to free advance opportunities to play. I never seem to encounter any real bugs, or other stressful situations.

Thanks for the information and opportunity. =)

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Posted by: Hammerguard.9834

Hammerguard.9834

make it 3 hours and you got a deal.

… I still want tengu.

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Posted by: Allisa Wonderland.8192

Allisa Wonderland.8192

bug from the last weekend… Hydra heads that stayed in the air instead of falling to the ground when being cut off.

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Posted by: Wolf.4703

Wolf.4703

Last time on Stress Test
Finding your cute little charr behind on the ground and your legs In the ground because you tried to mount after being on land from an underwater experience.

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Posted by: Brutaly.6257

Brutaly.6257

Will the elites be in there and if so, will it be the updated version?

See you on friday.

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Posted by: umbra lorde.9675

umbra lorde.9675

could someone translate the time time to uk please

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Posted by: Soilder.3607

Soilder.3607

When will you guys release your balance changes for the new elite specs? We haven’t had as many beta weekends for PoF as HoT did for it’s launch.

Stormbluff Isle

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Posted by: Brutaly.6257

Brutaly.6257

could someone translate the time time to uk please

GMT might be a clue. Greenwich is in England :-)

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Posted by: Tanner Blackfeather.6509

Tanner Blackfeather.6509

could someone translate the time time to uk please

Brittish Summer Time is GMT+1, so 20:00.

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Posted by: starofsorrow.8045

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For creating new demo characters, would we need to go through the story instance again to get the mount? Just curious.

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Posted by: Ragnarox.9601

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Will it be old PoF elites from 2 tests or improved ones?

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Posted by: Ceridwen.6703

Ceridwen.6703

I’ll happily be back to test again! Thanks for the opportunity!

“Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Steve R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.”

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Posted by: Pifil.5193

Pifil.5193

Info from previous test, which should still apply:

  • The test will likely run about two hours
  • Your feedback would be welcome in this thread
  • If you run into a bug, use /bug and fill out a report
  • Demo characters will be wiped in preparation for launch
  • If you see an existing demo character on your account, it would be helpful if you would please delete it or at least play on a new demo character

Thanks again!

Could another wipe be done after the stress test too? Some people are having difficulties changing servers by deleting all of their characters and it’s being theorized that the beta characters are counting against them which they have no way of deleting.

This could be the case alright, my two demo characters show up on gw2efficiency.com. I’d suggest to delete them yourself after the stress test but you might not have time if it ends abruptly.

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Posted by: Tyche.4072

Tyche.4072

No, thank you, I shall not participate. I am just a client, not an employee.

You must be a real laugh at parties.

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Posted by: rapthorne.7345

rapthorne.7345

Would be nice to be able to test the other mounts rather than just the raptor, but I’m looking forward to a few more hours of scourging, anyway

Resident smug Englishman on the NA servers, just because.

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Posted by: Deavonffxi.8560

Deavonffxi.8560

could someone translate the time time to uk please

it will be 5pm for you

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Posted by: Kidel.2057

Kidel.2057

Today is my birthday. Thanks for the gift.

Can we expect an update on the Elite Specs?

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Posted by: Felix.7586

Felix.7586

Sweet, get to spend quality time with best friend raptor again!

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Posted by: Xashija.7913

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I think the problem is there’s nothing new, so many players won’t join the stress test. Maybe it’d be better, for example, to show the whole new map so people want to see the rest of it and want to join your stress test more likely.

There were nearly no players from EU last test. This can’t be your goal.

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Posted by: Randulf.7614

Randulf.7614

I think the problem is there’s nothing new, so many players won’t join the stress test. Maybe it’d be better, for example, to show the whole new map so people want to see the rest of it and want to join your stress test more likely.

There were nearly no players from EU last test. This can’t be your goal.

I can’t imagine a scenario where they’d struggle to get enough players to login for a stress test on unreleased content or where players were already bored of it. Players will happily login for just a couple of hours just to mess around and try out an elite they previously hadn’t or just wander around on a mount.

This test appears to be more time suitable for the EU players, so I think that will resolve the problem there too (although we have zero idea how many EU players played last time)

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Posted by: Pifil.5193

Pifil.5193

I think the problem is there’s nothing new, so many players won’t join the stress test. Maybe it’d be better, for example, to show the whole new map so people want to see the rest of it and want to join your stress test more likely.

There were nearly no players from EU last test. This can’t be your goal.

Well, firstly, you don’t know how many people there were from EU, it was quite late at night but at best you can say that your particular megaserver instance didn’t seem to be that heavily populated.

Secondly, they are probably more interested in stress testing the server instances to see how they hold up under stresses of new character and mount abilities. So all they really need is a handful of megaserver instances. You don’t need tens of thousands of players for that. Just a few hundred. They will probably still have thousands.

Edit: by the alchemy, I can’t type anymore!

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Posted by: PyrateSilly.4710

PyrateSilly.4710

could someone translate the time time to uk please

Try using these sites:

https://www.timeanddate.com/
http://www.worldtimeserver.com/
http://www.worldtimezone.com/

Hope these help!

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Posted by: onevstheworld.2419

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I think the problem is there’s nothing new, so many players won’t join the stress test. Maybe it’d be better, for example, to show the whole new map so people want to see the rest of it and want to join your stress test more likely.

There were nearly no players from EU last test. This can’t be your goal.

My feeling is this wasn’t to test server capacity. More likely to make sure the new code behaves itself when applied to the greater game. You shouldn’t need many players to do that.

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Posted by: thaniretouni.4762

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Info from previous test, which should still apply:

  • The test will likely run about two hours
  • Your feedback would be welcome in this thread
  • If you run into a bug, use /bug and fill out a report
  • Demo characters will be wiped in preparation for launch
  • If you see an existing demo character on your account, it would be helpful if you would please delete it or at least play on a new demo character

Thanks again!

It would be great to be able to test any changes on the elite specs as well. Ofc, that should be complemented with a brief changelog.

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Posted by: Ravezaar.4951

Ravezaar.4951

Anet will u have the New build in this stress test ? Since clearly last time u said u had an old Build where balance had happened that wasnt in this build, will we have an updated version this time ? If ppl are dissapointed there class bin guted or not altered. For some of us the Elite Spez is all we care about in regards to the Expac (yes we do exist).

Tnx

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Posted by: Rillifane.9654

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I would like to request a 4 hour stress test to accommodate more people from different time zones and areas around the world ?

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Yay!

Nice timing for UK too.

Even better, now! We moved it up by two hours, so the test will start at 17:00 or 5:00 PM BST!

I would like to request a 4 hour stress test to accommodate more people from different time zones and areas around the world ?

We changed the time to better accommodate a larger number of players, but two hours is optimal for the developers.

Info from previous test, which should still apply:

  • The test will likely run about two hours
  • Your feedback would be welcome in this thread
  • If you run into a bug, use /bug and fill out a report
  • Demo characters will be wiped in preparation for launch
  • If you see an existing demo character on your account, it would be helpful if you would please delete it or at least play on a new demo character

Thanks again!

It would be great to be able to test any changes on the elite specs as well. Ofc, that should be complemented with a brief changelog.

I have inquired about whether we are including updated elite specs. I do not anticipate that we will be posting a changelog for a stress test. I will update when I know more.

make it 3 hours and you got a deal.

Good try.

Don’t forget you can check the LFG tool to get together with other people and do stuff with them if you don’t know exactly what to do.

Excellent advice!

Gaile Gray
Communications Manager
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Yay!

Nice timing for UK too.

Even better, now! We moved it up by two hours, so the test will start at 17:00 or 5:00 PM BST!

I would like to request a 4 hour stress test to accommodate more people from different time zones and areas around the world ?

We changed the time to better accommodate a larger number of players, but two hours is optimal for the developers.

5 pm bst is 12 pm est 9 am pacific. If you are in the US live or work then this is not accessible. I understand that the developers are physically monitoring the event, however, I am not sure why not open it for 10 hours, it gives devs more time to analyze and players more time test.

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Posted by: Llethander.3972

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Ah, that’s a shame. Exactly the time I’ll be going to bed so I can get up in time to go to work in the evening. The downside to working graveyards.

Oh well, just a stress test. Not like I’m missing out on anything groundbreaking.

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Posted by: Lillis.9473

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This is the second stress test I am going to miss because of work and I am wonderfully sad and jealous. Pound it hard you lucky players!

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Posted by: Brutaly.6257

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I have inquired about whether we are including updated elite specs. I do not anticipate that we will be posting a changelog for a stress test. I will update when I know more.

Please make a single thread/post as you did before the last stress test on what you have included in the stress test.

Thx in advance.

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I have inquired about whether we are including updated elite specs. I do not anticipate that we will be posting a changelog for a stress test. I will update when I know more.

Please make a single thread/post as you did before the last stress test on what you have included in the stress test.

Thx in advance.

I will post about the contents of the test in this thread.

Gaile Gray
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As you will note, I have updated the informational post after the stress test announcement to let everyone know that Elite Specializations will not be changed for this stress test.

Please keep in mind the objective of the stress test is not to preview or test skills or specializations, and that you will be performing a very valuable service if you care to join us during the stress test.

Thanks for understanding.

Gaile Gray
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Posted by: sorudo.9054

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most ppl are done at 17:00, they are not home till 18:00 at least.
first you ppl do it when ppl go to bed and then do it at the time ppl are not even home, good timing Anet -_-

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Posted by: Malerian.8435

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I will be at work. But that is ok. I can wait for the PoF release.

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Posted by: Menadena.7482

Menadena.7482

Nuuuuuu that is the day my mom moves into her new CCRC apartment!!! I’m pretty sure I won’t be free 3-5 pm my time

Have fun, those who can make it in

/me does some quick math

You live in the middle of the Atlantic?

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most ppl are done at 17:00, they are not home till 18:00 at least.
first you ppl do it when ppl go to bed and then do it at the time ppl are not even home, good timing Anet -_-

We conduct stress tests when the developers are able to participate. This is not a preview, this is a test with a purpose. We’re fully aware that not everyone will be able to participate, and we’re sorry. But asking the dev team to time-shift to work during night-time hours for a stress test would be counterproductive.

We thank those who choose to and are able to participate and we look forward to seeing everyone on September 22nd when we launch the game!

I will be at work. But that is ok. I can wait for the PoF release.

Thanks for being so understanding. The game will be better for everyone with the help of those who are able to participate, and I appreciate your positive attitude!

Gaile Gray
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