Guild Wars splinters into Factions

"Next chapter" in the MMORPG introduces a new campaign and plenty of other fresh features

Guild Wars is expanding. NCSoft has announced Guild Wars: Factions, you see, which the company describes as both a new campaign and the "next chapter" in the MMORPG title.

Due in the second half of the year, Guild Wars: Factions introduces a heap of new content, with the likes of new regions, professions, skills, missions and monsters being packed in and accompanied by "expanded options for both Cooperative and Player-versus-Player (PvP) play, and enhanced features for guilds," says NCSoft.

It might not be out for a few months but there's a teaser materialising imminently. Interested parties will actually get their first opportunity to dip a toe into the Factions pie when ArenaNet opens its servers to everyone for the grand-sounding Guild Wars: Factions Global Free-for-All PvP Weekend. It's a worldwide event which runs from January 20 to January 22 and will be open to existing Guild Wars players as well as new disciples - ArenaNet is distributing free access keys to the event at

Venture into the event and you'll be allowed to fiddle with two new professions being introduced in the campaign, the Assassin and the Ritualist, and you'll additionally be able to test out new profession skills. Plus, you'll get the chance to familiarise yourself with the new PvP continent, Battle Isles, which, states Mr Press Release "will introduce players to new PvP experiences, new and expanded arenas, new quests, and a new explorable area as well."