You don’t have to own the game or have the expansion pre-ordered to play for free.
Ahead of its September 22nd launch, Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire expansion is on public display this weekend through Sunday, August 13th for players to try for free. ArenaNet has previously said we’ll be playing only the first chunk of the storyline and tripping to the Crystal Desert, where we can explore the Crystal Oasis map and test out the mount system with the raptor.
The event will be open to everyone, with no catches: Sign up here if you’re not already a Guild Wars 2 player, then log in during the appropriate time and have at it. “You’ll be able to play the first part of the Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire story, which will kick off your journey to the Crystal Desert,” developer ArenaNet explained. “Once you arrive, the Amnoon Oasis map is yours to explore. Take in the sights, unlock the raptor mount, and have fun with other players!”
Anyone can play without needing to own either Guild Wars 2 or to have pre-ordered Path of Fire. Simply register for an account, download the client and get started as soon as servers open.