Guild Wars: Eye of the North now available

  • Bellevue (WA) - The first full expansion to Guild Wars is now available, adding to the massive subscription-free online game world.

    Guild Wars: Eye of the North is available at retailers as well as in the form of a digital download from Guild Wars' in-game store.  In addition to new campaigns and environments, the expansion adds 150 new character skills, 10 new Hero characters, 40 new armor sets and numerous new weapons and items.

    Guild Wars, which has sold more than four million copies, is one of the most popular alternatives to other online role-playing games, like World of Warcraft, which charge users a monthly fee.

    Other campaigns have been released, namely Guild Wars Factions and Guild Wars Nightfall, but publisher NCSoft says Eye of the North is the first official expansion to the game.  Guild Wars 2 is expected to go into public beta in the second half of next year.

    The new expansion pack carries a retail price of around $40.