So, I know a lot of people wanted to just make one official GW2 thread because a lot have been popping up, so I am going to put most of the information we know about the game here for discussion.
Just to clarify: Yes, you can jump in Guild Wars 2. Yes, it is an open and persistent world. Yes, there is no monthly fee.
How much will GW2 cost?
There is no official pricing yet, but it will most likely cost $50-60 USD.
Will GW2 have a monthly fee?
No, the game will be B2P (buy to play), which means you only pay for the game itself and future expansions.
Will there be micro transactions?
Yes, there will be a store where you can buy items, but ArenaNet has stated the items will be purely cosmetic and are not necessary to play the game.
Is GW2 a true MMO?
Yes, GW2 will be open world and persistent like other MMOs.
I saw a release date for the game at GameStop, Amazon, Steam, etc. It this the real release date?
No, the game does not have an official release date yet. ArenaNet will announce the official release date.
When will GW2 be released?
When will there be a Beta?
Based off the official FAQ, we should see a closed beta in 2011 and possibly an open beta in 2011 as well.
How do I get into the Beta?
No one but ArenaNet knows yet. It will mostly be done the same way as other games, which have you sign up and are randomly select players.
Is the development on track?
No one but ArenaNet really knows, but they stated the game should be out by 2011 a while back, and that seems like a possibility, so I think the development is on track.
How will character names work in GW2?
You will be able to have a one or two word name with a maximum length of 19 characters (counting spaces).
Will professions be restricted by race?
No, all races can play any profession.
Can I import my GW1 character to GW2?
No, but you will be able to reserve character names and transfer some achievements to GW2 through the Hall of Monuments.
What will character creation be like?
We have yet to see a demo on this, but ArenaNet has said they have an advanced character creation system which will allow you to custom your characters face, height, and much more.
Will there be achievements?
Yes there will be achievements in GW2. Check this link for more information http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Achievement
How does weapon swapping work?
You are able to have two weapons sets while in combat to swap. So, you could dual wield axes for weapon set 1 and have a great sword for weapon set 2 and switching between those would be instant, but there is a short delay before you can swap again. When you switch weapons, the first 5 skills on your bar will change depending on what weapon you are using. Also, when you are out of combat you can switch to any weapon you want and switch what weapon sets you have.
Will there be raids?
ArenaNet said there will not be dungeons that hold more than 5 player teams, but there will be world boss events which scale up to any amount of players, which could take place of the "raids" people enjoy.
Are there auto attacks?
There are no auto white attacks like WoW or Rift, but you can select a skill to be an auto attack. You only do damage if you use a skill and there are no white attacks that go off after you use a skill.
How does targeting work?
Targeting works similar to the way it does in WoW for enemies. However, there is no ally targeting. If you need to revive an ally you must go up to them to do so, if you want to heal an ally you have to use a ground effect heal or an aoe heal.
GDC Dynamic Events Presentation - Must See
PAX 2011 Panel 1, Panel 2, Panel 3, Panel 4
Gamescom Demo 2010
Gamescom Demo 2010 - 2
Races of Tyria
Pure Gameplay footage
All profession skill videos can be found on the official site: http://www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/professions/
Underwater Combat / Dungeons
Comparing land and underwater combat
Gamespot underwater combat
Ghosts of Ascalon Dungeon Intro
Ghosts of Ascalon Dungeon Combat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBqP1LYXTfM - Inteview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKS3M...eature=related - PAX Prime Match 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3yk1aVtg-s - PAX Prime Match 2
Everything We Know - MMORPG
Thanks Snowy for the post. I couldn't add as much as I wanted earlier because I didn't have time.
If anything else needs to be added leave a post.