Guild Wars Nightfall
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Release & Beyond
What is Guild Wars Nightfall?
Guild Wars Nightfall is the third campaign in the Guild Wars saga. It follows the second campaign, Guild Wars Factions, and the original game, Guild Wars Prophecies.
What is the release date of Nightfall?
Guild Wars Nightfall will be released worldwide on October 27, 2006.
When do the game servers "go live" for Nightfall?
Nightfall service will officially begin at 12:01 am PDT (7:01 GMT) on October 27, 2006.
Is there a Collector's Edition?
Yes. The highly coveted, limited run, Collector's Edition will include the Guild Wars Nightfall game as well as a Making of Guild Wars Nightfall behind-the-scenes DVD, a collector's art book, collectible skill pins, a character mini-standee, a poster-sized map of Elona, the Guild Wars Nightfall soundtrack CD, and more. The Collector's Edition will be available on the same date as the Standard Edition, October 27, 2006.
Does Nightfall introduce any subscription or other fees?
No. In keeping with the spirit of previous campaigns, Nightfall does not require a monthly fee to play.
Will Nightfall have a simultaneous worldwide release?
Yes. There will be a simultaneous worldwide release for Nightfall.
Is Nightfall an expansion pack or a stand-alone game?
Nightfall is a stand-alone product. Those who own Prophecies and/or Factions are not required to purchase Nightfall in order to continue playing on their game account, and those who purchase Nightfall may play it without purchasing Prophecies and/or Factions. However, there is a high level of interconnection between the three games that makes having all of them an exceptional experience.
Is there separate content in each of the Guild Wars campaigns?
Yes. Because each Guild Wars campaign is self-standing, it is possible for a player to enjoy the contents of one, two, or all three games. Each campaign offers a complete experience through an engaging story and gameplay mechanics that are unique to that particular campaign. Players who own all three campaigns and have chosen to link their accounts may have their characters travel back and forth at will between the regions of Tyria, Cantha, and Elona. In addition, each campaign offers access to the PvP-oriented Battle Isles. Naturally, there will be content that spans the three campaigns that will make having all of them very appealing.
Was there a Nightfall Preview Event?
Yes, from September 22–24, 2006, anyone at all, with or without a Guild Wars account, was invited to join the Nightfall World Preview Event.
What was the overall reaction to the Nightfall World Preview Event?
The event was extremely successful. In fact, it set several records for participation and player hours, as reported in a post-event press release.
Are there any demo versions of Nightfall available?
A demo key was published in the August and September issues of Massive Online Gaming (US) and a Guild Wars Buddy Key is packaged in the Nightfall Standard and Collector's Edition. That key can be shared with a friend, granting ten hours of play over a maximum of 14 days on a new Nightfall account. In addition, several European publications will be offering demo keys over the next few months.
Is there any sort of prerelease package?
Yes. The Prerelease Bonus Pack became available in stores beginning on September 15, 2006. It includes an extra character slot for Nightfall, as well as in-game items and other merchandise. For a complete list of details, please check the Prerelease webpage.
Will those who pre-order Nightfall be given early access to the game?
No, there will be no early access for Nightfall.
Are there plans to expand the Alpha Testing for Nightfall, or to offer public Beta events?
There are no plans to expand the Alpha or Beta testing programs. The Nightfall World Preview Event offered an opportunity to test out Nightfall before its October 27th release.
Accounts & Characters
If I own more than one copy of Prophecies or Factions, will I need to purchase more than one copy of Nightfall?
Yes, if you have multiple Prophecies and/or Factions accounts, and if you want to access all the new content of Nightfall on each of those accounts, you will need one copy of Nightfall for each copy of Guild Wars and/or Factions that you own. The choice is yours, though, and you are not required to link any of your accounts with any others.
Will I be able to take my existing characters to the new areas in Nightfall? Do they keep their items, their levels, etc?
If you purchase Nightfall and add your access key to an existing account, you will be able to travel to the new land, Elona, with your characters from Prophecies or Factions. Inventory items, skills, and other possessions and attainments from previous campaigns remain yours and are useable within Nightfall.
What are the advantages of adding my Nightfall Access Key to my merged Guild Wars (original Prophecies campaign) and Factions account?
When you add the retail version of Nightfall to your existing merged account, your existing characters gain full access to the Nightfall content. You can travel back and forth between continents, gathering new skills and items from all three campaigns, using skills you find on one continent to help you complete quests and missions on the other continent.
Your existing characters can choose to take Dervish or Paragon as a secondary profession, or you can create a new Dervish or Paragon character and then travel back to the continent of Tyria to play missions from the original Prophecies campaign with that character or to Cantha to take part in missions and quests from Factions.
You can create PvP characters using a mix of professions, skills, and items from all three campaigns, and have access to the widest possible array of strategies for PvP. And if you own only one of the previous campaigns, you will gain comparable benefits on a smaller scale. Merging accounts gives you access to two continents, and the ability to choose the core professions and either two or four additional professions, depending on the combination of campaigns that you select.
How do I link my current account with Nightfall?
When you purchase Nightfall, you will find an access key in the package (or will receive an access key from the PlayNC website, if you purchase online). Simply open the Guild Wars log-in screen and follow the prompts to add the Nightfall Access Key to your Guild Wars account. Once you have done so, you will have access to all Nightfall content, as well as all content from the prior campaign(s) you have installed.
If I do not link my current account with Nightfall and I install Nightfall as a standalone game, can I link them together later?
No. You must make a decision about linking your Guild Wars/Guild Wars Nightfall accounts when you first set up Guild Wars Nightfall. We are not able to link or merge accounts at a later date.
If I install Nightfall as a standalone game, and I have no other campaigns installed and no current Guild Wars account, can I install previous or future campaigns at a later date?
Yes. We encourage players who enjoy Nightfall to add prior campaigns to their account at any time.
How many character slots does Nightfall offer?
Guild Wars players can gain character slots in a variety of different ways. The following is a breakdown of how these slots are acquired.
- Players acquire 4 base character slots with the purchase of their first Guild Wars campaign.
- Each subsequent campaign purchase adds 2 character slots when linked to the original account.
- Players may also purchase up to 26 character slots in the Guild Wars Official Store for $9.99 per slot.
- Players can acquire 1 bonus character slot by redeeming a Nightfall Bonus Key, which is found in the Nightfall Pre-Order Edition. This key will be active upon release of Nightfall and the addition of a Nightfall Access Key.
If I do not purchase Nightfall, will I be able to create Dervishes or Paragons either as primary or secondary professions?
No. Dervishes and Paragons are exclusive to Nightfall and will not be accessible to players who have not purchased that campaign.
Will I be able to team up with Dervish and Paragon players if I don't buy Nightfall?
While you will not be able to create a Dervish or Paragon unless you purchase Nightfall, you will, of course, be able to interact with those who own Nightfall when you join cooperative ventures or competitive matches.
Will my characters from prior campaigns be able to equip Dervish and Paragon items?
A Prophecies or Factions character is able to equip any non-customized item. However, because the character lacks the associated attribute, the character's use of such items will not be particularly adept.
Can I trade my Nightfall items to those who do not own Nightfall?
Yes, you may trade items. However, such items cannot be equipped if they are customized items or if they are pieces of armor, which are always customized to an individual character.
Can people who own different campaigns play with one another?
Each campaign—Prophecies, Factions, and Nightfall—offers access to a specific continent or area of a continent. If you own just one of the campaigns, you will have access to that campaign's home area as well as the Battle Isles. If you and your friend own different campaigns, you can play with and against one another only on the Battle Isles. If you own three campaigns, but your friend owns only one of the campaigns—for example, your friend owns Nightfall—you can play together in Elona, the home region of Nightfall, and of course on the Battle Isles as well.
Will the character level ceiling of 20 be raised with Nightfall?
No, the maximum character level will remain at 20 for Nightfall. The level cap of 20 is a fundamental balance mechanism for the Guild Wars series, which offers games that revolve around player skill. The leveling system allows you to track your progress as you start a character. But by Level 20, your character is fully trained and is ready to experience the most exciting content in the game. Additionally, the title system give players something to work for after reaching the level cap.
Why is the new game called Nightfall?
The story centers on a mad ruler attempting to summon an outcast god and bring permanent darkness to Elona.
Where does Nightfall take place?
Nightfall takes place in Elona, a region of the world connected to the continent of Tyria but accessible only by sea.
How do I get to Elona?
Players who own Nightfall and one or both of the prior campaigns can travel between the regions by boat through Lion's Arch in Tyria, Kaineng Center in Cantha, or Kamadan in Elona, depending on which campaign(s) they possess.
What new professions does Nightfall introduce to Guild Wars?
The scythe-wielding Dervish and spear-throwing Paragon.
What PvP changes can I expect to see in Nightfall?
For the ultimate one-on-one challenge, competitive players can choose to enter the new Hero vs. Hero Battles, where they group with a custom team of Heroes and fight against other players from around the world and their customized groups of Heroes.
Will Nightfall have new guild emblems?
Yes, the Guild Wars Art Team has created new emblems for Nightfall. Some of these were added in game updates in September and October, prior to the release of the game. Additional Nightfall-related emblems were created by players and will be added to the game soon after release.
Are there different special items offered by international region?
Players will be able to gain the Fiery Sunspear of Shelter and the Icy Soulbreaker of Enchanting by purchasing the Nightfall Pre-Order Edition. There are no plans to release different items for different regions.
Technical & Support
Can I buy Nightfall from the in-game NCSoft store?
Yes, Nightfall will be available via the Official (online) Store on October 27, 2006.
Are other items available in the Guild Wars Official (online) Store?
At the present time, we offer character slots and access keys for Prophecies and Factions. On October 27, you can purchase access keys for Nightfall, as well. We are collecting feedback from the community of players for ideas about what we might offer in the future through the online store.
What languages will Nightfall support?
Nightfall will support Chinese Traditional, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish at its release.
Does the addition of Nightfall introduce any new languages to the Guild Wars saga?
There will be no additional language support available for Nightfall at its launch. However, there is a strong possibility that additional languages will be added to Guild Wars in the future.
What are the minimum and recommended system specifications for Guild Wars Nightfall?
Minimum System Specs:
- Windows XP/2000/ME/98
- Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz or equivalent
- 512 MB RAM
- CD-ROM Drive
- 3 GB Available HDD Space
- ATI Radeon 8500 or GeForce 3 Series Video Card with 64MB of VRAM
- 16-bit Sound Card
- Internet connection
- Keyboard and mouse
- DirectX 8
Recommended System Specs:
- Windows XP/2000
- Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or equivalent
- 1 GB RAM
- CD-ROM Drive
- 4 GB Available HDD Space
- ATI Radeon 9600 or GeForce FX 5700 Series Video Card or above
- Sound Blaster® X-FiTM series Sound Card
- Internet connection
- Keyboard and mouse
- DirectX 9
Updated 6 December 2006