When “Refer a Friend” systems are implemented into MMOG’s, it tends to make me a little nervous. Perhaps it’s the cynic in me, but it instantly shouts “We are losing players!” although in reality, it’s a system that’s sensible to have even if your game isn’t. For those who have been waiting to purchase, this is exactly what they needed to road test Guild Wars 2.
In ArenaNet’s defence, the fact the “Refer a Friend” offer is only available for several days, during the Lost Shores event, suggests their population is absolutely fine and it’s simply an opportunity to entice as many as possible to experience this one time event.
You can see the full quote from Martin Kerstein below or here.
We want you to experience Guild Wars 2 and Lost Shores with your friends, so on Monday November 12, we will turn on Refer a Friend Free Trial. You will be able to invite up to 3 Friends to play Guild Wars 2 with you for free from November 15-18.
To do so, you need a Guild Wars 2 account in good standing that was created before 23:59 PST (7:59 GMT) on November 6.
We will give you more details once the program goes live, but start thinking about who you want to invite!