There will be another stress test open to pre-purchase customers today (August 10th), this time running from 4:00 PM PACIFIC Time to 8:00 PM PACIFIC Time. The usual disclaimer applies, so keep in mind that this is indeed a stress test and the ArenaNet team will be actively working on the game during the event.
Given the rough start to the event yesterday, I somewhat anticipated we'd be seeing at least one more stress test prior to the head start weekend that kicks off in just under two weeks. Hopefully these back-to-back stress tests are giving the team plenty of data to help insure the head-start and official launch go off without a hitch!
For the morbidly curious, the original announcement for yesterday's stress test can be found below...
If you didn't already hear the news via the official Guild Wars 2 Facebook page, there will be another stress test today from 12:00 Noon PACIFIC Time to 4:00 PM PACIFIC Time. As with the previous stress test, this one will be open to anyone who pre-purchased the game, but be warned that the team will also once again be actively working on the game for the duration of the test.
The official info about the stress test is as follows:
We will be conducting a stress test on Thursday, August 9 from 12:00 Noon PACIFIC Time to 4:00 PM PACIFIC Time.
The stress test is open to anyone who has pre-purchased Guild Wars 2.
We will be actively working on the game during the event, so you might experience connectivity problems or discover features that are not working as designed. Any issues you experience are a result of the rigorous conditions of the stress test, and are in no way representative of the state of the game at launch. By participating in this stress test, you’re helping us make Guild Wars 2 a better game. Thanks for your cooperation—we’ll see you in-game!
This is obviously great news for those of you out there like myself who are itching to get back into the game. While a brief testing period, it both helps the ArenaNet team insure that the game is in great shape for launch, and gives eager fans another chance to scamper around Tyria for a few more hours before the head start kicks off in two weeks.
In the meantime, hopefully ArenaNet will also work out a more centralized location to disseminate important announcements like the one for Today's stress test. While I personally don't mind following the official game site, forums, developer site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Reddit, or anywhere else important info keeps popping up, it's a bit taxing on your fans to expect them to pay attention to so many sources of official news.