ArenaNet just announced that the core game of Guild Wars 2 is now available for free. Yes, you can download and play through Guild Wars 2 for free right now, but there are some limitations on this.

As far as I've seen, the limitations on the free accounts are as follows:
  • 2 character slots (5 with paid account)
  • 3 bag slots (5 with paid account)
  • Send in-game mail to friends only, no attachments allowed
  • Can send whispers to different people in the same zone only once every 30 seconds
  • Restricted Trading Post (player-to-player auction house)
  • No access to the Guild bank
  • No bonus for daily logins
  • No conversions of Gold to Gems
  • No forum access
  • And more...

Also announced today were the inclusion of 10-player Raids for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. The expansion, due out on October 23 will task a team with tackling challenging puzzles, enemies, and bosses. The first raid will be released in three parts shortly after the release of Heart of Thorns. ArenaNet feels that this staggered rollout will give players enough time to learn new Masteries and skills ahead of time.

Check out some screenshots for the new Raids below.