Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns First Beta Weekend This Week, gamescom 2015 Screens

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns picks up where Season 2 left off, with players journeying deeper into the Heart of Maguuma
NCSOFT and ArenaNet announced that the first publicly accessible beta for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns will get a preview on the show floor at gamescom then launch worldwide as the first official Beta Weekend Event for players who pre-purchased the game. In this first test, players will have a chance to experience the first story instances in the expansion’s new area, the Heart of Maguuma Jungle, as well as playtest the revenant, an all-new profession with attacks and abilities that draw their powers from legends of Guild Wars lore. They will be among the first to try out the new elite specializations that introduce new weapons and skills for each profession in the game. They also get to test the new masteries system, a new endgame progression system that replaces linear leveling and gives players choices in the new skills, abilities and rewards they pursue.
ArenaNet will debut a demo showcasing a portion of the content that's playable in the beta test on the show floor starting on gamescom's opening day on Wednesday, August 5, and running until the show ends on Sunday, August 9.
Update: twelve screenshots found their way in our gallery.