In a few short days those who have pre-ordered the game will have the opportunity to actually play Guild Wars 2. The closed beta starts on April 27th. Those who are eligible will receive an e-mail confirmation in the near future.

From the press release:

    NCsoft and ArenaNet, the developers of Guild Wars 2, are excited to announce the first public Beta Weekend Event for Guild Wars 2. From 27th-29th April, hundreds of thousands of fans who have pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 will get their first chance to explore the world of Tyria.

    The only way players can guarantee access to Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend Events is to pre-purchase the Guild Wars 2 Collector’s, Digital Deluxe, or Standard/Digital Editions. In addition to access to our Beta Weekend Events, players will receive three-day Headstart Access prior to launch and the exclusive Hero’s Band in-game item. Pre-Purchase is available at buy.guildwars2.com or from selected retailers.

    Eligible players should look for an email coming from NCsoft with additional information on how to download the client and additional account registration information.