Guild Wars 2 will be running a third and final Beta Weekend Event planned for July 20-22. The have announced that both Asura and Sylvari will be playable races in the final beta.
For asura players, this means beginning your tale in Metrica Province, a vivid, exotic jungle area full of high-tech laboratories, quirky golems, and competing krewes of mad scientists. Nearby, the massive monoliths of the asuran capital Rata Sum hum with technomagical power. These diminutive geniuses may seem cute at first glance, but never underestimate an asura…
Sylvari players begin their story in the Grove, a luminous living city nestled in the shade of the Pale Tree, the “mother” of every member of this young race of plant humanoids. The sylvari are an enigmatic race of chivalrous explorers who are driven by an insatiable curiosity and guided by a collective Dream.
In addition they are adding a new map, Brisban Wildlands, which is a remote jungle adjacent to the lands of the asura, sylvari, and humans.
Mini-games will be added as well, so far it has been confirmed that norn keg brawl and asuran chess are available. I have a feeling that one mini-game will be available per main city.
The new vistas feature will be available. Vistas are similar to the Assassin’s Creed bird’s eye view as they show you the region in a sweeping cut-scene and they take some jumping or maneuvering to access.
A new PvP map “Legacy of the Foefire,” will be availbe and draws quaite a bit of inspiration from some Guild Wars PvP maps.
They have added many more changes which you can view on the ArenaNet blog.