Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire screenshot of the Raptor mount

Guild Wars 2's Path of Fire expansion will be coming this September, bringing with it a whole bunch of new content to play around with. We'll be able to explore the Crystal Desert and the adjoining kingdom of Elona, fight against the Human god of war Balthazar and his metallic minions, acquire all sorts of mounts that all come with unique abilities, and naturally, mess around with nine new Elite Specializations.

As you might imagine from the title, it is exactly these nine new Elite Specializations that the upcoming Open Beta will be covering. From August 18th until August 20th you'll be able to try out your new favorites in PvP and WvW, though do bear in mind that your progress and loot will not carry over to normal servers. More importantly, this Open Beta event will be available for free to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or someone playing on the free-to-play version, you'll still be able to log in on August 18th and see what the new 'classes' are all about.

If you don't know much about the new Elite Specializations, and who can blame you given that they have only recently been announced, you'll find a brief overview in the most recent Developer Diary video down below. Its not exactly a detailed video, but it should be enough to give you a good idea of just what kind of madness you're getting yourself into. Enjoy!