ArenaNet, creators of the highly-anticipated online role-playing game, Guild Wars, and NCsoft Corporation today confirmed that the beta process has entered its final stage as dates are confirmed for the very last beta weekend event.

Friday, 15th April marks the beginning of three action-packed days, when preorder customers from across the globe will battle it out against the Charr and each other.

Gameplanet Store reports it has secured stock of Guild Wars and the Guild Wars Collector's Edition, and will be emailing pre-order keys this weekend so that customers will be ready for the beta event.

Dirk Metzger, marketing director at NCsoft Europe, says: "Demand for Guild Wars has been huge across Europe. We've seen it top the preorder charts in the UK, France , Germany and Scandinavia and this last beta weekend event offers eager gamers a real opportunity to experience the Guild Wars beta for the last time before release on 28th April."

More than 500,000 players have participated in public preview events in the US and Europe. In Korea, Guild Wars was named the number one most anticipated game of 2005 by the Electronic Times.

Guild Wars is an online role-playing game that rewards player skill. Players explore a rich fantasy game world, acquire skills, build personalised characters and compete in head-to-head guild battles with friends around the world. It is the first title from ArenaNet, which was founded by some of the key members of the creative teams behind the hit games Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo.

ArenaNet has created a unique, global game world that invites players from around the world to play together seamlessly. There are no sharded servers, no language-specific versions of the game and nothing to keep players from exploring the game world with friends from other countries.

More information about Guild Wars and the upcoming Beta Weekend Event can be found at Guildwars.com.