The final beta for Guild Wars 2′s pre-release schedule ended at midnight pacific time with all players in the Metrica Province being pitted against one another in an hour-long Hunger Games-styled contest known as Hunger Royale.
In the contest, players on four teams fought off starvation as they sought out opposing players who were hopefully carrying rations of food. Equipped with rifles and a number of tools ranging from shield walls to cloaking and teleportation abilities, players were told that in order to survive, they had to kill other players or find rations that were scattered around the map. Rations, when consumed, helped regenerate back some of the health lost to starvation. Upon death, players turned into robots capable of sensing nearby players, dropping ammunition and setting up shields to protect still living players on their team.
Roughly ten minutes prior to the end of the event, the Hunger Royale ended, with all items from the Hunger Royale changing into Boxes of Fun. The servers went offline at around 12:02 a.m. pacific time.
Guild Wars 2 will be released on August 28, 2012, with those having access to the three-day head-start getting access to the game beginning Saturday, August 25.