Headset, Mouse, Keyboard and Mousepads Provide Players with Enhanced Gameplay and an Immersive Guild Wars 2 Experience
LOS ANGELES – E3 – June 4, 2012 – SteelSeries, the leading global manufacturer of gaming peripherals, in partnership with ArenaNet, the world’s premier developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), today announced a new line-up of gaming peripherals for Guild Wars 2.
Created in collaboration with ArenaNet, the line-up includes the Guild Wars 2® Gaming Headset, a slim profile, on-ear headset design that delivers a quality, immersive audio experience, and the Guild Wars 2® Gaming Mouse, an ambidextrous mouse that features seven programmable buttons, red illumination, and industry-leading technology. Both products are highlighted by the distinctive look of the Guild Wars 2 logo. The Guild Wars 2® QcK Mousepads are available in three designs, including the stylized dragon logo and the heroes Logan Thackeray and Eir Stegalkin. The Guild Wars 2® Gaming Keyboard rounds out the product line-up with an entirely new design that features SteelSeries Engine software for ease of use and advanced functionality as well as game-specific shortcuts; additional details about the keyboard will be unveiled later this year.
“Choosing the right peripherals partner for the Guild Wars 2 family of products was incredibly important. Making the decision to go with SteelSeries was about more than just choosing the best looking designs, but also about choosing a team whose products enhance the game experience and is recognized for delivering premium quality peripherals to gamers,” said Randall Price, ArenaNet SVP of Global Business. “We’re ecstatic about the upcoming release of Guild Wars 2 and excited to work with SteelSeries to bring these co-branded products to Guild Wars fans.”
“We’re incredibly proud of this product line-up and are excited to have worked on their design with the ArenaNet team,” said Kim Rom, SteelSeries CMO. “These peripherals are based on some of the best technology available and will offer players an immersive and overall enhanced experience from their first clicks into Tyria to their entirely new journey through the game.”
Guild Wars 2® Gaming Headset – $99.99 / €99.99
The Guild Wars 2 Headset is a slim-profile, on-ear design featuring red ear cushions made of a mesh, SNDBlock material that delivers superbly engineered in-game sound via 40mm driver units. Its matte white headband and glossy white, red, and black logo design on the outer earcups exemplify the iconic Guild Wars 2 look and feel. Built for portability and ease of use, its travel-friendly design allows the earcups to fold inward and lay flat when wearing the headset around the neck; it also collapses at the earcup hangers for quick and compact storage. The headset includes a red 3.5mm PC cable connection with an in-line, omni-directional microphone and mute controls for gaming and online chat. For maximum flexibility, the Guild Wars 2 Headset also offers 2 input jacks – one on each side of the headset – which allows for two user options: to choose which side the microphone cable can be plugged into, and the ability to “daisy chain” or plug in another headset so that multiple users can listen to the game at once.
The Guild Wars 2® Gaming Mouse – $69.99 / €69.99
The design aesthetics of the Guild Wars 2® Gaming Mouse were as important to the designers as the hardware features. Its rubberized soft-touch coating is hand-sweat resistant, which allows for exceptional grip and comfort during long battles. The dynamic white, red, and black dragon icon is synonymous with the game, evoking the artistry of the Guild Wars 2 in-game world. Red illumination and up to 4 different levels of pulsation options can be adjusted at the scroll wheel, CPI toggle light and the Guild Wars 2 logo for a custom user experience.
With best-in-class hardware switches, a pro-grade laser sensor ranging up to 5,700 CPI, the Guild Wars 2 Mouse is designed to deliver players the best in gaming performance. Its ambidextrous, all-grip design includes 7 programmable buttons, all of which can be completely customized with SteelSeries Engine software. The software provides users with the ability to create macros and utilize pre-defined profiles for Guild Wars 2 as well as create and store an unlimited amount of profiles within the SteelSeries Engine.
The Guild Wars 2 Mouse also features:
• XL-size high-performance UPE material feet for a smooth, consistent glide
• 2m / 6.5ft red rubber cord
Guild Wars 2® QcK Mousepads – $14.99 / €14.99
The Guild Wars 2 QcK Mousepads have non-slip rubber bases to keep from moving and optimized texture surfaces for a smooth and consistent glide. The SteelSeries QcK Guild Wars 2 Logo Edition features the red, white, and black dragon logo while the SteelSeries QcK Guild Wars 2 Logan Edition and the SteelSeries QcK Guild Wars 2 Eir Edition each feature an image of the iconic human guardian and norn ranger heroes from the game.
Guild Wars 2® Gaming Keyboard
The premium Guild Wars 2 branded keyboard will be released later this year. More details about the keyboard design as well as hardware and software features will be release closer to its availability.
For more details of the full product line-up of SteelSeries’ Guild Wars® 2 Peripherals please visit http://steelseries.com/guildwars2 and be sure to follow SteelSeries’ social media communities on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr for upcoming Guild Wars 2 contests and peripherals giveaways leading up to game launch.
SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals, including headsets, keyboards, mice, software and gaming surfaces. For the past decade, SteelSeries has been on the forefront of competitive gaming gear thanks to continued innovation and product development in cooperation with leading professional gaming teams. SteelSeries also supports the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and electronic sports leagues through professional team sponsorships, partnerships, and community support all over the world. For more information, please visit http://steelseries.com
ABOUT GUILD WARS 2:
Guild Wars 2 is a visually stunning MMO that will offer players the epic grandeur of a massive role playing environment combined with innovative combat mechanics, dynamic events, and customized personal storytelling. Building on the success of Guild Wars, NCsoft and game developer ArenaNet™ are creating an MMO that lets gamers play the way they want, while at the same time retaining the no-subscription-fee business model that made the original Guild Wars so popular. For more information about Guild Wars 2, visit www.GuildWars2.com.
PR for SteelSeries