“Path of Fire” has been revealed as the second expansion pack for the critically acclaimed Guild Wars 2 and is scheduled to launch sooner than you think.

Past speculations were indeed correct and the upcoming new content will take players back to the Crystal Desert from the first installment, as well as another area called Elon. In total there will be five new zones for players to explore, and nine new “elite specialisations.”

Balthazar, the human god of war and fire, threatens the Crystal Desert and adjoining kingdom of Elona with his Forged legions. Players saw through the course of Living World Season 3 that Balthazar is determined to hunt Elder Dragons–and now he and his armies have invaded the desert to do just that. Now, Tyria’s fate hangs by a thread as players race to the desert to hunt down the rogue god before he can do any more damage to the delicate balance of magic.

According to president and co-founder Mike O’Brien, Path of Fire is “all about content” and features vast areas for players to explore. In that light, the second expansion pack will add mounts to travel across the world faster.

ArenaNet has highlighted three core benefits for pre-ordering the new expansion pack. These include the following:

  • The Spearmarshal’s Gift – A special gift from an anonymous friend in Elona. Players will use this to choose one weapon skin from the Sunspear Weapon Set.
  • “Elonia Envoy” title – Whether a new arrival to Elona or coming home, build bridges by displaying this symbol of respect and friendship.
  • Miniature Balthazar – This exclusive miniature replica of the god of War and Fire is on the warpath.

The standalone edition will cost players $30. However, it will also be available as a $50 bundle that includes the previous expansion, Heart of Thorns, as well. Both editions will include a character boost that raises one character’s level to 80. This also comes with a prescribed gear and amount of gold.

Path of Fire goes live on September 22.