ArenaNet has revealed the first details about the Guild Wars 2 Living Season 3 update that is slated for release on July 26th. Players will be able to pick up the story from the point where Heart of Thorns ended. Players will need to own Heart of Thorns and have a level 80 character to complete it. Once HoT is finished, the new episodes are unlocked and become playable.
How do I unlock the episodes?
Just as in Season 2, you can unlock each episode for free by logging in to Guild Wars 2 any time between the episode’s initial release and the release of the next episode. If you don’t ownGuild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, you can still log in to unlock the episode for free—it’ll be there waiting for you once you purchase the expansion!
Read the rest of the FAQ on the Guild Wars 2 site.