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Guild Wars 2 creature photoshoot sparks monster scare in China (update)

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A creature resembling Gollum from The Lord of the Rings that was spotted in the woods of China's Huairou region earlier this week isn't the menace that it was initially made out to be, according to reports from ET Today and the Telegraph.

The creature in question was an actor made up to look like an Asura, one of the in-game races from ArenaNet's massively multiplayer online role-playing game Guild Wars 2. The made-up actor was taking a break near a stream — the Telegraph reports the Huairou government stated the actor had been "taking a loo-break" — while still in costume when a man camping nearby spotting him through the trees. "Terrified," the man snapped several photos and shared them online, where they quickly spread via Weibo, China's Twitter-like social networking service.

The Guild Wars 2 Weibo account responded by uploading photos proving the creature was a man in prosthetics and makeup, noting the photoshoot was to promote the online game in China.

More photos of the man in the Asura costume can be found on Xinhuanet. This photoshoot stir occurred a little over one month after Guild Wars 2 officially launched in China on May 15. The second season of the title's Living World storyline will launch in all other available regions on July 1.

Update: When contact for comment, a representative from ArenaNet stated: "The rock and pool, is nice and cool, so juicy sweet." This is a phrase that the character Gollum sings to himself in the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. This statement likely alludes to people describing the Guild Wars 2 creature as "like Gollum."

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