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Guild Wars 2 Open Beta & 2012 Release Confirmed

[ Thu 26th Jan, 2012 @ 5:06pm ] by Darkademic

Finally it is upon us. A few days ago, Mike O' Brien—founder and president of ArenaNet—made a blog post heralding the year of the dragon and confirming that Guild Wars 2 will be released later this year.

The post also includes details of the beta events that will be held for GW2. Selected press will be granted access to the beta in February, and then in March/April access will be ramped up so that many players will be able to test the game out.

Mike purposefully avoided using the term "open beta" because unlike many MMOs released over the past few years, GW2 will not have a fully open beta. I think this is a wise decision, as the open betas held by previous games haven't really been beta tests at all, but rather an opportunity to play the game before it's released. ArenaNet's approach means that they actually want to use the beta events for testing the game and identifying any issues that need working out prior to release.

Needless to say, this is exciting news, and I personally didn't expect it quite so early. It's not unreasonable to assume that Guild Wars 2 may be released around June/July, of course depending on how the beta tests go.

Aside from all that, we're continuing to recruit new members and are slowly but surely bringing [DkR] back to life after a long break.