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Guild Wars 2 Launches in August

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The sequel to NCsoft's hit MMOG Guild Wars arrives in two months. Are you ready?

NCsoft and ArenaNet announced on Thursday that the long-awaited sequel to Guild Wars will be arriving on Windows PC in both Europe and North America on August 28, 2012. As with the original MMOG, Guild Wars 2 won't require a subscription, but the game itself will arrive in three versions, starting at $59.99.

"We’re offering gamers an experience that delivers on the promise of online gaming with a truly social experience in an immense, shared world," said Mike O’Brien, president and co-founder of ArenaNet. "After five years of creation, development, and polish, announcing the launch date of Guild Wars 2 is a huge milestone for us, but the thing we’re most looking forward to is seeing gamers from all over the globe explore this world and begin creating their own stories."

With the launch date now set, ArenaNet will have roughly two months to smooth things out before the MMOG goes live. The studio said it will focus on polishing Guild Wars 2 to ensure the highest quality experience on launch day (meaning no Diablo 3 blunders), which includes hosting a final Beta Weekend Event July 20-22, 2012.

"This is an incredibly momentous day for the studio and for me personally," Mike O’Brien added. "This journey began in 2007 when we first announced that we were beginning work on Guild Wars 2 and that you wouldn’t be hearing from us for a while. Then in 2010 we unveiled our manifesto for Guild Wars 2: a living breathing online world that challenges convention, that’s designed for fun instead of grind, and that brings social interaction to a new level in an online world."

"Through all the long hours and hard decisions, we were bolstered by the knowledge that we were not in this alone. All along you’ve been there for us, cheering us on, supporting us when we needed it, testing early versions of the game, and above all, giving us your honest feedback every step of the way. Guild Wars 2 is a better game for all of the work that our community has put in," he concluded.

Over on GameStop, the gaming retailer has three versions of Guild Wars 2 listed: the standard version costing $59.99, the Digital Deluxe Edition costing $79.99, and the Collector's Edition costing $149.99. This latter bundle includes a collectible metal box, a 10-inch Rytlock figurine, a custom art frame, portfolio, and five art prints, the Best of Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack CD, and a 122-page Making of Guild Wars 2 hardback book.

As for the Deluxe Edition, it features a Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite skill, a Rytlock miniature, a Golem Banker, a Chalice of Glory and a Tome of Influence.

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    samwelaye , June 29, 2012 5:35 AM
    FINALLY announced! Been waiting years for this
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2012 5:56 AM
    I can't wait! Go GW2!
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    elcentral , June 29, 2012 6:20 AM
    Anyone ells got the got the collectors edition out there !?
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    boyabunda , June 29, 2012 6:21 AM
    Can't wait for this to ruin my life!!

    Guild Wars 2 = Religion!
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    Flameout , June 29, 2012 6:42 AM
    elcentralAnyone ells got the got the collectors edition out there !?

    almost got the collectors edition but here in aus it was $200! and i hate eb games

    gw2 ftw!
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    LeetSpeak , June 29, 2012 7:27 AM
    Bad release date for me. That's right when school starts.
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    dudewitbow , June 29, 2012 7:29 AM
    LeetSpeakBad release date for me. That's right when school starts.


    Its also when Counter Strike: Global Offensive goes live to the public. I'm going to be so occupied with the population growth by then =X.
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    Onus , June 29, 2012 9:55 AM
    Been waiting for this one...this last beta weekend should tell me if my system is up to it or needs a CPU/mobo upgrade (GPU is HD7870).
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    jn77 , June 29, 2012 11:58 AM
    So its basicly 11-13 months behind schedule. I think they are working along the time lines that bilzzard did with dihhoblo 3
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    phishy714 , June 29, 2012 12:10 PM
    jn77 You're an idiot.

    There was no public schedule - the game has always been under the "we will release it when its ready" umbrella.
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    msgun98 , June 29, 2012 12:27 PM
    I never thought I'd see the day where GW2 would come out before Torchlight 2. Can't wait!
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    vmem , June 29, 2012 12:29 PM
    elcentralAnyone ells got the got the collectors edition out there !?

    Right there with you :D 
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    snotling , June 29, 2012 12:58 PM
    jn77So its basicly 11-13 months behind schedule. I think they are working along the time lines that bilzzard did with dihhoblo 3

    So you knew the schedule? why didn't you tell the whole world?
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    zak_mckraken , June 29, 2012 1:47 PM
    I sure hope the game will live up to expectations of the THG community. I've been reading comments of the like of "GW2 will kill WoW", "SWTOR won't match GW2", etc. for the past year. I agree that the MMO genre is slowing down and that the f2p model is what will keep games going.
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    electrontau , June 29, 2012 1:54 PM
    Will it be hailed as WoW killer or join other duds, most recently SW: TOR? Only time will tell....
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2012 2:03 PM
    It's an MMORPG, not an MMOG...
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    leongrado , June 29, 2012 2:08 PM
    Finally: "IT'S READY!"

    zak_mckrakenI sure hope the game will live up to expectations of the THG community. I've been reading comments of the like of "GW2 will kill WoW", "SWTOR won't match GW2", etc. for the past year. I agree that the MMO genre is slowing down and that the f2p model is what will keep games going.


    I'm pretty sure this is not a F2P game. Unless you consider paying $60 "free" which would make about 95% of the games out there "free" or "less than free". B2P (buy to play) would be a better term or you could even go as far as saying that doesn't fall under any model just as any game that's not an MMO and has multiplayer would not fall under any defined model.

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    Wixman , June 29, 2012 3:50 PM
    It's also about the same time that the founders versions of Mechwarrior Online go live. Too many games, too little time. Mwomercs.com giant robots blasting each other ftw!
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    burmese_dude , June 29, 2012 4:22 PM
    Going to Vegas that weekend but I'm not going to be happy about it. Buffetts will just have to satisfy me for not being able to play GW2.
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2012 11:31 PM
    I've played 2 gw2 beta event weekends...this is a true next gen mmo with no sub fees. The micro-transaction stuff is purely cosmetic. The game is beautiful, dynamic, and interesting. It has been years since a game made me want to run home and play. This one is it. Worth every penny.
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