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Ad Says Guild Wars 2 Next Month

Kotaku has a photo of an ad found in in a Fry's store in Texas promoting preorders of Guild Wars 2, offering a June 28, 2012 date for ArenaNet's MMORPG sequel. Noting that GameStop lists a June 26th date for the game, they reached out to NCsoft and received the following response: "We have not released an official launch date within 2012 as feedback from our closed and open marketing betas will help us determine an exact release date. We will release Guild Wars 2 when it is ready."

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23. Re: Ad Says Guild Wars 2 Next Month May 16, 2012, 03:55 Droniac
PropheT wrote on May 16, 2012, 00:44:
The magic release day patch, ah yes. It's a mythical creature commonly mentioned on message boards leading up to the release date of a game that's clearly not done yet. "Don't you realize we're just testing an outdated version?!?" is my personal favorite version of this.

In general I'd agree with this. With ArenaNet, I'm not so sure. They're the one company I can recall who did implement a miracle patch between final beta weekend event and release for the original Guild Wars. Granted, some of the chances weren't positive (skill purchases for PvP), but they changed A LOT and had way more content than could've been expected based on the public beta weekends.

That being said, Guild Wars didn't really even need a miracle patch in the first place. Even the original open alpha event was very playable and solid. Guild Wars 2 on the other hand clearly still needs a fair bit of work, particularly in terms of performance. I'd be surprised if they release it in June. August or September would seem more likely as earliest estimates.

It's also important to note that ArenaNet started Guild Wars beta weekend events some 7-8 months prior to the game's eventual release. Guild Wars 2 only had its first beta weekend a couple of weeks ago. So if their Guild Wars development process is anything to go by, then we've certainly still got some waiting to do.
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