Guild Wars Delay Follow-up

A post to the RpgForums (thanks The Unofficial GuildWars Site) from ArenaNet community relations manager Gaile Gray follows-up on reports that Guild Wars, ArenaNet's upcoming MMORPG is delayed (story). Here's the statement, which indicates this situation is not as cut-and-dried as all that:
We don't have a whole lot of info on this. The financial report is constructed a long way from the development team, and you will note it's a "could be" and not a "officially announced as" in the report. I do want to say that all release windows are constructed on a "when it's ready" basis. You guys know that!

Will it be released in early 2005? Could be. Will it be released in 2004? Yes, could be! I am afraid I cannot say -- honestly do not know -- when Guild Wars will be released. But I can say it will be released when it's as good as we can make it. And as the astute members of this forum point out (and thank you for that!) it's far more important to release a polished, complete and truly wonderful game than to mark some arbitrary date on a calendar and release something less than great.

If and when we have more finite information, I will be sure to let you know. In the meantime, please know that NCsoft won't set the date, nor will they "hold up" our release. NCsoft is solidly behind this project and will support the dev team and the management here who will determine the best possible release date for Guild Wars.
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You must release it !
Aug 5, 2004, 11:57
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You must release it ! Aug 5, 2004, 11:57
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If you don't release it all the d00ds, previously Shadowbane fanatics, will keep on hailing this to be the best MMOG forever.

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snif
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The fact that he mentions a financial report fills me with the dread of all gamers, that this will be released when the publisher needs it to be released to fill a quarterly quota, rather than when it's ready to be actually played.

Really looking forward to this, though.

Creston


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Re: snif
Aug 5, 2004, 12:50
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Screw it, just put it out. Utilize the wonder of streaming content delivery if you need to patch it! Lemme play.

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Re: snif
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Well the Publisher says it is delayed till 2005. But I have yet to hear a publisher say no when a DEV team says they can ship it for Xmas.

/3. Profit ???


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Re: snif
Aug 5, 2004, 13:21
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They may as well put it out seeing as they're not charging a monthly fee for it. That or open up the beta at least.


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