A Letter to Our Fans on GuildWars.com
follows up on recent reports of a Guild Wars 2 delay
ArenaNet's Mike O'Brien accurately points out that because the game has never
had a set release date, it can't really be delayed, and since he is correct, we
apologize for helping cause confusion in that regard. When the online RPG sequel
there were plans for a beta test in the second half
of last year before testing was delayed
, so there does seem to be
an acknowledgement of fan disappointment that Guild Wars 2
released this year (which is what
the investor materials
he refers to seem to indicate), but he wants it to be
clear that recent changes at NC West
will be to the game's
There have been some published rumors over the past few days
about Guild Wars 2 delays, and I'm writing you today to set the record straight.
You've all seen announcements about restructuring at NCsoft West, and it's
natural to wonder whether that restructuring impacts ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2
development. In fact, the reason NCsoft West is restructuring itself is so that
the company can put all of its focus into its top-tier games like Guild Wars 2.
Our team continues to grow, and has the strong support and financial backing we
need to achieve our goal of making Guild Wars 2 the best online role-playing
game ever created.
On Friday, NCsoft released investor materials that showed a very broad release
window for Guild Wars 2, with the explanation that release timing is still "to
be announced." ArenaNet has never given a release date for Guild Wars 2 other
than "when it's done." NCsoft's investor materials are a reflection of that
I know some fans had hoped for a smaller gap between the launch of Guild Wars:
Eye of the North and the start of beta testing for Guild Wars 2, but we
communicated last summer that it would be some time before we could commit to
any beta or launch dates. Guild Wars 2 is a large and ambitious game, and we're
going to take the time to do it right.
I'm immensely proud of what our team has accomplished and continues to
accomplish with the development of Guild Wars 2. We'll have a lot more to say
when we're closer to release. Until then, we thank you for your continued
interest and ask you to stay tuned.