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    Official Beta Announcement

    Mike O'brien makes an announcement on the Arenanet blog.

    http://www.arena.net/blog/dragon

    The most important part :

    We recently finished our first closed beta test, and we’re now ready to hold progressively larger events. In February we’ll invite select press to participate in beta testing, and in March and April we’ll aggressively ramp up the size of our beta test events so that many of you will have a chance to participate. And of course, this all leads to the release of Guild Wars 2 later this year.
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    Â* A two-feet-tall midget dual wielding 5ft long two-handed swords?
    Â* Or a blue-skinned half-squid-half-goat uncorrupted demon of light from outer space who is a wild shaman?
    Â* Or are you a killed, then raised, then liberated, then killed, then raised, then liberated again human whose eyes used to glow not, then glow yellow, and now glow blue (I'm not even talking of your spine portruding through your skin, your armor and your cloak)(and the ability to speak without lower jaw)?
    Â* Or are you an elf who can turn into a cat, bear, seal, cheetah, eagle and tree, but still has to use ground mounts which you magically conjure from thin air? [/quote]

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    Can't wait for march !

    The year of the dragon

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    Yea, saw this earlier. Made me think at how long it is till launch though. Beta testing into April? Might be another 5-6 months for the game.

    Eh, kinda crummy.

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    The important part:
    In February we’ll invite select press to participate in beta testing, and in March and April we’ll aggressively ramp up the size of our beta test events so that many of you will have a chance to participate.
    So that looks like an April or May release

    ---------- Post added 2012-01-23 at 06:26 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Fencers View Post
    Beta testing into April?
    Public promo beta, launch will be within weeks of that imo.

    EDIT: "beta test events" definitely sounds like beta weekends etc
    Last edited by Mif; 2012-01-23 at 08:31 AM.

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    why isnt this on MMO-Ch frontpage?
    This is the best news for MMO's in years!!!!

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    "many of you will have a chance to participate" != Open Beta.
    I highly doubt an April release. My bet would be June.

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    This just made me able to go to school being happy for once, god damn!
    Thanks for this announcement, can't... friggin... wait!

    ---------- Post added 2012-01-23 at 09:32 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Socram View Post
    "many of you will have a chance to participate" != Open Beta.
    I highly doubt an April release. My bet would be June.
    They actually said they would've a small open beta to get the game out quickly after. So April/May release is very very likely to happen, just as Mif said.

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    Q2 release date would be epic , 1-2 months after large beta seems possible

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    Made my day when I read this

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    Hellz ya that's good news

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    Love it, but in a gaming drought atm so I still wish it was sooner.

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    We're getting closer now. *tears of joy*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mif View Post
    [/COLOR]Public promo beta, launch will be within weeks of that imo.

    EDIT: "beta test events" definitely sounds like beta weekends etc
    I hope you're right and it's like the first game.

    I really want this out like right now. And I realize that's kinda fan-ish/whatever. But goddamn... allow me this moment.

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    Woo and boo, really hope its a May release and that the large scale open invites is basically stress testing, omg so close yet so far , LOL

    eta: actually they did say open beta was basically marketing so im going to go out on a limb and say it wont really be on Beta that long there just not giving away specifics yet, you know what A net is like hehe.. ok im dreaming and hanging onto a glimmer of hope for an April /May release June is toooooooooooo far away :P
    Last edited by Cherrysoul; 2012-01-23 at 08:46 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titoselfire View Post
    why isnt this on MMO-Ch frontpage?
    This is the best news for MMO's in years!!!!
    You mean you don't like recycled statistics?
    I'm mean because you're stupid.

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    *Freezes himself and puts a note on the tube that says "Defrost in May"* oh, and squee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orist View Post
    *Freezes himself and puts a note on the tube that says "Defrost in May"* oh, and squee!
    "P.S. Please change my pants as fashion dictates"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fencers View Post
    Yea, saw this earlier. Made me think at how long it is till launch though. Beta testing into April? Might be another 5-6 months for the game.

    Eh, kinda crummy.
    Im not happy about the later this year part.
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    I've been thinking a May or June release ever since the word that they started planning Open Beta came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IRunSoFarAway View Post
    You mean you don't like recycled statistics?
    What is recycled statistics?
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