AreaNet confirms 2012 release for Guild Wars 2 – public beta launching in Spring

Riot Games isn’t the only developer acknowledging the Chinese Year of the Dragon – AreaNet’s Founder and President Mike O’Brien posted a blog on the game’s website in celebration, announcing some exciting news about the developer's upcoming MMORPG Guild Wars 2. The first bit is that it is, indeed, upcoming; while we originally assumed that it would be released in 2012 (and were confident enough to put it in our list of the 100 Most Anticipated Games of 2012), it wasn’t totally super officially confirmed until O’Brien's totally super official post today.

O’Brien also talked about the game’s beta, which will give eager gamers a chance to dip their toe into Tyria's waters a little early (as long as they're willing to report bugs and such). Guild Wars 2's first closed beta test wrapped up just recently, and the developer is ready to start growing the pool of testers in the coming months. Starting in February, AreaNet will start inviting select members of the press to participate, and the size will grow from then on.

“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,” O’Brien posted. “And of course, this all leads to the release of Guild Wars 2 later this year.”

We're making sure that we're on the list to be in line for the press beta next month so we can bring you all the Guild Wars 2 news you can handle - and maybe a little more.


  • blazeandfrost - January 26, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    In the meantime, I like the centaur race. I didn't care for them in GW1, they were very generic looking. In GW2, they're beautiful, and the concept art definitely has some 'native' undertones. Very colorful, tribal dress and draping leathers, some are armored to the teeth but still have that 'flavor.' Have you check out ?
  • NanoElite666 - January 24, 2012 6:39 p.m.

  • Eliath - January 23, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    AreaNet... who is this AreaNet? If SOPA was passed I bet ArenaNet would sue their pants off.
  • mockraven - January 23, 2012 3 p.m.

    (dances in an excited circle)
  • McSpermie - January 23, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    Can't wait, maybe once you do some coverage you guys can make an article describing the differences between each race and what they specialize in?

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