After five years of development and a release window of “when it’s ready,” Guild Wars 2 finally has a firm, official release date for both North America and Europe: August 28th.
The announcement comes just under three weeks removed from its second public beta test and one day after a public stress test. It seems the tests went well, and ArenaNet will have just one final Beta Weekend Event before launch from July 20-22 to make sure the game’s server can handle the day-one crowds.
“We’re offering gamers an experience that delivers on the promise of online gaming with a truly social experience in an immense, shared world,” said Mike O’Brien, president and co-founder of ArenaNet. “After five years of creation, development, and polish, announcing the launch date of Guild Wars 2 is a huge milestone for us, but the thing we’re most looking forward to is seeing gamers from all over the globe explore this world and begin creating their own stories.”
Players who want to pre-purchase Guild Wars 2 to get into the final Beta Weekend Event or guarantee themselves a day-one copy can visit the game’s official site. In addition to the announcement, ArenaNet has provided a new trailer confirming the release date, which you can all enjoy below.