Guild Wars 2 arriving August 28

New trailer for ArenaNet's long-awaited pay-once MMORPG reveals late-August release date for PC game.

Developer ArenaNet announced today that the long-awaited massively multiplayer online role-playing game Guild Wars 2 will arrive on August 28. The news comes by way of a new trailer for the game, which is embedded below.

Finally, Guild Wars 2 has a release date.

In a statement, parent company NCsoft explained that ArenaNet will spend the months leading up to launch focusing on polishing Guild Wars 2 to "ensure the highest quality experience on launch day."

A Guild Wars 2 beta began in March, and previously, the game was expected to ship sometime during 2012. The team at ArenaNet has a small group working on a console version of the game, but no announcements have been made concerning Guild Wars 2 arriving outside of the PC.

Guild Wars 2 puts players into a persistent fantasy world that is driven by a range of dynamic events. When Guild Wars 2 is launched later this year, it will cost a fee up front but will not require a monthly paid subscription to continue playing.

For more on Guild Wars 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Sudgersmith
Sudgersmith

iam going to play this game to Death

fredwv
fredwv

the last supposed Wow killer steps up to the plate.  Good luck!

Dark_December
Dark_December

They've got me with SWTOR, then I kinda liked Tera for 2 weeks, then I bought something ressembling a Diablo game. GW2 really has to be awesome for me to spend some more on games right now. The only real blast I had with a game lately is Max Payne, but hey, it was a R* game, the single company I would trust blindly nowadays.

tommynj
tommynj

The game will be a huge fail because of the Dynamic Event system. I'm sure people will enjoy the single player personal story though.

TransvormerSCol
TransvormerSCol

NCSoft Support sucks. I wouldn't recommended online games with bad support system, especially for online rpgs. My guildwars account never got hacked, but I know that, when your account gets hacked, they can reset your account and characters but the items. So you would have to farm or buy all your items again. (This system won't change for gw2 neither)

Back to ArenaNet. Anet nerfed nearly everything of Guild Wars 1, more than 3 million players quit the game because of that and Anet don't want to realise that and they continues nerfing the game. I don't think that Anet will do well with Guild Wars 2. After the first launch, they will to do the same with gw2, you'll see and you'll regret when you go to buy this game anyway.

 

I think, it's more worse that to start a new online rpg from the beginning on once again, because of a complete new game release. That doesn't justify all the time I spent for the first release nor the imports from gw1 (btw. the imports sucks mostly, I've never seen that bad import stuff...). Maybe after gw2 they'll release a new gw3 again and than you'll start once again from the beginning on. I am pretty sure about that, because they don't earn permanently from gw2, since this is an online game only without any other costs that players must pay.

 

I liked GW1, really! It was a very good game and I was an expert on it, but here it ends for me because of gw2.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

It's like waiting two months like waiting for Diablo 3 all over again xD I'm happy we have a release date, the Beta made a very good impression!

Aristowi
Aristowi

Console version? haha, whoever got that info is really stupid.

 

But hey, I can't wait to aug 25th (3 day early start)

Erebus
Erebus

I was honestly a little worried I was growing tired with gaming, then I played GW2 for five consecutive hours. Now all I want is more, MORE!

phatsanta
phatsanta

WHY GOD WHY SCHOOL WILL STARTING IN 3 DAYS AFTER THE RELEASE *DARTH VADER* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

DemonChorro
DemonChorro

The only thing I will be able to do Aug 25..... wait to download my 3 day early copy of GW2.....

Baelath
Baelath

how is this not a headline on GameSpot.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Late enough that I can have my fun with Secret World, early enough that I'll be looking for a break when XCOM and Dishonered come out.  I like!

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

I've played in two of the betas now.  It's awesome, but it's definitely not the perfect MMO like people would lead you to believe.  Still, it's probably the best MMO yet.

NoxiousBass
NoxiousBass

Never tried any Beta, but I like what I see on various videos. There is so much hype on the game, I really have to try it when it finally launches August 28! Played WoW for 6 years and SWTOR since launch... will Guild Wars 2 become my main MMO?? Remains to be seen...

asmoddeuss
asmoddeuss

Participated in BWE1, Stress Test 1, BWE 2 and Stress Test 2. There is only one wrod for this game: AWESOME

ckabeh
ckabeh

 @fredwv Well, it is supposed WoW killer only for idiots who compare those two games and even have an idea of "killing" WoW. If they said :" Killing MMO genre gameplay that stalled for last 12 years" then ok... But, this way, they are only trolls, and haters.

Darkoasis008
Darkoasis008

 @tommynj Have you even played it, the Dynamic Event system is amazing its chaotic and exhilarating, its different and thats what truly matters! 

Frosty3223
Frosty3223

 @TransvormerSCol Get an education, your either 12 years old or extremely illiterate...."It's more worse??" , "Don't want", "Never got", "They dont earn Permanently"...If you don't learn to write properly, or take the time to correct yourself, noone will value your opinion....just sayin...

 

O shit im correcting peoples writing, is that totally douchebag of me, or am i doing the public a favor? Like if you agree with me...

Hendrix247
Hendrix247

 @TransvormerSCol I'm sorry but have you actually even played GW2? Yes, of course this game is going to be absolutely abysmal.. Not

ckabeh
ckabeh

 @TransvormerSCol Well, if you really are expert of GW1, you should not lie and bash it, since they have awesome support and actually help players. So, that is first lie. Second, people did not massively left because of nerf, another lie. Third, GW2 is in no way similar to GW1, because IT IS NOT THE SAME GAME AND SAME ENGINE. Simple as that. If they fail, they will not fail for same reason that GW1 "failed", which is also not true, over 7 million copies and 100's of thousands players still playing.

 

So, before you spit another lie just to bash the game, think again...

emperiox
emperiox

 @Damnation_6Because Diablo 3 was soooooooooooo fun and totally worth the wait...

 

dreamchaserwu
dreamchaserwu

 @Damnation_6 

 

dont even mention d3, its an abomination, shallow as fu@#. to those who usually just buy the game cuz it "sounds' good, dont ever do it again, wait for a week or so till the reviews come out. 

Enundr
Enundr

 @Erebus so addicting itll  prob end up illegal XD

onlykafei
onlykafei

@DemonChorro Google the client in advance, I already have gw2 installed. It'll just be the finished product to add to everything after

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Baelath 

 

That's an easy one.

 

This release date isn't being reported by some anonymous person on some random website/forum.  Therefor it's not speculation or rumor and instead is a factual release date.

 

Gamespot doesn't know what to do with articles containing facts.  If this release date had been 'leaked by someone who knows someone' then you'd see it at the top of the page.

leepialong
leepialong

 @Baelath cuz gamespot dont give a rat's ass about gw2, too busy focusing on the Tortanic 

boleks
boleks

 @Darth_Tyrranus there is one difference that sets it appart from other mmo-s - there is no subscription.... and that my friend makes it perfect.... ppl foprget about that fact a lot

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

 @Darth_Tyrranus Yea I do get the same feeling that I want this game to be great but i dont think its gonna be quite as good as what people hype it up to be.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @NoxiousBass 

 

While it's not the most epic MMO of all time!  I would approach it with a level-head and enjoy it from how it's presented to you.

 

Although I was able to play a couple hours of beta, I am avoiding future gameplay videos, etc until release because I don't want to burn myself out on the game before it's released. :)

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

 @Darkoasis008

 I wish I had gotten to play the beta. I am very excited for the Dynamic events. They were pretty fun in Rift. I was also a big fan of Guild Wars 1. I am excited!! :)

tommynj
tommynj

 @Darkoasis008 

Ah yes Dynamic Events, kill x amount of enemies until you get to the end boss. Not a lot different I'm afraid. 

cephas90
cephas90

 @boleks Yeah... Everytime I look at an upcoming MMO I realize there's a sub and I'm like ewwwww no ty

Enundr
Enundr

 @IanNottinghamX some ppl wont like it (like the ppl whove been playing tanks / healers on wow with that big ego of "do what i say or i dont do my job") , and then prob some ppl might not find that having a good kite mechanic will help you win in most fights in the game. its still very promising imo after i played it.

Dizzy1976
Dizzy1976

 @IanNottinghamX Meh.....there will always be bloated hype for all big games. Just how the entertainment industry works. Just need to stay embedded in reality with your expectations and you will enjoy the games.

 

On a side note:

I really don't mind when fans expect way more than the dev's can pull off. Some developers actually try to hit those high expectations and it can only make for a better games for us in the long run. The only way things get better is if the bar is set high.

 

The bar obviously isn't high for that... *cough* ... C  o  D  game  :P  and it shows release after release. Always the same game different time.

NoxiousBass
NoxiousBass

 @Landsharkk Yeah, we don't need any more info on the game since ourselves and thousands of other players around the world have decided to buy the game by now! The worst thing that can happen is the sense of dissapointment for antecipating our money for pre-order before any reviews of the game after launch. But my gut tells me that the investment will be worth every penny :)

Enundr
Enundr

 @Landsharkk after playing the betas done so far , the minute i try logging onto any other mmo , i feel like throwing my computer out the window XD . sure some ppl might  not like some of the concepts / gameplay of GW2 , i know i sure as heck love everything ive seen  / experienced so far.

onlykafei
onlykafei

@Darkoasis008 That's weird, when I played it there were never bosses in the dynamic events.. I do remember bosses showing up as their own event, in odd locations.

cephas90
cephas90

 @Enundr Yeah... nothing personal, but where's the link between CoD players and healers/tanks in mmos?  Those seem like 2 radically different groups of people. lawl

Dizzy1976
Dizzy1976

 @phatsanta I didnt say it was a horrible game.  It serves its purpose. It just always feels like more of the same in every release.  Not much innovation or change. Some people like that......To each his own I say