Utopia to be next Guild Wars expansion?

Source: A news post on gaming news site Photics, pointing to a "WhoIs" search showing that www.guildwarsutopia.com belongs to NCsoft. What we heard: With the last Guild Wars expansion released a couple months earlier and nary a whisper from NCsoft on the next semi-annual update to the franchise,...

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Source: A news post on gaming news site Photics, pointing to a "WhoIs" search showing that www.guildwarsutopia.com belongs to NCsoft.

No Caption Provided What we heard: With the last Guild Wars expansion released a couple months earlier and nary a whisper from NCsoft on the next semi-annual update to the franchise, Photics Webmaster Michael Garofalo spent some of the holiday season digging for clues. The day after Christmas, he posted on his site news that he had unearthed URLs for a few Guild Wars Web sites registered by NCsoft. The URLs were www.guildwarsutopia.com and its .net and .org counterparts, suggesting that the fourth chapter in the Guild Wars franchise would in fact be called Utopia. While the rumor flew under the radar for the better part of a month, it began spreading more quickly through the Guild Wars fan community earlier this week.

NCsoft has said it wants to put two expansion packs out each year, with Factions and Nightfall being the company's first two releases. Given that Nightfall launched in October, the next add-on is roughly due for release in April, and it seems about time that NCsoft started talking about it.

However, not everything fit perfectly. The Utopia URLs were registered in June of 2006, which would be awfully early if NCsoft didn't plan on actually announcing the game until 2007. Such a long lead time would only leave more opportunity for someone to stumble upon the game and tip fans off to the game before the company was ready to make an announcement.

The official story: An NCsoft representative put the rumor to rest for us, saying, "It actually was used as a project name for an unannounced project, but we do not intend to use it for a product name."

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus.

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