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#1 Malchior Devenholm

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:44 PM

http://www.guildwars...e/game-faq/#two

GW 2 FAQ said:

When will there be a beta?

We will be conducting small closed alpha and beta tests in 2011. The feedback from these tests will determine when we will do public beta tests and ship the game. Guild Wars 2 is a very large and ambitious game, and Guild Wars players rightfully have very high expectations. We want players to be absolutely blown away by the game the first time they experience it.

Commence forum explosion! :D

Hold on guys, Martin says different.

Martin Kerstein said:

Before you all get a heart attack:

We updated the FAQs on Wednesday already, to reflect what was said in the earnings call.

Basically, nothing has changed, we will still release when we are ready.

Sorry for being the party pooper.

So, testing soon I suppose, but for the moment, they're only going to release the game when it is ready *TM*


Regina Buenaobra said:

To re-emphasize: the existence of friends and family closed alpha and closed beta this year has changed nothing about the release date. The release date continues to be: when the game is ready.

There is no application process for the closed alpha or closed beta. We have noticed an increase in scam sites that purport to take your contact information in exchange for closed alpha or closed beta access. Please avoid these! Again, we are not taking applications.

Edited by Naut, 11 February 2011 - 09:48 PM.


#2 Naut

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:45 PM

Oh dear god. This is... good? Bad? Idk, D:

#3 Mister_Smiley

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:46 PM

its great news, but do not go to nuts over it, as maybe a few from the forum will get in it, but who knows.

depends on how they do it, invited, computer specs, etc

#4 Shemsu Anpw

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:46 PM

It is great news for us who have been hanging on well every breath they had to see if there was ANYTHING new.

#5 Andlát

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:46 PM

I think its bad, but thats just me, I am always a pesimist.

#6 Jonny10

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:47 PM

Small and closed spells Test Krewe only?
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#7 Dutch Sunshine

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:48 PM

Awesome, the game might even be released before december 2012! We might even be able to play the game before we all die! :D *optimism rules*

Also Jonny, TK isn't that likely, as 'they're only GW-focused..

#8 aelesia

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:48 PM

Actually I don't know why we're all getting so excited for, especially since we are already expecting the game to be released by the end of 2011. That would mean closed-beta would be in 2011 too. :(

#9 Mass Sedai

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:48 PM

[screams like a girld!!!!]

pondering that this doesn't mean anything... just that they are working and that it going forward.. we will hope that this beta test will go well, and happen soon...

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:50 PM

Dangit, Malchior! :(  I thought you had an exact date to share

#11 Vahkris

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:50 PM

Awesome!  Looks like they feel they're getting close to completion.

Man, I hope I can get a new computer before then.  I have serious doubts on whether my current older laptop can handle GW2 very well.  I might have to sign up for them with my wife's computer, since she has a much more powerful one right now.

#12 Vorsakan

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:51 PM

Yay! :cool:

I don't remember this entry being there before:

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#13 Andlát

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:52 PM

Now, to find out what feedback will make them release it faster... O.O

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:53 PM

Closed betas may or may not have sign-ups.  I was under the impression that with ANet, any closed beta wouldn't be involving fans in general.
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#15 Martin Kerstein

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:54 PM

Before you all get a heart attack:

We updated the FAQs on Wednesday already, to reflect what was said in the earnings call.

Basically, nothing has changed, we will still release when we are ready.

Sorry for being the party pooper.

#16 Kailis

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:54 PM

definitely sounds more like bad news than good news to me. Mainly because it seems that it's possible that they won't even be entering open beta until 2012, but that's all really dependent on when they start closed beta I suppose.

#17 Rolin

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:54 PM

Great, have it announced on a day that I'm so sick that i can't even be excited about it.
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#18 Mister_Smiley

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:54 PM

Winterclaw said:

Closed betas may or may not have sign-ups.  I was under the impression that with ANet, any closed beta wouldn't be involving fans in general.

thats what i was thinking, but they did already say that they had some type of alpha i would say because friends and Family have gotten to try out the game. So i mean really only Anet knows.

#19 Malchior Devenholm

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:54 PM

Winterclaw said:

Closed betas may or may not have sign-ups.  I was under the impression that with ANet, any closed beta wouldn't be involving fans in general.

They'll have to have both people if they want a quality test.

You need the technical people to look into mechanics, skills, and to basically "break" the game.

But you also need first impression people, just to see if the game is enjoyable, is at an average difficulty level, and to spread the word when the NDA is lifted. :)

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:55 PM

Martin Kerstein said:

Before you all get a heart attack:

We updated the FAQs on Wednesday already, to reflect what was said in the earnings call.

Basically, nothing has changed, we will still release when we are ready.

Sorry for being the party pooper.

martin resuscitates an entire forum of people...

#21 davidoduck

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:55 PM

Closed beta? Hmmmm.... Dont really like closed beta as i always get left out and never get in, while others who havent even been following the games development have

#22 Vahkris

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:55 PM

Martin Kerstein said:

Before you all get a heart attack:

We updated the FAQs on Wednesday already, to reflect what was said in the earnings call.

Basically, nothing has changed, we will still release when we are ready.

Sorry for being the party pooper.

Just as a note, I noticed the "How many professions does Guild Wars 2 have?" question does not include the Guardian, since you mentioned you updated the FAQ.  However, I'm sure you were only updating certain pieces.

#23 Malchior Devenholm

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:56 PM

Martin Kerstein said:

Before you all get a heart attack:

We updated the FAQs on Wednesday already, to reflect what was said in the earnings call.

Basically, nothing has changed, we will still release when we are ready.

Sorry for being the party pooper.

Guess we were just slow for once :(

Oh well, it's a hope.

Thanks Martin :D

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:57 PM

Ugh.. and so starts the internal debate of applying or not applying for a beta so you don't get burned out before the game even begins...

Done, I'm applying when it's available. :P

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:57 PM

This pretty much confirms that we aren't getting the game this year

#26 Wothan

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:58 PM

Im going to apply in the first day I check it...
It just saddens me that I will have way too much competition lol

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:58 PM

Martin Kerstein said:

Before you all get a heart attack:

We updated the FAQs on Wednesday already, to reflect what was said in the earnings call.

Basically, nothing has changed, we will still release when we are ready.

Sorry for being the party pooper.

Party Pooper!

Though i am getting sick of "When we are Ready" oh well

#28 NeonArlecchino

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:00 PM

Operative 14 said:

Ugh.. and so starts the internal debate of applying or not applying for a beta so you don't get burned out before the game even begins...

I was in the Battlefield Heroes beta and enjoyed the game for a long time after release, I only stopped playing when the cash shop weapons became overpowered which is something I don't see happening in GW2; mainly since the weapons are gotten in game. I really hope I get to go into the new version of Tyria as soon as possible.

#29 Renita of the Darkness

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:00 PM

Another beta I must find my way into... <3

#30 Greibach

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:02 PM

Yay!  Hopefully at least SOME of the people in my guild get in.  Ideally me.  Just sayin'