NCSoft confirms Guild Wars 2 beta for 2011, 2012 launch hinted
NCSoft’s confirmed it’ll launch a beta of Guild Wars 2 later this year.
The company’s CFO Jaeho Lee confirmed in a call to investors that the beta would take place within the second half of 2011. Lee also hinted at a 2012 release for the ArenaNet MMO.
“Starting from year 2012, we believe substantial growth will be driven by new blockbuster titles like [Blade & Soul] and Guild Wars 2,” he said.
“Also, Guild Wars 2 will go into beta testing stage in the second half of this year.”
It was previously thought that the game would arrive at some point this year.
NCSoft has already promised 2011 will be its biggest year yet, telling VG247 yesterday it will “steal headlines” from gamescom in the “major presence” it’ll have there in Cologne in three months time.
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ArenaNet prepping extra Guild Wars 2 security measures
Guild Wars 2 designers Eric Flannum and John Peters have said ArenaNet is on the alert for user data security breaches with the MMORPG sequel.
“One of the things that we’ve done is we have a team who looks at that stuff and we have a lot of features that we think will help out with security,” the pair told IncGamers.
“We’re not quite ready to talk exactly what those things are, but yes, security is a big, big priority for us.
“We understand having operated Guild Wars and seeing all the account theft that has happened. Obviously we’re hoping to shoot for accounts never being stolen, but there’s only so much you can do. At the moment though we’re not quite ready to talk about exactly what we’re doing.”
ArenaNet suffered negative press after a spate of stolen accounts, alongside other affected MMOs such as RIFT and Lord of the Rings Online.
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ArenaNet: No retail expansions for Guild Wars 2
ArenaNet’s confirmed that there’ll be no retail expansions for Guild Wars 2 following the MMO’s release.
“At this time we don’t plan to continue with the standalone expansion model,” GW2′s lead designer Eric Flannum told Gamerzines.
“We felt that this model split our player base unnecessarily and also caused us to focus development effort on things that were redundant with the original release of the game such as tutorial areas and duplicates of already existing skills.”
Guild Wars 1 seen two expansions released for retail. But despite getting rid of the boxed expansions, Flannum said that items sold in GW2 via the in-game store would be “the kinds of things” which was included in the first game.
Guild Wars 2 goes into beta in second-half 2011, with a full launch likely in 2012.