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Rainbird said:

http://www.arena.net/blog/dragon

 

Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!

Today is Lunar New Year’s Day, and according to the Asian zodiac system, the first day of the Year of the Dragon. It’s an auspicious omen for all of us at ArenaNet, as we get ready to make this our own Year of the Dragon.

According to tradition, the dragon embodies passion, independence, and ambition. We think it’s a perfect analogy for what we’re trying to accomplish with Guild Wars 2. We’re a company full of MMO and RPG fans, and we’ve set out to fundamentally rethink how you deliver an RPG experience online. So this year, the Year of the Dragon, let’s usher out old thinking – the tired old quest model, stiff repetitive combat, and monthly fees – and usher in the new.

Guild Wars 2 has captured the imagination of gamers and media all over the world with its action-oriented combat, its living world full of dynamic events, its highly personalized role-playing experience, and the handcrafted artistry that suffuses every element of the game. Last year, thousands of you joined us at shows and events all over the world to try Guild Wars 2 for yourself. This year, you’ll finally be able to immerse yourself in the vast, diverse world of Tyria.

We recently finished our first closed beta test, and we’re now ready to hold progressively larger events. In February we’ll invite select press to participate in beta testing, and in March and April we’ll aggressively ramp up the size of our beta test events so that many of you will have a chance to participate. And of course, this all leads to the release of Guild Wars 2 later this year.

So stay tuned to our official Guild Wars 2 websiteour Facebook page, and this blog for more information about how to participate in an upcoming beta event.

It’s been an incredible adventure over the past five years, working with our community and our team of dedicated artists, designers, and programmers to realize this vision. This year, the seeds of that work come to fruition. We can’t wait to play the game with you.

So welcome to the Year of the Dragon – the year of Guild Wars 2.

-Mike O’Brien
ArenaNet Founder and President

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

 


Must get into beta.... And hey there, been a while =P



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This is the first beta weekend for selected players...I can't wait for the real open beta, this is my most hyped game ever! lol

CURRENTLY PLAYING: Xenoblade (Wii), Super mario 3D land (3DS), Guild Wars (PC)

 

Buzzi said:
This is the first beta weekend for selected players...I can't wait for the real open beta, this is my most hyped game ever! lol


Just press beta right? Can't wait to hear what they all have to say (no NDA!). 

World PvP sounds incredible! I won't have enough time to do all the PvE and PvP stuff that I want to do =(



Hopefully it comes out closer to fall, since I "should" get the money to get a sup'd up computer :)

"Life is but a gentle death. Fate is but a sickness that results in extinction and in the midst of all the uncertainty, lies resolve."

Haha, yeah, long time no see!

And World vs. World sounds amazing! It definitely makes me want to join a guild dedicated to WvWvW so I always have someone to play with!

ArenaNet also promised more info on the beta this week! 

 

I wonder when they're putting collector's editions up for grabs so I can preorder.



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And impressions are coming in from the press!

Kotaku - Loves just about everything, but isn't too happy about performance.

MMORPG.com - Singleplayer (loved everything but the crafting) and multiplayer (WvWvW is glorious!)

Massively - Loving it!



With all those frame-rate problems, probably we won't get the full game 'till autumn...that'd be sad! I'll try getting a beta access, the'd be cool...

CURRENTLY PLAYING: Xenoblade (Wii), Super mario 3D land (3DS), Guild Wars (PC)

 

Buzzi said:
With all those frame-rate problems, probably we won't get the full game 'till autumn...that'd be sad! I'll try getting a beta access, the'd be cool...

Could just be his setup, the MMORPG guys said the game ran well. Hopefully it's just that.



IGN - Mostly loving it, with a few concerns.



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Oh man, I just read some of the press stuff. Now I'm even more pumped for this game (if that's even possible!). I do hope they fix the frame rate thing soon, but it doesn't matter too much to me; I'm buying an awesome computer tomorrow actually (mostly for this game).