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Announcing the Guild Wars 2 Launch Date

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Earlier this year I told you that 2012 would be the Year of the Dragon, and that the next few betas would help us nail down our actual launch date. Well, after the results of our latest stress test, I’m happy to announce that we’re ready to nail down that date.


Guild Wars 2 will officially launch on Tuesday, August 28th.
This is an incredibly momentous day for the studio and for me personally. This journey began in 2007 when we first announced that we were beginning work on Guild Wars 2 and that you wouldn’t be hearing from us for a while. Then in 2010 we unveiled
for Guild Wars 2: a living breathing online world that challenges convention, that’s designed for fun instead of grind, and that brings social interaction to a new level in an online world. 
Through all the long hours and hard decisions, we were bolstered by the knowledge that we were not in this alone. All along you’ve been there for us, cheering us on, supporting us when we needed it, testing early versions of the game, and above all, giving us your honest feedback every step of the way. Guild Wars 2 is a better game for all of the work that our community has put in.
Now that we’re just two months away from launch, we’ll spend our remaining time optimizing, polishing, and balancing the game, to ensure that we provide you with the best launch-day experience we possibly can.
To this end, I’m excited to announce that our next and final Beta Weekend Event is planned for July 20-22.
These are exciting times; we’re on the cusp of a new era in online roleplaying games, and we’re glad you’re on this journey with us.
We’ll see you in-game.

Stress Test! Wednesday June, 27th 10:00am - 2:00pm (PDT)

We were very pleased with how our servers performed during our second Beta Weekend Event, but we want to gather additional data on how they operate under load before the next one.
That’s where you come in.
All players who have pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 are invited to participate in our upcoming stress test. This four-hour test event will run on Wednesday, June 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT (GMT-7).
We won’t wipe characters for this event, so if you played in our previous betas, you can pick up right where you left off. All we need you to do is log in and have fun—leave the stress to us!

GUILD WARS 2- Beta weekend #2 announced

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Beta Weekend Event 2


Friday, June 8th, at noon PDT (GMT-7)

and will run until

Sunday, June 10th, at 11:59 p.m. PDT (GMT-7).

Beta Weekend Event 2


Friday, June 8th, at noon PDT (GMT-7) and will run until

Sunday, June 10th, at 11:59 p.m. PDT (GMT-7).

So it is time to get a group to go through the catacombs. If we have 5 people at level 30 by Sunday night we will be doing a run!
Hopefully we will not have any more of these issues. Please ensure you log onto mumble during the weekend, as it is time to start getting more organised.

Stress test BETA Monday May 14 from 11 AM to 6:00 PM PDT

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As you may have been able to tell, they have not wiped the servers, and we will be able to play characters that we created during the initial beta weekend. If you have already been added to the guild you should not need to do so again. I look forward to seeing you in game, and chatting with you on mumble. (Pm any mode on the site to get the log in info)

As many of you know there was a Beta Weekend (BWE1) a few weeks ago, with a few bugs. This special test event is open only to Pre-Purchase customers who have registered their accounts. With your help, we can conduct important tests and address some of the issues we identified during our first Beta Weekend Event. During this event, all you need to do is play normally with a new or existing character on your Beta account using the same game client. Please note that since this is a stress test of our servers, you may experience some in-game performance issues. If you’ve pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 and wish to participate in the stress test, we recommend that you register the account and download the game client.
If you have already been involved with the previous weekend all that is required is to run the patch (not available at the time of writing)
Come and join us! I will be on to do any invites that are required. (PM Drake Striker)

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