NCSoft released their quarterly earnings report for the last quarter of 2008 today. The company’s sales and profits seem to be on the upswing, but the bad news is that according to the product lineup, we will not be getting Guild Wars 2 until 2010-2011. This makes sense for the company as a whole if they want to push Aion in the U.S. at the end of this year, even if ArenaNet is calling their own shots.
Things could of course change, especially with the leadership and corporate shakeup going on at NCSoft West, but Guild Wars 2 is very unlikely for 2009 with the little information we have. For some good Guild Wars news, it is pretty likely that they will have sold 6,000,000 units by the end of next quarter further solidifying the success of a great business model.
EDIT: After listening to the conference call it seems that the internal expectations of what Guild Wars 2 would be really took off during development. They did intend to make a ‘sequel’ at the start, but it has evolved in to ‘a whole new game.’