After the shareholder’s report released Friday, there were many interesting things that happened through the Guild Wars community and news sites.
The first thing I found really interesting was the disregard for Aion. The report gave us a fairly tight window for a U.S. release of the MMO. Massively left Aion out of the subject line but mentioned Guild Wars 2 in the subject line and used the Guild Wars 2 logo in the post. Ten Ton Hammer also overlooked Aion’s release window and focused on the Guild Wars 2 “delay.” I think this should be pretty telling about NCSoft’s 2009 offering. Aion marketing has their work cut out for the western world.
The second thing of interest was the an open letter from Mike O’Brien, Guild Wars 2 overlord, in direct response to the community reaction caused by the released report. He stated that Guild Wars 2 would be released “when it’s done.”
I think it was a good letter, and is smoothing over the reality that Guild Wars 2 is not really on the horizon yet. It is on Valve-time. I am really happy that ArenaNet is in a position to seemingly afford such a luxury. Guild Wars Factions, Nightfall, and especially Eye of the North were on very tight development schedules, and the feeling of a rushed schedule came through sometimes (even though some were outright delayed). What would the series have been like if ArenaNet was on Valve-time from the start? I digress…
However, this was not what we were led to expect with Guild Wars 2. Somewhere ArenaNet shifted gears into a long development time, and they forgot to make sure their community was on board. All we knew was that the originally stated plan was out the window. I think what Chris Chung said in the conference call and Mike O’Brien’s letter are definitely smoothing out that gear shift.
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