Apart from the usual forum bickering, there has been some pretty decent detective work regarding Guild Wars 2 the past week or so. I would like to share.
First, 4thVariety disclosed that he or she keeps notes on trademark licensing and domain registration that ArenaNet has done. 4thVariety does this by comparing the attorney NCSoft uses for ArenaNet work and other work. Some very interesting tidbits ensue. On April 11, 2007, BlightedEmpires.com was registered by Peter J. Wilsey, who registered other ArenaNet websites. Guild Wars 2 was announced only two weeks earlier. On March 12, 2009, the domain name was refreshed. Could this possibly be the subtitle for Guild Wars 2 – a game where dragons awoke and destroyed nations? (UPDATE: This trademark has gone abandoned.)
The second interesting thing was found from voice actors’ resumes. It seems that many voice actors are including Guild Wars 2 as work they have done. Voice acting requires content and story (especially for “two major characters”). Content and story are one of the final legs of development. Concordantly… the dawn might be breaking soon. For a poor benchmark, Warhammer Online released a video podcast on adding voice acting in March, 2008. Warhammer Online was released September, 2008. On the other hand, The Old Republic has started voice acting for their fully voice acted epic, which may be as far off as November 2010, or farther.
Regardless, we are going to get news later this year, possibly at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) on ArenaNet’s back doorstep, or likely after Aion’s launch dust settles.