In case you haven’t heard, Guild Wars 2 will be available to play this August if you are going to Gamescom in Germany or PAX in a September Seattle. A lot could be theorized about what that means for launch or beta, and one has to take in to account the convention season and the demos available for other games (like The Old Republic). What is more important, for now, is how ArenaNet has been handling expectations of their upcoming game.
A lot of chatter around the internet regarding the weekly Guild Wars 2 updates, the responses to fan questions, and the general feel of the game seems to be that it doesn’t feel like bull cocky. Now, to compliment their marketing releases with a negative may seem trite, but with many of the recent “AAA” MMOs gamers have become wary. Nobody wants the “hype machine.”
Now, ArenaNet says “you will play this game in three months.” It’s hard not to keep nodding my head even though a new CRV destroyed my PAX savings. What do I expect? I expect to keep getting weekly updates on Guild Wars 2. I expect ArenaNet to keep tailoring these updates to some of the worries that fans… well, worry about. And, I expect that this huge head of steam they’ve built in the MMO community to continue because if they go back in to submarine mode again, I am not sure they can pull this off a second time.
Quite a few questions remain unanswered, and it seems they have a whole summer to get through them. I staunchly believe that we will not really understand the event system until we’ve seen it played. Hopefully the devs have a better understanding of herd theory and what not. But, in three months we will see Guild Wars 2 in action.
now, I return to this young fellow