ArenaNet's Mike O'Brien clears the air regarding the perceived delay of Guild Wars 2, the follow up to NCsoft's immensely popular free-to-play online roleplaying game.

In an open letter to Guild Wars fans, O'Brien points out that Guild wars 2 never had a firm release date attached to it, so there really is no delay, as many gaming websites had reported. Furthermore, O'Brian explains that the recent layoffs at NCsoft West actually worked in ArenaNet's favor.

You've all seen announcements about restructuring at NCsoft West, and it's natural to wonder whether that restructuring impacts ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2 development. In fact, the reason NCsoft West is restructuring itself is so that the company can put all of its focus into its top-tier games like Guild Wars 2. Our team continues to grow, and has the strong support and financial backing we need to achieve our goal of making Guild Wars 2 the best online role-playing game ever created.

There we go. Job cuts affected the team positively, the game will be done when it is done, and all is right with the world.

A Letter to Our Fans [Guild Wars via Blue's News]