Guild Wars 2 Leaps Into Action August 28S

It's going to be the future soon for denizens of Tyria, as ArenaNet reveals an August 28 release date for the eagerly anticipated massively multiplayer free-to-play role-playing game Guild Wars 2.

Beta testing has gone swimmingly, yesterday's stress test seems to have passed without much stress, and now MMO players have a date to put in their forum posts on how they're leaving whatever other game they're playing when Guild Wars 2 arrives.

And it's only two months away! The final beta test weekend event will be July 20-22, and then a few short weeks later it's on. Anyone else getting all tingly? I know ArenaNet president and co-founder Mike O'Brien is.

"We're offering gamers an experience that delivers on the promise of online gaming with a truly social experience in an immense, shared world," said O'Brien in the official announcement. "After five years of creation, development, and polish, announcing the launch date of Guild Wars 2 is a huge milestone for us, but the thing we're most looking forward to is seeing gamers from all over the globe explore this world and begin creating their own stories."

Interestingly enough, back in May we ran a story about a sign at a Fry's location in Texas that was listing a June 28 release date for Guild Wars 2. Perhaps they got the release date mixed up with the release date release date. I heard you liked release dates, so...

Let's have a celebratory trailer, shall we?