According to the wiki that they personally run, they’re in development but currently running dark, which is weird given the gargantuan ton of information they belched out when they got started, but so it goes and whatnot. Apparently an earnings report indicated that it would be out in 2010/1 timeframe.
NCsoft is focusing its publicity on Aion, which is due for its N. American/European release in late September. While it is possible that we may see some news come out of PAX, I think that PAX will see even more Aion hype. I won’t hold my breath for more GW2 news, and won’t expect to see anything until closer to 2010.
But does ArenaNet have anything to do with Aion? Why won’t they say anything? We were hearing a lot about GW2 initially and then the information just stopped, like they halted development or something.
ArenaNet has little to do with the development of Aion, which according to what I could find has existed for a while now, albeit only in Asian markets. However, they probably had to deal with a little bit of upset when three of their top dudes ended up running all of NCSoft West. I suspect that you might hear more after the release of Aion, but for now I’m guessing that the best business strategy for them is to focus attention on that game instead of distracting all those disaffected MMO consumers that they expect to capture with stories of how they’re making this other game that’s totally awesome but isn’t out yet. You want the consumers to buy into your new product and not wait for the next one.
Looks like they’ll be giving us an update real soon:
Last week I promised you’d get your first glimpse of Guild Wars 2 “very soon now”. That day is almost here.
I want to thank all our fans for their patience as we developed the game to the point where we can start talking about it publically. I know you’ve all been anxiously awaiting this moment. You’ll soon understand how ambitious we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished during these past two years of development. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but from here on out we’ll be able to provide you with more regular updates.
Guild Wars 2 is going to be a huge leap beyond the original. We have the best team in the industry executing at the top of their game, and I’m very proud of what our team has accomplished so far. As I said last week, I’m confident that when you get your first look at what we’ve been working on, you’re going to love what you see. Stay tuned for an exciting week ahead.
The founders of Arenanet didn’t leave. Jeff Strain who had left Arenanet more than a year ago to become President of Development at NCwest left NCwest. Mike O’brien who has been running Arenanet since then (and shared the duties with Jeff before that) is still running Arenanet. Jeff leaving has had zero impact on GW2.
Guild Wars 2, however, kind of wants to be. It’s been a year and change since I heard anything, but before they were talking about large persistent community areas with hostile NPCs that you would fight and instances as dungeons. So, you know, WoW basically in that regard, which makes me wonder if they were listening to the right portion of their audience on that one, but I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because the first one rocked my face.