ArenaNet and NCsoft's upcoming online PC role-playing game Guild Wars 2
is aiming for a 2011 launch, following a planned testing phase sometime next year, according to a report on consumer site GameSpot
"I believe there will be a certain public event in the year 2010, so at this point it could be at least a closed beta test for [Guild Wars 2 and Korea-oriented martial-arms MMOG Blade & Soul]," said NCsoft West CEO Jaeho Lee in a conference call. "The commercialization will be expected at this point probably sometime in the year 2011."
The original Guild Wars
did not adopt a monthly subscription business model like many of its competitors. Instead, NCsoft sold standalone campaigns at regular intervals -- with the exception of Eye of the North
-- for premium prices. The Eye of the North
expansion required that the player have a previous Guild Wars
NCsoft has confirmed that Guild Wars 2
will not have a monthly subscription fee. Originally, NCsoft's Bellevue, Wash.-based ArenaNet, expected to launch a beta for the game in late 2008, with a launch in 2009.
NCsoft's conference call came on the heels
of a strong fiscal Q3, which saw sales and profits rise thanks to the worldwide release of the massively multiplayer online game Aion
. The game sold around 970,000 boxed units in North America and Europe combined during the quarter ended September 30.