When can we try out Guild Wars 2? You want to try out Guild Wars 2, don’t you? You want to help ArenaNet launch its next big hit MMORPG, right? Well, President Mike O’Brien announced this week that he and his team will begin the next phase of beta testing for the highly anticipated game in February. First, elect press will be invited (*cough*hint*GAMEBREAKER*hint*cough*), then — the moment everyone has been waiting for — in March and April ANet will “aggressively ramp up the size of our beta test events so that many of you will have a chance to participate.” Then in the next sentence, O’Brien confirms that GW2 will release in 2012: “This all leads to the release of Guild Wars 2 later this year.” And the world rejoiced!
However, the world stopped the rejoicing when it heard that there may be in-game product placement, aka advertising, in Blizzard‘s next MMO codenamed Titan. Huh, what? The MMO development giant posted a job opening for a Franchise Development Producer to work with companies for product placement in its “next-generation MMO.” And now the world is confused.
To explain it all to you, our host Gary Gannon gathered two gaming media experts from ZAM to give you the best MMO commentary the internet has to offer. Mike B and Mike Schaffnit give us the gory details behind the latest MMO news. Catch us this and every week for This Week In MMO!