The Dragons Awaken: 'Guild Wars 2' Dated for August

NCSoft's MMO returns on August 28th. More details after the jump.

Quest on land and under the sea August 28th when NCSoft releases Guild Wars 2 for the PC. Their MMO, which nixes subscriptions in favor of a one-time fee for the game comes a whole seven years after the first game made its debut (and five years after it was announced).

The action-focused MMORPG was developed in conjunction with Arenanet, and will, of course, feature the usual MMO bells and whistles (along with some new ones): professions, PvP combat, and customizable storylines.

You can read the full release below:

NCsoft®, the world’s premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) and ArenaNet, developer of the renowned Guild Wars franchise, today announce that Guild Wars 2, the most anticipated game of 2012, will launch in both Europe and North America on 28th August 2012.

Building on sales of more than 7 million units of the original game, Guild Wars 2 redefines massively multiplayer online roleplaying games with visceral, action-orientated combat; a gorgeous, living world full of constantly evolving dynamic events; customisable personal storylines that are unique to each player; intense Player vs. Player combat between small teams or massive armies; and most importantly, a shared online world where players work together as allies instead of as rivals — all with no monthly subscription fee.

“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 Mike O’Brien, president and co-founder of ArenaNet. “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.”

By the way, if you're really hot to check the game out, there will be a beta preview weekend from July 20-22nd. You can sign up for it on the game's site.

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