Guild Wars 2, Expansions, the Mayan Calendar and the End of Everything

So today ArenaNet announced that Guild Wars 2 will, indeed, be released in 2012.

Excuse me for a second while I glee like a 14 year old girl.


Ahem. Well, sorry about that. Anyway, there is one thing that made me think about dates:

Mike O’Brien, in that post, said that the open beta will start in February and ramp up in March and April. So one can hope that the release will happen in May or June (my bets are in May due the speed ArenaNet is going from beta to beta, but I’m not counting the time to print boxes for the brick-and-mortar stores).

Still nothing fancy there. But then we must remember that ArenaNet had a schedule of one expansion every 6 months. And that’s where things get interesting.

If they release Guild Wars 2 in June and then go work in the next expansion, Guild Wars 2.1 will appear in December. I will let you digest that for a second. Yes, you got it right: December. 2012. The end of the Mayan calendar! The end of the world! Or, as some nicer people say, the end of an era and the start of a new one. Could this mean that Guild Wars 2.1 will be the bringer of a better (or worse) future?

Not only that, but apparently Rubi from Massively snapped a curious picture of jerseys saying 28/06/2012 (June 26, 2012). If the open beta ends in April, June 28 gives plenty of time for making boxes and sending them to brick-and-mortar stores. If you count again 6 months, first expansion will land in December 28. 3 days after Christmas? That doesn’t make sense! But, if they manage to cut a single week in their plans, first expansion will be available in… 21 December 2012! 21.12.2012!

See? SEE? The Mayans knew!

I’m so excited for the first Guild Wars 2 expansion now!