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PostSubject: BIG RUMOR: Console version of Guild Wars 2?   2012-02-16, 1:10 am

http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/02/15/guild-wars-2-console-version-confirmed/

http://www.guildwarsinsider.com/conference-call-highlights-gw2-console-version-confirmed/

http://news.mmosite.com/content/2010-02-08/blade_and_soul_closed_beta_in_the_first_half_of_2010,2.shtml



^^ Apparently in an NCSoft investor call sometime over the past couple of days they were talking about a supposed console version of GW2 in the works. ANet claims that PC is their main focus and only "a small team" has been dispatched to "consider" the console field. Not much else has been officially revealed, but we'll hear soon enough what is actually going down. (At first glance, it sounds like this is more NCSoft's idea than ANet's.) It is also stated that a console version wouldn't launch any time near the PC version, so it would be a ways off, if it ever even materializes.

There is lots of money to be made on consoles, and IIRC even Diablo 3 is console-bound. Guess we now know why ANet couldn't spare any extra resources for Guild Wars 1 over the past couple of years. Small team focusing on this instead of their existing product. Rolling Eyes



Now, which console(s) would GW2 be made for? The existing ones or the ones in the incoming pipeline? Who knows at this point? Nintendo is coming out with a system this year that is more powerful than the Xbox 360/Playstation, and Microsoft is readying a follow-up console to its 360 for 2013 (and rumors are that it's supposedly not much more powerful, if even, than the new Nintendo console). Not much is known about SONY's future plans, but 2013-2014 is a safe bet if they wish to stay relevant in this business.

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PostSubject: Re: BIG RUMOR: Console version of Guild Wars 2?   2012-02-16, 1:19 am

PC version or bust for me. This news worries me if true, most notably regarding whether or not ANet is going to be stretched too thin to keep a steady schedule of development past GW2's release (ie. content updates, expansions, TIMELY patches & skill balances, etc. - basically what we used to get in GW1 before a skeleton crew was put on its Live Team instead of a fully-functioning workforce).

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