August 28th is the date all you lovely people can get yer mits on Guild Wars 2, NCsoft has announced.

NCsoft has also announced the final Beta Weekend Event dates, which are to take place between July 20th and 22nd. Access to the Beta Weekend Event is guaranteed for those who’ve pre-purchased the much-anticipated MMORPG.

Mike O’ Brien, the co-found and leader of Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet, published a blog post to update fans.

"This is an incredibly momentous day for the studio and for me personally," he shared. "This journey began in 2007, when we first announced that we were beginning work on Guild Wars 2 and that you wouldn't be hearing from us for a while.

"Then in 2010 we unveiled our manifesto for Guild Wars 2: a living breathing online world that challenges convention, that's designed for fun instead of grind, and that brings social interaction to a new level in an online world."

"Through all the long hours and hard decisions, we were bolstered by the knowledge that we were not in this alone. All along you've been there for us, cheering us on, supporting us when we needed it, testing early versions of the game, and above all, giving us your honest feedback every step of the way."

"Guild Wars 2 is a better game for all of the work that our community has put in."

The time between now and release will be dedicated to "optimizing, polishing and balancing the game", came O'Brien.

"These are exciting times," he added. "We're on the cusp of a new era in online roleplaying games, and we're glad you're on this journey with us."

There’s a brand spanking new Guild Wars 2 video out showcasing footage from what’s sure to be an absolutely fantastic game if the last is anything to go by.