NCSoft and ArenaNet announced that Guild Wars 2 will finally launch on August 28th. The announcement comes after weeks of beta weekends to stress-test servers.

Unlike many non free-to-play MMOs, Guild Wars 2 does not require a subscription to keep an active account, making it a viable secondary MMO option.

"We're offering gamers an experience that delivers on the promise of online gaming with a truly social experience in an immense, shared world," ArenaNet president Mike O'Brien remarked in a prepared statement. "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."

There will be a final beta testing weekend for Guild Wars 2 starting July 20th. You can sign up to get in at the game's website.