I don't think they're staggering anyone. AFAIK, all the NA fansites will get their keys on the same day.
Pikko, is the Beta extension still set for the 14th? I see other sites dates not set to giveaway until the 16th.
I started thinking and maybe this was just a dream I had, who knows lol
The phase 3 beta test started for the beta testers out there already. They will have a week of testing done by the time that these new beta keys are suppossed to become available. Anyone can correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't all the other phases been about a week? I know phase one was longest, but it had lots of downtime.
What I am getting at though is that if a week is usual amount of time they alloting to the test phases, then could it be possible that by 8/14 to 8/16 they will just go open beta? Most ppl have said that they think it's more stress testing servers at this point. The timeframe that will be available to them after that date of 8/14 or 8/16 will be about a month, taking away downtime etc.
My thoughts would be that this would enable them to avoid the start day crashes. It would also keep ppl from being dissappointed, because if it's open beta before that, it's not something you would complain about. This would be a win win for all involved, and I have seen information out there that an open beta is coming.
Maybe like I said this is all just a dream, but it is an interetsing thought regardless.
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