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#1 Aug 31 2010 at 9:18 AM Rating: Decent
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Isnt it usually about a month before release that we hear about the game going to production?
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#2 Aug 31 2010 at 9:24 AM Rating: Good
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MMO are a bit different since they are never really done.

Most time when a game is referred to as gold it means the code base has been frozen and thats what will ship on the disc. Most games need to be able to work right after install wheather you get a chance to apply an update or not so the gold status is critical to those types of games. But in an MMO all that really needs to be on the CD is the update application.

I'd be willing to bet the CD are already pressed and waiting to ship out, they have the updater and the bulk of the textures to save on some bandwidth but most everything else gets downloaded on first login.

Edited, Aug 31st 2010 10:24am by windexy
#3 Aug 31 2010 at 9:27 AM Rating: Good
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It's much less of an issue with a wholly-online game like this; the GM is just an installer for the base files as of a particular moment in time, and by the time anyone installs there could be more updates already. That being said I haven't seen anyone mention if the discs are going into production or anything, but again they could have GMed the alpha files and it would only matter in that all the updates since then would have to be downloaded. (My guess is that the GM would likely be based off the 8-30 update and so the GM may not have been generated quite yet, but soon, and any fixes either relating to this "delay" or from open beta would be release-day updates.)
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#4 Aug 31 2010 at 10:55 AM Rating: Good
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Yeah I was more interested because going gold usually means the game is still on track for its targeted release date...not so much getting the client out to people
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#5 Aug 31 2010 at 12:31 PM Rating: Decent
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This is why i made a thread about it yesterday i believe. Not because i didnt understand that its an MMO and that it is patched all the time but rather if the game had gone gold it would solidify the release date.

I am not to worried about the release date but would be nice to know is all.
#6 Aug 31 2010 at 5:05 PM Rating: Good
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They don't need to go gold. To make the game easier for users they are burning it to 5 1/4 floppies. They floppies can be used as frisbees while you use the official downloader to install it. People ordering CE get it on special blast to past 8in floppies.

Drive not included

PS3 players will get it on xbox 360 disks.

I should get some sleep.
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