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#1 Jul 08 2013 at 10:41 AM Rating: Excellent
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Now that the dates for the final test of phase 3 have been announced, let’s do some speculating as to the next few weeks. I’m basing my this around the roadmap and interviews from Yoshi-P; actual dates are just my guesses.

Phase 3 ends 7/15
1-2 weeks debugging (I’m giving them 3): 7/16-8/1
Phase 4: 8/2 – 8/15 (1-2 weeks, based on roadmap)
8/16 – 8/19: final debugging (Yoshi-P has said there will only be “a few days” between close of P4 and early access)
8/19 – 8/26: Early access (guess)
Official Release: 8/27
#2 Jul 08 2013 at 11:16 AM Rating: Good
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Sounds reasonable... though they might cut the interim period short to give more phase 4 time for marketing purposes... open beta is about stress testing and hype-building
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#3 Jul 08 2013 at 2:26 PM Rating: Decent
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If they need 1-2 weeks for Phase 3 Debug that points to either 7/19 or 7/26 for Phase 4, or maybe 7/24 or 7/31 now that we know they like Wednesdays. At least I'm hoping for sooner than August. :) Not that SE can't change their mind.

Edited, Jul 8th 2013 4:27pm by ErikHighwind
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#4 Jul 08 2013 at 2:37 PM Rating: Decent
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There's been so few problems with phase 3 that I wouldn't be surprised for a week of debugging (wishful thinking).
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#5 Jul 08 2013 at 3:00 PM Rating: Good
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The grand majority of the issues being raised are design issues, which likely won't be majorly adjusted in time for launch (if at all). So We'll probably have a reduced turn around on the break between beta phases. Heck, there may not be one. I have a feint recollection that they said they were going from one straight into the other.
#6 Jul 08 2013 at 3:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Does anyone know if characters will be wiped between phase 4 and release? I was thinking phase 4 would essentially be an early start for everyone, but
i'm not sure.
#7 Jul 08 2013 at 3:58 PM Rating: Decent
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jhariya wrote:
Does anyone know if characters will be wiped between phase 4 and release? I was thinking phase 4 would essentially be an early start for everyone, but
i'm not sure.

No, Phase 4 characters will persist.
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