ArenaNet has announced that Guild Wars 2 will officially enter closed beta tomorrow - Friday, 16th December.
The news spilled on Reddit from GW2 systems designer Jon Peters, who answered questions from fans.
"We will officially enter Closed Beta Testing this Friday," wrote Peters. "It will be marked with an increase in our pool of testers.
"To clarify, this phase of testing is still under NDA and is not open to the public.
"Based on the feedback we get from our current Closed Beta Testing, we will determine the next phases of our beta program in which we will open beta access to more people."
Guild Wars 2 French community manager Stéphane Lo Presti offered further clarification on the game's forum.
"For the sake of clarity," wrote Presti, "we've talked about closed beta and by that we mean that there is no public information about how to get in, as we're selecting the candidates carefully. We will not reveal any more information apart from what we just said.
"EDIT: to be even clearer," Presti added, "there won't be any web page for getting into the closed beta and we won't reveal how we're selecting candidates."
Guild Wars 2 has no release date nor no open beta date. However, this news could suggest a possible spring release for Guild Wars 2 - that would certainly allow plenty of time for testing.
Yesterday, ArenaNet revealed the final profession/class for Guild Wars 2: the Mesmer.