I have to admit I am disappointed with this turn of events. Listening to these guys speak at Gamescom there was so much passion and enthusiasm that I was really excited to see what they developed. Now that has been dramatically tarnished, for me at least. Asking people to pay for something they know so little about seems underhand. There are still massive gaps in the information available. It is as if they feel they need to capitalise on the hype because once people know more about the game they are not going to give the same level of investment. Though, I hope that is not the case. They are also missing the Winter launch date as well if Closed Beta is going to be in March. Why has that not been mentioned or explained? Even if it is a simple “We have got carried away and want to bring you more with launch so we are moving it back to Spring/Summer 2014, sorry guys.” Just talking about it makes the whole thing seem less cloak and dagger. Currently this just looks like “Please pay us a large amount of money so you can test and develop our game to a point where we can then use you to make the art assets for the next game.” While people still pay for things like this companies will still do it, so I am not surprised, but I am disappointed. Not just with SOE but also disappointed that so many consumers do themselves such injustice and happily jump for anything a developer will give them without question. That and the dates look like they might be getting close to the Wildstar launch and I do not want be distracted for that!