No open beta till September 7th, apparently (release sniffed out by Massively). So if release is the 18th, the head start is presumably going to be around the 15-16th, with some (CE) getting an extra day iirc. (If it’s *not* at least 48 hours (72 would be better) then a lot of pre-order people, myself included, are going to feel a bit gypped.) So open beta will only last 7-10 days, if that, assuming the servers don’t get brought down a day or so early in preparation for launch. That’s short. I wonder what effect it’ll have, especially if the NDA doesn’t drop until then, since so many gamers use open betas as a “try before you buy” option, which is largely what they’ve become.
Edit – and the NDA comes down tomorrow. Yay!