If you're doing your best to ignore Star Wars: The Old Republic because you know Guild Wars 2 is right around the corner, the wait should get a little easier now that the game has been confirmed for a 2012 release.
Today President and Found of AreaNet, Mike O'Brien said via blog post:
In February we'll invite select press to participate in beta testing, and in March and April we'll aggressively ramp up the size of our beta test events so that many of you will have a chance to participate. So welcome to the Year of the Dragon—the year of Guild Wars 2!
If you don't know why people are so excited, know that the series does not require subscription fees. That is all.