This is NOT a launch, but only the final wipe. The game will still be in Alpha, after this date. So , pls. Fix the title of your post.
It is being released and live, live, live in a pre-alpha state on July 28th. All games systems will be launched whether they are incomplete or not. No effort in the Clinton'eque manner of manipulating the language by calling it "final wipe" will help in customers from seeing that reality it actually being Launch. That is of course if they drop this nonsense and right this wrong.
What I find appalling is that Shroud of the Avatar is still being called "Early Access" despite launching all the major game systems finished or not in a persistent and Live, Live, Live manner. The game has been released and launched and Portalarium is simply using a Clinton'sque manipulating of the language tactic to avoid the accountability of releasing a boring, unfinished mess of a game.
You could also ask what happened in its development in the past 3 years. As a former high dollar backer of the game that visited the Portalarium offices 3 different times in Austin, I can tell you that the game that Richard Garriott would talk about in person during those visit got my hyped and excited and I wanted to play the game he was describing, but unfortunately that description never matched up with that was being developed. One way or another, Mr. Garriott vision for the game was dismissed, abandoned or ignored and for that I decided to cash out and recover the money I had invested before it was too late. Needless to say I am disappointed in what I had hoped would be something awesome.