Thousands of gamers across the world are relieved to finally get the official nod that the word "beta" has been replaced with the word "release." For the last 5 years of major MMO development, gamers have been confused as to why their actions did not match up to what they were called to be doing.
Posts scream of "..buggy play sessions that feel like a beta.." while all along players felt as though they were playing during the grand opening of a brand new world instead of helping out developers by reporting bugs and keeping track of issues.
Game developers have now changed "closed beta" to "open beta", will remove all NDA restrictions from the closed beta, and will use "closed beta" instead of "alpha/development/meeting at a coffee shop discussing an idea for a game."
So far, the "release" of Champions Online seems to going relatively smoothly, if not for a few minor issues, like the lack of a physical box on store shelves and no box art to go on those boxes.