Release Date: September 18th - Simultaneous worldwide release in Europe, North America and Oceania. Whether this means we will be playing on Sept 18th or Sept 19th down under is unclear.
Head Start: They haven't given dates for this but the general concensus seems to be Standard Edition preorders will recieve a 2 day head start and as Mythic has stated Collectors Edition preorders will recieve an extra day on top of this.
Preview Weekend: A special "Preview Weekend" will be held for those who have preordered either the CE or SE copies of the game. No exact info on where this fits in the timeline has been given, its either before or after Open Beta. Their intention is to "have around 100K people load testing".
Closed Beta for CE Preorders: "we are pleased to announce that we will also be inviting our pre-order CE buyers into our Closed Beta test starting next week". Your computer will need to meet the revised closed beta computer specifications, no information on exactly what is needed has been revealed. I guess this means we will be able to enter our codes etc into the account site soon.
Open Beta: No date revealed thus far, they are still working out the details. They have announced that Open Beta downloads should be avaliable by August 15th, with Beta to follow sometime after that obviously.
NDA Lift: They were hoping to lift it today but they had a few things outstanding, they expect to lift it this time next week.
This post is basically a cut down version of what Mark Jacobs the head of Mythic has posted here and on other fan sites. So if you want to read the full thing check it out.
My original post
Hmm wonder if this is as good as an official annoucement from Mythic:
http://www.ea.com.sg/en-sg/games/pc/war ... ollectors/