I watched an interview this weekend with one of the developers and he stated that the there really is not a set launch date. they have over 500,000 beta users registered so they said that when they feel it's pointless to not allow the masses to play they will just "Switch it on".
After playing planetside 2, Blackops 2, and MOH recently, this game is more polished than all of them, and is going to continue to get better.
You can still jump on the beta for 20 bucks, (which gives you like 50 bucks worth of in game stuff and immediate beta access.)
What would you compare it to as a shooter? When is it releasing. I think I'm going to pay the $20 and jump on it as well. Maybe I can play this with you more TheThing as I barely get to play GW2 anymore.