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Brad McQuaid heads up Sigil Online, a company hard at work on Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. The company is formed of former members of Verant - the original developers of EverQuest - and other industry veterans. Vanguard is due out this year. Today we have an exclusive interview with Brad and two exclusive screenshots.
Brad McQuaid: Quests in Vanguard will range from the more simple fed-ex quests all the way up to epic quests, similar to the Ring quest and other very involved and elaborate quests you may have seen in EQ and other MMOGs. We also have our Rumor system which is a somewhat unique way of both finding quests and learning about whats going on in the world. So there are several ways to obtain a quest, in addition to completing one, other than just the traditional hailing of NPCs.
We have some unique ideas and features in our Quest Journal that were not quite ready to reveal, but mostly it works very similarly to what players have experienced in more recent MMOGs like WoW and EQ II. The quests you currently have active and where you are on that journey toward completion are all tracked. In earlier MMOGs, I think quest journals were severely lacking in detail and usefulness. However, more recently quest journals have really evolved, likely taking a lot of great ideas from single player RPG games. I think this evolution is great and well take advantage of that with Vanguard.
You can read the full interview here.
Formerly of MMORPG.com
Currently Lead Designer for Bit Trap Studios