The world is barely started. Like everyone here, I'm thinking whats the hold up ?
Brads big selling point seem to be in heavy class design, He likes to offer many choices for character building. This allows the player to build themselves up how they see fit, so they can bring something valuable to a group. This can potently make every group a different experience.
In my opinion Vanguard classes had NOTHING similar to each other. Every mmorpg tries, but Brad seems to be the master of it. Visionary Realms is trying to out do Vanguard in this respect.
Maybe it's my imagination running wild, but it also seems the player has to find abilities in the world. More things to make themselves unique...... Adding such abilities is as simple as plop the item on the ground. The harder part is to make them work and balance, all 400 of them. You don't need the world for that !
This is a "very complicated puzzle" and more time needs spent than any other mmorpg.
People are making assumptions of what the "Vision" is. They think the vision is easy. They think they already know !!!..... Maybe I'm wrong too, I'm not Brad !!!!
Lets hope building the world comes easy when it's time, MAYBE the world is out sourced to another team, and is 10%,20%, 30%, 70% done and is kept secret. MAYBE Brad put his reliance and faith in others to do so, and doesn't even care.... who knows ?
My friend has a bat shit crazy sister.... It's impossible to out guess her.