In San Diego, Sigil speaks about travel, diplomacy, SOE and more
I had an interesting experience this past week, when I flew from Halifax to San Diego to attend an event being hosted by the people at Sigil Games and SOE for the upcoming MMORPG, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.
Immediately upon seeing the game in action, I was blown away by the graphics, from the realistically blowing trees and grass to the impressive horizon, which we were told holds actual locations in-game. In general, they said, any place that you can see on the screen, even in the distance, can be reached, either through walking, flying mounts, or by some other means. While you might not have instant access to everything, the developers want to give people at least a look at what's out there so that they will be curious, and strive to find a way.
While we're talking about one mode of travel, we may as well talk about them all. With a world as large as the one in Vanguard, and a seamless one at that, travel is one of those things that is going to become an issue. There appear to be four different modes of travel: flying mounts (as we talked about above), land based mounts (we saw some cool-looking horses), one's own two feet (for the exercise), and sea-based travel. Boats are another area that received a lot of extra attention in the showing. With the vast oceans, we are told that there will be teleporters available so that players don't have to spend hours on the open seas to reach a destination. From what I understood, they will be fixed location teleporters that will be placed in different locations in the water. We were also told that there would be no ship to ship combat at launch, and that was clarified when they told us that you could be boarded (or board someone else's ship), but the actual ships themselves would not be firing cannons and ramming one another. Crafters will also be pleased to hear that these boats are actually craftable items.
"No matter how great an adventurer you are," it was explained to us, "you can't just force your way in to see the king, you need to look the part, you need to have the diplomacy abilities."
This means that diplomacy will provide avenues for gameplay that adventuring can not provide.