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Vanguard : AGC: Jeff Butler

Posted Sep 12, 2006 by Dana Massey

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is one of the most anticipated games on our list. At AGC, Staff Writer Laura Genender interviewed President and Exec. Producer Jeff Butler and Senior Marketing and PR Manager April Jones. They concentrated primarily on diplomacy and crafting.

On Thursday I met with Sigil’s President/Executive Producer Jeff Butler and Senior Manager of Marketing/PR April Jones to talk about the highly anticipating upcoming MMORPG, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

I took this opportunity to talk to Butler and Jones about one of Vanguard’s unique features: the presence of an in-depth diplomacy system. According to Butler, this system is complete and is being integrated into Beta 3. All that is left between now and launch - which should be some time this winter – is for designers to flesh out the depth of the system.

As much as I fear getting my hopes up, if the diplomacy system is as complex and engaging as Butler described, Vanguard might be the game to bridge the gap between social gamers (There, The Sims, etc.) and combat types. The diplomacy system, paired with crafting, should provide more than enough content for players seeking a non-combat experience.

The rest of the article is here.

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