My interview with some of the designers of Arena Nets Guild Wars 2 is up over at OnRPG.Com
Go check it out here!
Firstly, information on the gorgeous Nova Praetoria, the centre of Emperor Coles powerbase.
This city ward, considered to be the most exclusive district in all of Praetoria, houses the elite of Praetorian society: Cole’s trusted Praetors and the myriad state employees and officials who have been given the special privilege to live and work next to humankind’s savior, Emperor Marcus Cole.
From Cole Tower, the tallest building and most dominant landmark in all of Nova Praetoria, Emperor Cole can survey all that he has fought hard to protect.
In the Magisterium below, his Praetors gather for the day-to-day business in Praetoria, capital of the Empire.
Surrounding the Magisterium courtyard are the five most influential structures in Praetorian government: the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Technology, the Civic Center, the Praetoria Police Headquarters, and the Cole Transport Authority.
Statues of the Praetors stand like sentinels over the Magisterium, reminding all who visit that Cole’s trusted advisors watch over the city with constant vigilance.
But these statues pale in comparison to the glory of Emperor Cole’s likeness, which stands before his tower, hand outstretched in greeting to all who visit here. Before this colossus stands the statue of Praetor White, Praetoria’s enforcer and head of the Powers Division, Praetoria’s super-powered police force.
Where there is a city, there is a support structure and in the darkness below the gem of Nova Praetoria we have The Underground.
The Underground is a network of tunnels that traverse the soft underbelly of Praetoria.
It was created to keep the appearance of the aboveground portion of the city unspoiled and uncluttered while the day-to-day maintenance and transportation tasks were carried out away from public view. Using the Lethe as its main artery, the tunnels follow a winding path through Nova Praetoria to Neutropolis and beyond.
You’d be best not to take Nova Praetoria at face value…
(More information to come soon we hope and keep an eye on OnRPG.com for my take on Going Rogue soon)
Not that Tinfoil hat though it is related.
So my little tinfoil wrapped titbit is a question. Given that Blizzard is held up on a pedestal and shown to be the company to watch when making an MMO, the company to emulate and the ones who set all sorts of trends… they’re obviously capable of judging how people will react to any given idea to a fair degree.
So if they aren’t going back on Real ID, why are they going forward? I don’t think it’s merely to clean up their forums.
All that data, accessible… that has got to be a marketers wet dream.