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January 21st, 2012, 13:26
There's an interview at Gamebanshee : http://www.gamebanshee.com/interview…interview.html

The expansion is focused on epic levels and the epic content primarily will be what players will find in the Forgotten Realms areas. But that said, we’re taking steps to make sure that you don’t have to wait until level 20 to start getting involved in the epic storyline. It will start at level 16 with the Update 13 free adventure pack, which is the prologue to the expansion pack story and the setup for how players will eventually get to Forgotten Realms. So you don’t have to start at level 20 - you can begin more around level 15 - and will be able to get into those dungeons and start playing
GB: Alright, just so I understand this right, the creature companions won’t actually be able to participate in combat? Will any of them add a bonus to ability scores or skills or anything? If not, would you consider adding pets that offered combat bonuses or stat boosts, or will they always be purely cosmetic?

Eric: Yeah, initially they’re purely cosmetic. There’s room to expand what they do but they will not be a combat or stat-boosting type of pet.
Fernando: It’s pretty safe to say that it’s going to take twelve epic heroes to face off against a deity in her own domain. So, yeah, Lolth will be an epic encounter in every sense of the word and is fitting for our first epic raid.
I haven't given you too many specifics, but we’ll at least confirm that Driders are coming and they’re a big part of the Drow faction and the Lolth worshippers there. Lolth is coming to prominence in our storyline, and in the world of the Forgotten Realms, and in all the events that are happening across various different storylines you’ll see happening this year in different D&D properties. It’s safe to say that her followers are going to rise to prominence and make their presence known.
Too bad they are only focussing on this high-level stuff - and too bad there weren't any questions on low-level and mid-level things.

The problem I see, personally, is that every MMO soner or later comes into the place of catering exclusively the currient high-level class pf players - and those have the loudest voices in the forums, I guess, too.

The cries for "we want more" is like … being pushed by a crowed into a certain direction … And this "push" on the other hand might let developers forget that there are low-level and middle-level crowds, too …

If this game won't give low-level or middle-level characters anything new anymore, then it will reach a point where it becomes uninteresting for me.

Personally, I don't want a game which is - as an end result - only catering the players who have the highest-level characters.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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