Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Special Report (Day 4)

"We don't want people to feel like they're grouping up just to grind - like that is a necessity," continued Darrin. "We want to build the social aspects of this kind of game, so we add depth over time." As you play through Vanguard, your characters naturally gain strength and new abilities, and the game unfolds to reveal a "tiered complexity" that requires both focus and attention in order to make the most of your chosen class. "It won't be possible to buy a character off of eBay and jump right in; you need to spend the time leveling and learning to play your class properly."

But it's not as though you'll be blindly stumbling along; special class-specific quests are being designed to help you learn to play. If, for example, you play as a Warrior, you'll need to figure out how best to use your defensive form - so when you approach your designated Warrior trainer, he won't just perform some magical hand motions that give you a new button on your action bar. Instead, he might just beat the crap out of you, then give you the new defensive form so that you can actually see what benefits it yields when he challenges you again. The basic idea is that trainers will teach you something that will help you succeed, not just add more buttons for you to jab with your fingers.