Seems to be that the current information says there will be a seamless world without zoning, and that Guildleves will be instanced.
Now, also from what I understand, the quests that players get will come from Guildleves. So does this mean that the world, though seamless, will always be instanced to your Guildleve?
In Guildwars (though I only played very very briefly), the cities were non-instanced territory to group up with fellow players, and then when you ventured outside it was instanced to you and your party.
I'm really hoping it won't be like this. So I'm thinking this means that quests may be divided into two different types:
Guildleves will be instanced and geared toward direct character improvement. They might be sort of like the missions of FFXI.
Other quests would be the normal talk to random people around town and they ask for your assistance doing things. These would all be out in the non-instanced world.
Which makes me wonder, if a Guildleve sends you out to a zone to complete, will this be a zone that you can access when not doing the Guildleve? Will it only be accessible as an instanced area? Or will it be like a weird shadow world where there might be other players in the non-instanced version, but they wouldn't see you or your quest objective (nor you them)?
Did any of that makes sense?
Edited, Aug 24th 2009 2:21pm by striveldt