At E3 2010, Ten Ton Hammer had a chance to look over Vindictus
free-to-play fantasy MMOG developed by Korean publisher Nexon. Vindictus
features such as fully destructible environments and dungeons that
change each time you enter them. Ten Ton Hammer sat down with Nexon's
over some cool mead to get some answers about this intriguing game.
Ten Ton Hammer: At
launch, Lann and
Fiona will be the only two characters available?
Yes, they’ll be
the two characters at launch. Evy will be added shortly after that.
She’s my favorite character. I like playing mages and using
spells and she’s got some pretty cool spells. You saw the
that she creates using stuff from the environment.
TTH: With the
environment, will that
change with differences in the environment?
it depends upon
what is on the ground. If you try to create one in an area where
there’s not a lot of stuff, you might just have one or two
Ten Ton Hammer: So
it’s not just looks, but
the environment also affects the power as well?
it does. The golem
is pretty tough; he’s a good asset.
Ten Ton Hammer: We know
Lann is dual wield while
Fiona is sword and shield. What are the principal differences between
the two? Is Lann more attack oriented and Fiona more defensive?
Actually, it kind of
goes against the stereotype. Fiona is almost stronger than Lann, but
Lann is faster. He has combos that involve his dash a lot, so
he’ll dash into a combo. While she (Fiona) can pull her
to block or use it to bash. When it gets to special moves,
got some buffs for the whole party while she has stuff to repair her
shield or use it to make a really heavy shield attack. They have a lot
of different strategies. She’s slower, but not a lot slower
Lann, but when she connects, she does more damage.
Ten Ton Hammer: Do these
skills and combos use
some kind of power? Is there some kind of power gauge?
It’s a stamina
Ten Ton Hammer: We
didn’t get a chance to
look at the UI. Is it pretty minimalist?
There’s just a bar
on top for your health and another bar for your stamina.
a bar that shows your teammates’ health. There are some item
slots at the very top and a chat window on the bottom, and
pretty much it. It’s a pretty slim UI.
Ten Ton Hammer: We saw a
little bit of the ship.
I’m guessing that’s your training area to
yourself with the controls?
where you can party up before going into a dungeon. You can have some
fun there; you saw everyone throwing pumpkins around. There’s
town, where you do most of your RPG type of thing, and from the town,
you go to the docks. There, you can join a boat or create a boat, and
then the boat will take you to the dungeon.
Ten Ton Hammer: We know
crafting is going to be a
big thing in the game. From what I remember, there isn’t a
loot in the game. You pretty much develop everything you have over
time. Is that the case?
do get a lot of
loot, but most of the loot that you pick up is components of what
you’re going to craft. Some of it is usable, but most of it
stuff that you’ll take to the town where there’s
NPCs who have different crafting specialties. You’ll use the
components you loot, plus you can buy stuff from the NPC, such as
armor, that’ll already be crafted.
Ten Ton Hammer: So
it’s the NPCs doing the
crafting, not necessarily the players?
NPCs are where you
go to do the crafting, but you’re really the one doing it.
though you have to use the NPCs, it’s based upon your skills
knowledge. So, when you finish something, it’ll
can’t remember any NPC names right now, so let’s
Jim…when you learn something new, it’ll say Jim
how to craft that item. While they’re technically the ones
the crafting, it’s based on you learning it. It’s
the player doing it, but for story elements, it’s presented
the NPCs are the ones doing it.
Ten Ton Hammer: What
other sources of RPG
elements are going to be found in the town?
different types of quests and there’s going to be some fun,
non-combat type activities, which we haven’t revealed yet, so
can’t say exactly what they are. That’s also where
you’ll do a lot of your leveling up and learning your skills.
can buy skill books. Once you have the skill book, you can level the
skill up, but you have to buy it from the town.
Ten Ton Hammer: Is there
anything the players can
do interactively together, even if it’s a silly thing?
Absolutely. In the town
is where you’re going to see all the different players.
There’s marketplaces for player to player trading,
message boards, and in the future, we will have PvP, but not at launch.
Ten Ton Hammer: Like an
arena style PvP?
have a few different
modes. Of course, we’re going to have some of the typical
and some that are a little bit different from what you expect, which
are kind of fun. As I said, they won’t be available at
but they’ll be coming shortly.
Ten Ton Hammer: So, with
two characters, how will
players differentiate themselves from one another?
very customizable in their looks.