from the article...
The High Fantasy MMO from one of the genre’s founders is attempting to turn back the clock on MMO design. Veteran designer Brad McQuaid and his new company Visionary Realms want to craft the true spiritual successor to EverQuest, a deep and difficult game, at a time when gameplay is being increasingly trivialized and truncated.
McQuaid tried this once before... it was Vanguard, and he sold out when the money from Microsoft dried up because the game wasn't ever going to run on the original XBox. Who'd he sell to? The company he'd repeatedly criticized, SOE/Verant. "Just a publisher" and "no influence on the game" only lasted 6 months... then McQuaid disappeared and the game tumbled down the hill to accessibility and mediocrity. It was a better game 1.5 years before launch than it was at launch.
I want it to succeed along the lines they're saying, but... there's only a track record that shows it won't be done. I greatly hope it will suceed. It's the MMO I want... but, I won't get my hopes up.
Edit: heartwarming sound effect at 12:47