The bulk of the quests found in each zone tie in with the story of the zone, usually culminating in a large battle at the end of the questline for that area. The story for each zone, in turn is linked to the overarching story of Telara. The majority of these quests are geared towards solo or small group gameplay.
The storyline of the game is told from the points of view of each player faction - Guardians or Defiant - so certain quests may be specific to particular player factions.
Quests are also used to obtain new souls. When a quest offers a soul as a reward, players are allowed to choose from any soul they do not already have. This allows players to pick up new souls in whichever order they wish.
Other than quests linked to the main story of Telara and quests to obtain souls, there will be many other types of quests, including
* off-story quests for special rewards,
* quests associated with non-player factions,
* "end game" quests,
* quests linked to rifts,
* daily quests automatically given upon entering dungeons,
* hidden quests that are obtainable via items or exploration, and
* quests purely for fun.
Certain quests will require a group to finish, and quests are set up so that several quests can be completed while fighting. Some quests will be part of quest chains with "great stories"
There are "heroic challenge" quests which are miniature raid bosses in instances which act as quest goals.
Trion Worlds has certain guiding principles they abide by in designing quests.
1. No solo instances: Senior Design Director, explained that MMORPGs by definition should promote interaction between players rather than solo gameplay.
2. No access quests: the developers want players to be able to experience dungeons as soon as they are of the required level rather than needing to gain access via a quest. However, they are considering using access quests for future additions of zones.
3. No pop culture references: Ffinch explained that what is funny now may not be funny in several years
4. No quests with multiple endings: since it is more effective to create two quests than to create one quest with two endings
In short, wide variety of quests for a wide variety of interests lol.