I would think they have a base lore for the ancient part of
the world and the portals. It would be a
bit odd just hopping out a portal with absolutely nothing. With the recent Steve leaks there is
something we just have to wait unless Steve can be coaxed to let more slip out…./snicker
I get all of that. I just find it difficult and am not a fan of "Sorry, no lore." decision on a game that is of the MMORPG (role play part specifically) genre and you can't effectively RP in depth stories if there's no base to go off of. You can give a base lore without giving deep details.
I believe they are purposefully leaving a lot unanswered. They have said many times that one of the core ideas of AoC is that things can and WILL change. They want us to be able to explore, delve deep, travel and WANT to go see new things. I know this is one of the huge draws for me, because I love the idea that a road I take often while trading goods can look different every time, and change over time so that I have new things to see and explore!