Gamebiz has published a three-page Q&A with an unnamed Iron Lore developer about their upcoming action RPG, Titan Quest. Here's a taste:
Q: Will there be friendly and neutral NPC's in the game?
A: The premise of Titan Quest is that humanity is beset by strange, mythological beasts. So the other humans you find will be your allies. Some NPCs will have primary and side quest information for you. We also tried to put in a good number of NPCs who will talk to you about other things, like what daily life in these ancient places was like. We even have storytellers (one in almost every town) who recite a myth, just as bards such as Homer did in those times.