Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Is Going F2P
In a letter to the press that went out earlier today, SOE announced that their high fantasy MMORPG Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, will go free to play starting this summer. This brings an end to a troubled, 5 year period of subscription based membership that has years of near-nonexistent activity and the eventual reduction to a single server for all players.
Also announced is confirmation that new content for the game will be provided after a very long hiatus. While details haven’t been revealed, the development team has been “ramped up”, according to the statement, and brand new content is planned for later this year, along with a few technical updates, the first of which will be released by the end of this week. This announcement is notable as aside from two bug fixes released in August, 2011, significant content has not been released for Vanguard since 2008.
Whether or not going the free to pay route can save Vanguard is unknown; the game has had a troubled history since launching in 2007, losing customers and receiving frequent criticism for bugs, botched balancing and other gameplay issues. But it will at least be in good company. Nearly every MMO has or will be going that route; even money magnets like Blizzard and Electronic Arts are flirting with the switch.