14 july 2012
I know, it's old news by now that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is going Free2Play. Since half last year rumors were going around of a possible Free2Play when $O€ picked up development of Vanguard again. At that time most (potential) players were rather hoping that it'd go Free2Play that being sure it'd happen.
Last month, $O€ finally announced officially that Vanguard will become Free2Play, and they did immediately made a matrix for it, showing the difference between free and subscribing players.
As expected, this matrix wasn't received very well. Most arguments (including mine) was that it's no use to cripple free players THIS MUCH and then hope they'll subscribe to the game for $15/month. After all, Vanguard is already running for 5 years and the player-base is close to non-existing. And for once $O€ listened to it's player-base, changing the matrix a bit
Right now, the above matrix is still in place with the following changes:
- For COIN allowance, we bumped the coin limit from 1 plat to 3 plat for FREE players.
- For ITEMS, we included "Uncommon and higher" for FREE players. Some items will still be limited but it will be on a case by case basis.
- For In-game Mailing, we give FREE players full access, but at higher mailing rates.
- For CHAT, we give FREE players full access.
- For the BROKER system, we give FREE players full access, but at higher broker fees for placing items up for sale.
(taken from the Vanguard forums)
Personally I think these changes to the matrix are good and might bring the game back to live. Players can experience most of the content of the game, yet be a bit restricted in some ways. The money limit of 3pp is an odd one though. It might seem like not much, but trust me, in Vanguard you won't be able to make money easy The rest of the changes made are good, aside from the full chat thing (RMT spam comes to mind).
But I still do think that $O€ should make one additional change to the matrix - the subscription price. Just lest be honest, the game is running for a bit over 5 years now, charging $15/month and it's common knowledge that there are less than 500 subscribing players for the game. And some players playing Vanguard actually play it because they have a Station Pass, which includes Vanguard as well.
As for me, because Vanguard is going to be Free2Play, I resubscribed again to the game yesterday and am trying to get a head-start of the upcoming influx of new players...
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