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Posted: Jul 28th 2010 2:10PM Zantom said

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Vanguard would have benefited from F2P WAAAAAYYYY more than EQ2. Another brilliant move from SOE.

Posted: Jul 28th 2010 2:36PM (Unverified) said

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Agreed. Too bad SOE just wants Vanguard to quietly wither away and die. :-(

So much potential too, so sad.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2010 6:14PM Saker said

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Agree completely with DeathMutant.
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Posted: Jul 29th 2010 9:20AM BigAndShiny said

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soe basically wants everquest 2 to succeed even though they know vanguard is a better game. As such they make eq2 free-to-play, but leave vanguard to slowly die on subscription model, which is unfair.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2010 2:49PM (Unverified) said

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I played the Vanguard trial completely through recently and had a blast. My feeling after finishing the trial was that I couldn't justify paying a full subscription price to play a game that had few players and no dev support.

I would, however, play a F2P Vanguard and would probably even spend some money in game. I hope SOE uses this new F2P server model for all of their games.

Posted: Jul 28th 2010 3:14PM (Unverified) said

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I'd be interested in playing Vanguard if it used the Turbine/DDO/LotRO hybrid model, but not the SOE EQ2X cash shop mess that looks to be on the way.

Posted: Jul 28th 2010 3:51PM (Unverified) said

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I've really enjoyed Vanguard every time I've given it a shot. Barren world is the only thing that kept me from sticking around. They should really go F2P and sell XP potions; hell, I'd even buy some.

Posted: Jul 28th 2010 4:56PM (Unverified) said

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I'd be much more interested in F2P Vanguard than EQ2 any day of the week

Posted: Jul 28th 2010 6:15PM Saker said

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Agree!
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Posted: Jul 28th 2010 4:59PM wondersmith said

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I agree that SOE would do well to add a F2P option to all their MMOs. I'd probably try out Vanguard and SWG, and would certainly return to the original EverQuest occasionally. Sometimes I miss role-playing an ogre.

Posted: Jul 28th 2010 6:38PM Gaugamela said

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Look again...

THE BOAT IS NOW DIAMONDS!!

Posted: Jul 28th 2010 7:09PM (Unverified) said

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That's the nature of F2P, you can buy your way through or you can experience it with integrity. The way Station Cash (in EQ1) works right now, you can basically halve your leveling time with $$ bought exp potions - in a game with a subscription fee. I think we all know that SOE intends to maximally monetize every player in all of their games, F2P or not.

It's up to each individual player to decide where they stand; whether they want to play the game to experience the content or purchase their way past the content.

I look at a F2P option as enabling me to see something I wouldn't otherwise choose to pay for. The limited trials for these massive games just can't show you enough of the game world for you to make a truly informed decision. In a F2P situation I might $buy in to open up a race, or a class but that's about it. If I did really enjoy the game (EQ2, Vanguard, SWG) and want to invest a substantial amount of time, I would definitely want to switch to a full subscription and have all the content available to me.

I do hope that they make it easy for people to make that switch (from F2P to P2P).
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Posted: Jul 29th 2010 9:52AM Valdamar said

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I'm sure that, at some point, SOE will try out a different kind of F2P plan on Vanguard. At this point very few of their existing MMOs are bringing in much revenue compared to what they used to (except Free Realms I guess). I have a sneaking suspicion that SOE will be testing out different models and ideas on their existing MMOs because they're in the planning stages for a new major WoW/EQ-clone MMO - maybe EverQuest 3 (I think they'd use the EverQuest name again, but probably not set in Norrath).

Plus they have DCUO and The Agency waiting in the wings and Planetside 2 in development. While SOE have always kept old MMOs on life support with the Station Pass I wonder if a time will come when they have another big hit and decide not to care about the older games anymore, because they have more up-to-date revenue streams in place.

From SWG/Planetside/EQ1-2 we know SOE like to make drastic changes to their MMOs to try to pull in new subscribers or to test things, without a care for existing subscribers, so it fits. After NGE, BFRs, Station Store and now this silly F2P model on EQ2 it's only a matter of time before SOE make another huge blunder that will live on for years in infamy.

Even if Vanguard went F2P I'm not sure I'd try it again - I'm sure it's a lot better now than it was when I played it (how could it not be?), but it's still an old fashioned MMO with "I take a turn, you take a turn" combat and I've moved on and want something a bit more involving than that.

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