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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 7:25PM (Unverified) said

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@Janitor

Disciple and blood mage are both great classes! And while I do not normally like playing a necro, VG's is very fun.

This is great news!
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 5:44PM (Unverified) said

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Outstanding news! I can't wait! I really hope this brings in players and the support this game deserves.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 5:53PM Ardwulf said

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At last! Now I will never have to may a subscription fee for an MMO again.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 9:06PM notinterested said

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@Ardwulf You will if you are at all serious about this game. Do some homework on SOEs idea of F2P.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 12:15AM Ardwulf said

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@notinterested Do your own homework. I'm reasonably happy with the implementation in EQ2, and I doubt this will differ all that much. If I were hardcore, the story might be different, but if you're hardcore then you ought to subscribe anyway, eh?
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 5:54PM Ardwulf said

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Vanguard Forever!

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 6:03PM (Unverified) said

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Vanguard was a great game marred by a poor / unfinished launch. Played the game for over a year and had a LOT of fun over that time. The game offers a lot to do and the open world dungeons and such are a very nice changed to the instanced MMO market of today.

Sadly this may be too little / too late. But we will have to wait and see how it goes.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 6:12PM ihatemmorpgscom said

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It is unethical for any competitive MMORPG to go F2P. Is this really anything other than transparent greed and exploitation?

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 9:31PM (Unverified) said

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@ihatemmorpgscom
Unethical? How in the world is it unethical to change your business model? They are still offering a product that consumers have a choice to buy (or not). Heck, it's not even a product that people need, it's a damn video game for god's sake.

Also, exactly who is being exploited here? Seriously man, you need to get a dictionary before you start talking about things you don't understand.

It's been said before but it bares repeating: Video game companies are in business to sell a product, make money and satisfy investors. That's it. Get over yourself.
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 6:17PM real65rcncom said

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Pretty soon, the Station Pass won't have any reason to be sold if Sony keeps turning all their games into F2P projects.

I mean, why pay for 'all access' to every mmos when all the good ones they have are now F2P?

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 7:25PM corpusc said

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@real65rcncom

i guess you forgot that all their f2p games also have Gold/Subscription levels with alot of extra features.
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 7:35PM (Unverified) said

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@corpusc

Yes, I have two station access accounts and play EQ2 and Vanguard on both. I USED to play SWG, as well. /sniff /curses LucasArts once again.

I will probably keep at least one of the station accounts just for the "gold" benefits.
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 6:18PM (Unverified) said

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Vanguard has the deepest RPG exeperience of any MMO I've played and it always made me sad to see it dying on the vine. I truely hope it gets some honest to goodness development.

The game would be so great if it had a full server. So many huge cities and dungeons that are just empty.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 5:21AM corpusc said

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and because so many people say things like this Vanguard has the most potential for the most explosive growth of any other f2p conversion.

so many people site how great the game is for the type of game that it is (including myself), and say the main reason they don't play is because of the population, and feeling like nobody is working on it. both those problems will be solved, and it could have huge exponential growth due to this.
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 6:45PM Mylamber said

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When I saw this, I was like HELLZ YEAH!!!

I'm really looking forward to getting back into Vanguard, way to go Sony! My desktop is full of your free to play MMO games, of which I have a hefty cash shop wallet to spend where I want, when I want. I can't wait to add Vanguard to the list.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 6:51PM henbot said

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best MMO news I've seen in ages.

i still remain skeptical about this dev business, i've heard that line before regarding devs and Vanguard.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 7:04PM trinica said

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I've never heard of this game before, I suppose I'll check it out when it goes F2P.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 7:10PM Budukahn said

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I'm interested, but Sony's prior F2P offerings in Everquest 2 leave me lukewarm to the idea. I really didn't like the way they had the cash shop set up there and if they do a similar thing here, especially in terms of locking out particular classes in expectation of a fee, I doubt my enthusiasm will last long.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 7:20PM (Unverified) said

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Buy it cheap now, and make one of every class. If EQ2 is anything to go by, you'll get to keep them when it goes F2P.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 7:55PM (Unverified) said

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I'll have to try it when it does. And wow, I'm surprised Jeremy didn't get to do this write-up since he's the only Massively staff member I know that plays it (and streams it even).

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