I am an optimist and like many other optimists, I prefer some good news rather then no good news. Needless to say when I heard SOE was lifting some of the Free-to-Play restrictions imposed on players in Vanguard: Saga of Heroes I nodded my head in quiet approval. According to SOE, the plan is to make both the F2P and monthly subscription avenue more attractive for new and old players alike.
Those choosing the F2P path will now find no class or race restrictions. In any other MMORPG this may not have been that big of a deal, but when you add up the 19 different races available along with 15 unique classes you’ve suddenly got quite a lot of extra customization options. Free players can also own a house now along with the ability to create guilds, something that was previously restricted to subscribers only. Speaking of subscribers, Vanguard subscribers will also now benefit from an added 50 percent boost to XP; a 20% discount on several fees; and an additional house which also receives a discount on upkeep.
Sadly F2P players are still gimped on the gear side of things, with Vanguard continuing to restrict access to rare and higher items. You can find the full producer’s note with all the details here.