Five years after launching Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
for Windows, Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it will convert the subscription MMORPG to free-to-play.
SOE has had plenty of success picking up millions of users with the free-to-play model in online games such as Free Realms
and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures
, and has been converting many of its subscription titles to free-to-play like DC Universe
It's not been shy making that change with older MMOs either, as was the case with 2004's EverQuest II
and 1999's EverQuest
. The new business model has breathed new life into those old games, spurring huge increases in user sign-ups and item sales
's userbase isn't nearly as large as the aforementioned titles, SOE hopes to bring more players to the game after it rolls out the free-to-play update this summer. It also intends to put out updates for the game much more frequently" now.
To support the free-to-play switch and future updates, SOE has brought in a number of developers who previously worked on Vanguard
back to the development team, including creative director Salim Grant, technical director Todd Schmidt, and development director Andy Sites.