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With Vanguard Going Free to Play, PlanetSide Becomes the Last SOE Subscription Based MMO March 21, 2012

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EverQuest, EverQuest II, Sony Online Entertainment, Vanguard SOH.
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In November of last year, when EverQuest II slated to go fully free to play, I asked the obvious question;  which of the remaining SOE subscription MMOs would also go free to play?

Back then, only four games remained subscription based.  And even then, rumblings seemed to indicate Vanguard might have a free to play role in the line up.  That was clearly the wave of the future at SOE.

The SOE Options in November 2011

With the announcement today that Vanguard is going to go free to play (FAQ here), there is only one subscription MMO left in the SOE lineup.  PlanetSide stands alone.

As of Today

What will happen to PlanetSide while SOE works on PlanetSide 2?

Will SOE keep it as a subscription game for now?  Will they make it free or free to play?  Or will it go away before its successor shows up?

There do not seem to be any good choices in that mix.

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1. bhagpuss - March 21, 2012

For some reason I always assumed Planetside would close when the sequel launched. I’ve never played it so I don’t have a horse in this race and I haven’t really been paying close attention. I will play PS2 if its free, though, which it will be.

I really wish I’d played EQOA.

And what fantastic news about Vanguard. Happy fox dance!

2. Warsyde - March 21, 2012

I really wish SOE’s “free” to play conversions didn’t seem so abysmally restrictive. I much prefer the model that lets you play with everything and spend money on cosmetic/beneficial/cool/fun extras rather than giving you a tiny little subset of the content and saying “oh, you want out of that? Pay up!”

As much as I think cash store ships in Star Trek Online are overpriced and the lockboxes are annoying, it is otherwise almost completely painless to play F2P, and I wish more of the conversions were like that. The massive race/class restrictions in EQ are a real turn off for me.

Hmm, speaking of which, if you previously had a character that belongs to a non-free race/class can you still play it, or do you need to unlock the race & class in order to make an existing character playable?

3. HarbingerZero - March 21, 2012

Finally! Yay!

@Warsyde – I think one thing that SOE does right, both for them and us, is the Silver “one time buy in” upgrade that Cryptic lacks. Its another source of cash, but its also a great deal for us to pay a one time fee to get some basic things that every player wants – extra character slots, access to better skills and equipment, etc. As a result, games like EQ and EQ2 have gotten money out of me, even though I’m not a player that shells out $10 for a horse.

Beyond that, the only game that should get criticized for “pay for content” is LotRO, and rightly so. The idea that I have to pay to unlock quest givers in each individual area challenges the very idea of the game being F2P.

4. Omali - March 21, 2012

I think Planetside will shut down when Planetside 2 launches. There’s no reason to keep it running, if I remember correctly SOE has said that Planetside 2 will run on computers capable of playing Planetside anyway. Either way, the game already has enough trouble with hackers which would only get worse under free to play.

5. Commentary on F2P Vanguard « Ardwulf's Lair - March 22, 2012

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6. Analysis of the Vanguard F2P News | Vanguard Forever - March 22, 2012

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7. AnonUser - June 11, 2013

Omali, I don’t know where you heard that PS2 will run on machines that can handle PS1, but that’s absurd. PS2 has such high system requirements that you’ll need a government supercomputer just to run it at medium settings…


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