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I was one finger away from re-subbing to Vanguard. SWTOR is garbage as far as community with its Voice acting solo play. I played around with my old favorite WoW only to find it's a dungeon finder lobby game with no community aspect. I could not last three weeks. Other mmo's that I enjoyed or would like to play are D&D Online,EQ2 and LOTRO but they went F2P.....Vanguard was the last hope for a community driven mmo, at least in my books.
As far as Vanguard and it's low population.....SOE never advertised this mmo. What they did was offer free time to past players of SOE games only, and that was when Vanguard was still broken. Very few past players even received notification of free play time. And by only offering it to past players of SOE products, all this did was give the same few players the exact same thing !.....
This is not advertisement. It was just cheap !......99% of mmo players still don't even know what Vanguard is. At one time Vanguard was hyped with a window of about one year and even then only for Hardcore mmo players like us ever knew.
It's the developers responsibility to rally the community, not a few fans trying to sync players to play at the same time. In the past three years, thousands of players started and quit after just a few weeks of play. Never at the same time, only to find no community. Reaction's were always the same. " Good game but no one to play with " or " They fixed the game but no one to play with " SOE never even really tried !
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF COMMUNITY IF VANGUARD GOES F2P ?
For me, I'll be honest. Vanguard's quest are boring with the kill 10 rat's quest, you know old school out dated material. BUT and I stress BUT....Vanguard was made to be community driven. Mob's are hard to solo. Dungeons took hours, classes were great but hard to master. This is what Vanguard is all about !
If gone F2P, developers will dumb down game play, instance dungeons and sell packages that most will not buy.
How can you expect to get groups to do the hard content like the famous Dungeons if they were on a package deal in a cash shop ?....Do you think a good Guild would help if players still don't have Khegor's End, Chrysol Mines, Tomb or Lord Tsang, Temple of Dailuk, Lord Tsangs tomb, Ruins of Treengal Keep?....Do you think if you even make it to level 30 you can find players to do duo content in zones like The Lost Canyon or The Deep Swamp ?...Sure SOE will dumb down zones to play solo. But that's what you get with a F2P game all solo content.....Do you think scramming in a chat channel would yield a group when everything is a package ?
You know that friend you made, the one that you really click with ?...Well he does not have that package, he can't go !
Well, your getting what you asked for... F2P.... have fun !.....Just remember SOE caused the community problem. Not the players !!!!