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SoE Shutting Down Vanguard, Free Realms, Wizardry, and Star Wars Clone Wars


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Today, SoE announced that they'll be shutting down four of their ongoing MMOs before the middle of the year. Free Realms and Clone Wars will be shutting down on March 31, while Wizardry and Vanguard will be shutting down on July 31.
 
Reported by PC Gamer:

 

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it will be ending support for four ongoing MMORPGs: Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Free Realms, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and Wizardry Online. Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures servers will shut down on March 31, while Vanguard and Wizardry servers will stop on July 31.
In a statement sent to PC Gamer, Michele Cagle wrote, “At Sony Online Entertainment, we are always evaluating our portfolio to ensure we’re providing players with the best gameplay experiences. At times, as part of this commitment, we have to make the difficult decision to sunset a game so we can refocus our resources on other areas in the best interest of our company and player community.”

The statement references decreasing player counts as a key reason for the shutdowns. Still-active and once-active players have a few months to get back into the game one last time, if they’d like to. It can be a hard, sad thing to say goodbye to a world where you’ve spent a lot of time, even if you’ve since moved on.

SOE President John Smedley will be holding an AMA interview on Reddit at 6 p.m. Eastern today. If you have any questions about the shut downs or SOE’s plans for the future, that would be the time and place.



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And as expected, Smed wouldn't address anything. Well, Trion really needs to get ArcheAge done and done right as in 6 months, I have no home...


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And as expected, Smed wouldn't address anything.

 

What was said in the AMA?



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When questioned about selling the game/ip, "No. For business reasons I can't get into this isn't possible."

 

I didn't see him answer any other Vanguard related questions. I stopped following it after the first hour, no need to. He chose to hide in Reddit and avoid his customers on official forums so it's obvious that he doesn't want to hear it or deal with it. He's more concerned with disappointing his little girl tonight when he tells her that FR got cancelled too.


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Hey, FreeRealms was legit. For it's audience, it was awesome. My younger brother played it and had a blast. Of course, it was inherently a niche game, because the age group it targeted was so outside of the normal age range of MMO players, but still, it was fairly balling from what I could tell.



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Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes and now these :o

Thats why im not trusting SOE anymore.



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RIP Vanguard

Not as buggy as ArcheAge OBT, but too complex for the normal MMORPG player ^^


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RIP Vanguard

Not as buggy as ArcheAge OBT, but too complex for the normal MMORPG player ^^

Errr, are we comparing ArcheAge OBT to vanilla Vanguard or the latest version? Because vanilla Vanguard is pretty famous for its bugs and one of the worst MMORPG release in history. ArcheAge OBT was damn smooth in comparison.



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Errr, are we comparing ArcheAge OBT to vanilla Vanguard or the latest version? Because vanilla Vanguard is pretty famous for its bugs and one of the worst MMORPG release in history. ArcheAge OBT was damn smooth in comparison.

 

Latest version of course, still buggy ^^


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never played any of those