After a strong run of five years, SOE's Vanguard: Saga of Heroes (which Tim Tackett reviewed back in 2007) will be switching over to the free-to-play model. Andy Sites, Director of Development, reveals a few details in his post on the offical Vanguard blog:
At SOE, giving players choices is the theme of how we're moving forward as a company. We see free-to-play (or as we refer to it, Free to Play. Your Way.) as a big part of our future and we like the flexibility it offers players. Therefore, I'm happy to announce Vanguard will be the next in line of our AAA games to make this transition. Since we've literally just begun on the work, I'm not ready to go into much detail. However, I will say that you can expect something similar to EverQuest®, EverQuest® II and DC Universe™ Online when we roll-out our free-to-play offering this summer.
The developers also promise more updates at a higher rate than in years past, with new content and general improvements. To that end, they have grown their team with various new tech leads.