Vanguard’s “Vision™” Now Includes Full RMT

Posted: March 12, 2009 by Kendricke in Vanguard
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Per this post on the Vanguard official forums, the Station Exchange system being utilized on two Everquest II servers is being activated on ALL Vanguard servers:

Sony Online Entertainment has partnered with Live Gamer to provide Vanguard: Saga of Heroes customers with the same exchange system that our EverQuest II customers on The Bazaar and Vox servers enjoy.  Live Gamer exchange provides the security and transparency needed to trade virtual items with confidence, and with the Live Gamer system, participants will be able to both auction and purchase virtual assets (characters, coin, and items) securely and safely and without the risk of the fraudulent activities that plague 3rd party websites that are not authorized by SOE to provide these services.

In case you missed it, this means ALL Vanguard servers will have FULL Real-Money Transaction capabilities:  all characters, items, and coin will be available for purchase in real dollars.  Good luck, folks.

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Comments
  1. Wilhelm2451 says:

    Wow! I am speechless…. well, nearly.

    I mean, the grind for money drove black market RMT in EverQuest, but I didn’t think that was part of the hardcore Vision(tm) that Brad was trying to recapture.

    This should be interesting to watch.

  2. Petter says:

    Huh. I guess I will have to take this into consideration, I was planning on re-subbing to Vanguard in the near future…I don’t mind the item shop in EQII, but full RMT? I am not sure what to think.

  3. Cuppycake says:

    Full RMT but it’s not free to play?

    Count me confused.

  4. Loralor says:

    Would it be a prelude (read: testing grounds) to apply it to all EQ2 servers in a not-so-far future?

  5. sente says:

    There is RMT and there is RMT. Isn’t the Station Exchange version of RMT that players can trade stuff between each other and not shops like in some other games?

    In the latter type of game any RMT-type trading between players are typically forbidden so it is quite a different route and Station Exchange would not quite be comparable to the “f2p” games.

  6. Kendricke says:

    Station Marketplace is not “RMT” according to the definition put forth by SOE CEO, John Smedley. Marketplace is microtransactional sales for special/unique items that are purchased directly from SOE.

    Station Exchange/Live Gamer is RMT in the more traditional sense, where players can sell items, coin, or even characters to other players directly.

    Whereas you could consider Station Market to be similar to Amazon.com, Station Exchange would be closer to Ebay.com.

  7. Xeavn says:

    I will be really curious to see what this does to the population of the Vanguard servers. If I had to bet, they will likely lose at least a portion of their current player base, and I don’t think it will be a small portion either.

    Anyone heard when this will go live, or can vanguard players already sign up for Live Gamer and start listing characters / gold?

  8. blackmoore says:

    This is great, welcome to 2009

  9. julubme69 says:

    Soe sucks.

    No RMT ever.

    I dont pay to play in reality.

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