SOE has announced that they are bringing Vanguard into their free-to-play fold. The game will join other SOE titles that have made the switch, like EverQuest, EverQuest II and DC Universe Online, in Summer 2012.

“A few weeks ago, we began ramping up the Vanguard development team with some familiar faces.  Our criteria was simple; we wanted the most Vanguard-knowledgeable, passionate developers.  While we plan to continue growing the team over the next few months, I wanted to briefly introduce a few of our team leads, including Salim ‘Silius’ Grant (Creative Director), Todd ‘Hobart’ Schmidt (Technical Director) and me, Andy Sites (Director of Development).  Fortunately, I am the only noob to the world of Vanguard, although having been part of the original EverQuest, EverQuest II, Free Realms, and Clone Wars Adventures teams, I’ve spent most of my career working on MMOs,” wrote Andy SitesDirector of Development.

“Over the next several weeks, we plan to roll-out individual ‘spotlight’ pieces for each team member, to give you an opportunity to get to know each of them.  In addition, you can expect to see more frequent game updates, as well as more detailed information regarding the upcoming free-to-play aspects of Vanguard.”