Vanguard advances January 30

Sony Online Entertainment confirms end-of-month release date for MMORPG; $89.99 limited edition also revealed.

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The massively-multiplayer-online-gaming market is about to get a little more massive. Sony Online Entertainment and Sigil Games Online have announced that the MMO role-playing game Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be released in North America and Europe on January 30.

The PC game will be available in two editions--a $49.99 standard edition and an $89.99 limited edition. The pricier pack comes in a collector's box loaded with goodies, including the game's soundtrack, an art book, a cloth map, one hero card that grants a unique in-game item, and more. Those who preorder the game will get an invitation to the game's beta and live servers three days before the public, as well as an in-game scroll that boosts a character's sprinting ability.

Vanguard is currently in beta and features three "uniquely-themed continents" and creatures and gear from fantasy lore in a free-roaming MMORPG setting. The game offers three main styles of gameplay, tried-and-true adventuring, entrepreneurial crafting, and world-changing diplomacy.

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is rated T for Teen. For more information, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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