Vanguard - New Player Guide @ Official Site
SOE shows its hand in a new player guide at the official Vanguard: Saga of Heroes site.
As the game begins, a character must be created. A race must be chosen from the regions of Thestra, Kojan or Qalia. A class must also be selected pertaining to a player’s personality and occupation choice. The classes are Protective fighter, offensive fighter, healer and caster. The protective fighter is a set of fighting classes that focus on defense, while offensive fighters center on attacking. The healer set has special abilities to increase their health or that of their friends. The caster set is able to administer spells, much like a wizard from fantasy.
Source: Sony Online Entertainment