Armor is a vital protective element in most MMORPGs, something that ensures that your organs remain unsullied no matter how many hobbies your characters have that should rightfully result in some damaged body parts. In Crowfall, armor works like that as well, but it also has the added effect of being freely worn by all archetypes. It’s the secondary effects and the protection types that make the difference, as detailed in a new chart on the official site.
Aside from the differences in protection, equipping all armor of a particular type will have an effect upon your character’s performance. So a Ranger in full plate can unload her rapid-fire abilities more efficiently in plate armor, or she can enjoy quicker movement in leather, or she can enjoy bonus resource generation in chain armor. The chart was originally made for internal use, but it’s helpful for players as well; it’s well worth a glance to get an idea of how various different types will have differing effects on the battlefield.