Nov 10, 2011

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EverQuest II Goes Free-to-Play

EverQuest II Goes Free-to-Play

Fans of MMORPGs and those looking for another free-to-play option will be glad to hear that legendary MMO Everquest II will be going free-to-play next month. The news broke via producer Dave Georgeson, who explained in an online letter today that Sony Online Entertainment will be combining EverQuest II and EverQuest II: Extended into one game with a single membership service. The biggest change to the game will be no up-front fee for downloading, installing, and playing.

The remaining changes will take place through a new membership model for EverQuest II. In his letter, Georgeson explains that the decision came about largely due to fan feedback concerning the convoluted payment structure and divided forums between EQII and EQII:E. The game will now operate under a three-tiered payment structure: Free, Silver, and Gold. Current subscribers to EQII will automatically become Gold members when the change launches. Bronze members from EQII:E will become free members, and will have access to limited features compared to subscribers. Silver membership will provide a means of playing in-between Free and Gold, with many (but not all) restrictions removed.

Georgeson also announced that the changes will go into affect on the same day the “Age of Discovery” expansion launches in early December. Pre-orders for the expansion are available now.