EverQuest To Adopt Free To Play Model

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that EverQuest will be going Free To Play in March. The move coincides with EverQuest’s 13th birthday, which will be celebrated on the 16th of March 2012.

Thom Terrazas, EverQuest Producer wrote an open letter about the change.

“We’re excited to be expanding the EverQuest experience by making the game more accessible to every type of player so that you can choose to play the game in a way that suits you best. Anyone who wishes to start, return or continue to play one of the “Best Games of All-Time” can simply download and play EverQuest on their terms – think of it as Free to Play, Your Way.

We, the EverQuest dev team, are very excited about this new flexible system. Free-To-Play is the best fit for EverQuest and we are looking forward to supporting the game and our dedicated fans for years to come. This is a great year for everyone associated with EverQuest and SOE. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what’s coming in 2012.”

The model will come with three different ways to access EverQuest.

Free Membership: Full Access to the game. Four Races available.  Four Classes. 2 Character Slots per server. 10 Active Quests at a time. Limit of 250 on Alternate Ability Usage. Can reach maximum level. Ability limits. House but no Guild Hall. Limited Support.

Silver Membership: $5 non recurring subscription. Similar to Free Membership except 4 Character Slots per server. Inclusion of Guild Halls, 15 Active Quests at a time. Limit of 1ooo on Alternate Ability Usage.

Gold Membership: $14.99/month. Unlimited access to all races, classes. 8 character slots per server. Full support.

When the FTP model launches all players will get a welcome pack which will add items to their inventory.

More membership details can be found here.

Source: Press Release

 

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5 Comments

  1. i think i’ll have to give that a try, i don’t think i’ve ever played the original Everquest.

    but damn, 13 years?
    has it really been going that long?
    got to be one of the oldest MMOs still running hasn’t it?

  2. Everquest 2 is F2P on Steam, I downloaded it the other day, haven’t tried it yet though. It’s funny how most MMO’s seem to be going down the F2P route, whereas traditional games are headed in the opposite direct with DRM and Online Passes.

    • im not a MMO fan, but it seems to be that MMO’s are made by people/gamers who really want to share a nice experience with fellow gamers. Where as the console/mainstream games just want to whore out as much stuff, for as much money, as possible.

  3. The only MMO I’ve got into is World of Tanks (which I have a premium account on) and I play it in bursts along with other games rather than just playing that constantly. Awesome game but bloody hard as well.
    As for more traditional MMO’s like World of Warcraft and Everquest, I keep myself off them as I’m bad enough at playing normal games in regards to the time I sink into them, I want a social life so I limit myself a little.

    • World of Tanks looks amazing but sadly not on my humdrum PC . I was in the beta and was getting about 5 frames per second ! It looked beautiful when i didnt move though . Used to love massive long distance tank battles in Battlefield 1942 (Forgotten Hope Mod) and in Red Orchestra .

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