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EverQuest: F2P Coming in March

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,585MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Sony Online Entertainment and the EverQuest team have announced that the game will be going free to play beginning in early March, just in time for its 13th anniversary.

Also at the free-to-play launch, all players will receive a Welcome Pack containing items to add to your gameplay experience. You'll be able to summon a unique Mercenary to fight by your side and we're including some Bayle Marks to help pay for the services of your newly summoned Mercenary. A couple of Experience Potions are also included to help you increase your experience gained while adventuring. For all the collectors that like to show off all the great wares to your friends, we're giving you an item to display in your home and add to your collection. And finally, you'll be able to customize the appearance of one of your weapons with a Weapon Ornamentation - also included in the Welcome Pack. So be sure to check the claim window for your free gifts.

Read the full announcement letter by Thom Terrazas on the EverQuest site.

UPDATE: As part of the F2P push, Sony has also announced the closure of the Mac version of Everquest.

Thanks to Xexv for the link and heads up!

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  • kantseemekantseeme millville, NJPosts: 709Member

    Now if Sony would take VG to the F2P format i would be a happy panda.

  • herculeshercules lancashire,blackpoolPosts: 4,788Member Uncommon

    well i expect all soe products to adopt the free to play model since smedley has clearly said he believes this to be the future of mmo.

  • ZekiahZekiah Aurora, COPosts: 2,499Member

    I'll pass. Their idea of "free" is a joke.

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  • tigris67tigris67 New York, NYPosts: 1,783Member

    I was waiting for this to happen foreverah! woooooooo!

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  • niceguy3978niceguy3978 Gainesville, FLPosts: 2,000Member

    No access to the progression server.  That sucks, its the main reason for old players to come back.

  • finnmacool1finnmacool1 Corona, CAPosts: 453Member

    lol, wonder if they will "grandfather" former subscriber charrs to be playable like they ended up doing for eq2. Also wonder if the aa slider will be stuck at 50% for bronze/silver.

     

    Anyone know what a prestige item would be?

  • kantseemekantseeme millville, NJPosts: 709Member

    Originally posted by niceguy3978

    No access to the progression server.  That sucks, its the main reason for old players to come back.

    Yeah i dont understand that move.

  • Methos12Methos12 Maladis 46Posts: 1,234Member Uncommon

    Didn't really like how they handled F2P in EQ2, but I'll keep my eyes on this one. Who knows, perhaps even SOE can learn from their mistakes.

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  • SkillCosbySkillCosby Trenton, MIPosts: 684Member

    It's too bad that EverQuest looks like the predecessor to King's Quest 1.

     





     




     




     

  • MardukkMardukk Posts: 1,556Member Uncommon
    Before seeing the restrictions, I think this is a good move. There is already an item so why not make it f2p. I know I will be back. The massive amount of content cant be beat. Also it will be nice playing PvE focused game that wont screw the PvE content in the name of PvP. Hopefully VG will follow.
  • finnmacool1finnmacool1 Corona, CAPosts: 453Member

    Originally posted by Mardukk

    Before seeing the restrictions, I think this is a good move. There is already an item so why not make it f2p. I know I will be back. The massive amount of content cant be beat. Also it will be nice playing PvE focused game that wont screw the PvE content in the name of PvP. Hopefully VG will follow.

    At first glance it appears a carbon copy of eq2s which i despise. I dont think it will have the same negative impact however depending on what a "prestige" item is. For one spells tiers dont start in eq1 until what level 80? Secondly quests arent the main source of leveling so limiting these doesnt carry much weight either. 1000 aa for silver not sure the impact since i have like 500 max on my old chars. Ill give it a try and hope it doesnt turn out as gimped as eq2.

  • VyethVyeth Fayetteville, NCPosts: 1,459Member

    You have to be kidding me... The original EQ F2P before VG F2P? That is absurd.. I mean, I understand the anger and animosity involved in the whole SoE vs Sigil thing, but come on.. Money is money and VG would bring in players and flow (if they did the CS right) to SoE anyway..

    Anywho, I will more than likely get on this and return to a different age of mmo (if its even the same anymore).. Hopefully they create a new progression server that starts the timeline over with no expansions and works its way through them over time..

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  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,463Member

    can someone answer me a question plz..i have station access and this game is on the list..do i have to purchase the game to play it atm..i mean the early stuff not veil of alaris..or can i d/load the client now and play(i,m a tight bastard).

  • NiiehNiieh GhentPosts: 46Member

    Greeeaaaat news!!! I couldn't bring myself to pay for a sub, but I'm definitely going to play now. 

     

  • Rusty715Rusty715 Ogdan, UTPosts: 482Member

    Originally posted by Zekiah

    I'll pass. Their idea of "free" is a joke.

    Yes I found their EQ2 F2P model to be pretty restrictive.  I would guess this pretty much answers the question about the Everquest Next payment model.

    Really? This game sucks and Im not having fun? Im going to unsub right now. Thanks for the tip.

  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,643Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Vyeth

    You have to be kidding me... The original EQ F2P before VG F2P? That is absurd.. I mean, I understand the anger and animosity involved in the whole SoE vs Sigil thing, but come on.. Money is money and VG would bring in players and flow (if they did the CS right) to SoE anyway..

    It's entirely possible that EQ had the reources to make the switch sooner. Going Free to Play is more than just adding an item mall to the game.

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  • BenthonBenthon Cedar Rapids, IAPosts: 2,069Member

    Originally posted by precious328

    It's too bad that EverQuest looks like the predecessor to King's Quest 1.

     









     










     










     




     

    http://massively.joystiq.com/screenshots/everquest-veil-of-alaris-0/4594184/#/4

    Looks close, man.

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  • fenistilfenistil GliwicePosts: 3,005Member

    Well Smeadley continue with what he announced some months ago. SOE change from p2p to freemium model totally.

    Imo in max 2 years all SOE titles will be freemium. I bet EQNext will be as well.

     

    Well good to know, I know now I won't be playing any SOE mmorpg again.

  • ABRaquelABRaquel Minneapolis, MNPosts: 541Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by fenistil

    Well Smeadley continue with what he announced some months ago. SOE change from p2p to freemium model totally.

    Imo in max 2 years all SOE titles will be freemium. I bet EQNext will be as well.


     

    Oh totally, they already announced that Planetside 2 will be F2P, so EQ Next will almost certainly follow the same pattern.

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  • BrodterBrodter Abbotsford, BCPosts: 73Member
    Sounds like a good idea but far too late. The graphics are way outdated which will deter new players. As well, Sony's version of f2p is terrible. Their basic model is, players can login and make a character but if they want to chat or quest or make money or make a cool race, then you need to pay 15$ a month.

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  • ABRaquelABRaquel Minneapolis, MNPosts: 541Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Vyeth

    You have to be kidding me... The original EQ F2P before VG F2P? That is absurd.. I mean, I understand the anger and animosity involved in the whole SoE vs Sigil thing, but come on.. Money is money and VG would bring in players and flow (if they did the CS right) to SoE anyway..

    Anywho, I will more than likely get on this and return to a different age of mmo (if its even the same anymore).. Hopefully they create a new progression server that starts the timeline over with no expansions and works its way through them over time..




     

    So they increased the team size and there seems to be a new Producer.  Hopefully this means Vanguard might go the F2P route soonish.

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  • ABRaquelABRaquel Minneapolis, MNPosts: 541Member Uncommon



    Originally posted by Brodter



    Sounds like a good idea but far too late. The graphics are way outdated which will deter new players. As well, Sony's version of f2p is terrible. Their basic model is, players can login and make a character but if they want to chat or quest or make money or make a cool race, then you need to pay 15$ a month.




     

    Not really, if you want a specific race or class you can buy them on the SC Market, my problem is that they rip off people...$7.50 for a class.

    Another issue that annoys me is that they don't allow free players to wear Fabled/Legendary items, at least let folks that prefer micro transactions to pay for access to Fabled/Legendary without having to subscribe.



     

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  • Loke666Loke666 MalmöPosts: 17,949Member Uncommon

    I guess it was just a matter of time.

    I wonder if they plan to do the same for Vanguard as well? I have a feeling that are choosing between that and closing it down, I hope they keep it around. Even with all it´s flaws it is still a good game.

  • Panther2103Panther2103 Edmonds, WAPosts: 2,356Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Benthon



    Originally posted by precious328



    It's too bad that EverQuest looks like the predecessor to King's Quest 1.





     





















     






















     






















     










     

    http://massively.joystiq.com/screenshots/everquest-veil-of-alaris-0/4594184/#/4

    Looks close, man.




     

    Looks like darkfall. Oh well tolerable graphics for games nowadays, I'll definately give this a shot when it goes F2P

  • kantseemekantseeme millville, NJPosts: 709Member

    Originally posted by ABRaquel



    Originally posted by Vyeth



    You have to be kidding me... The original EQ F2P before VG F2P? That is absurd.. I mean, I understand the anger and animosity involved in the whole SoE vs Sigil thing, but come on.. Money is money and VG would bring in players and flow (if they did the CS right) to SoE anyway..





    Anywho, I will more than likely get on this and return to a different age of mmo (if its even the same anymore).. Hopefully they create a new progression server that starts the timeline over with no expansions and works its way through them over time..










     

    So they increased the team size and there seems to be a new Producer.  Hopefully this means Vanguard might go the F2P route soonish.

    the sec VG goes f2p im there with bells on. Will have to knock the dust off of Byron and get back to work =)

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