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EverQuest 2 Getting Free-To-Play Starting August

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

SOE announced that it's introducing a free-to-play option for EverQuest II.

Sony Online Entertainment said Tuesday that a new "free adventure service" is heading to EverQuest II. Called EverQuest II Extended, the new service will provide access to premium-subscription quality content through a free-to-play and optional paid membership levels. A new web-based download application will also be introduced, making it easier for players to jump into the game rather than waiting on extensive downloads.

"Players can register within minutes, download the client to join other people in an epic journey, and launch into adventure in a fantastical online 3D world," SOE stated in a press release. "Extended is the ultimate MMORPG experience. Excitement with every breath and adventure around every turn is now available for free!"

According to SOE, gamers can play Extended without needing to purchase software, use a credit card, or be required to take on a subscription. Extended will also grant players access to all EverQuest II gaming zones through The Shadow Odyssey. A Marketplace will be available for purchasing power-up potions, armor, classes, races, weapons, mounts and more.

But wait! There's more! "Both EverQuest II and Extended players will enjoy a plethora of recent user-interface improvements designed to improve functionality and game navigation," SOE said. "Players will experience a new and improved character progression through the Golden Path while creating their own legend with the Storyteller adventure journal that visually displays quest exploration. Additionally, both titles received a graphics quality update that gives a more realistic immersive experience to fully enjoy the beauty of Norrrath."

To learn about Extended's multiple tiers of service, head here. Extended is scheduled for a beta launch "on or around" August 17, 2010.

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    borisof007 , July 27, 2010 11:34 PM
    All will fall to the mighty WoW machine!
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    skora , July 28, 2010 12:07 AM
    Ummm, Sony, no one is hear to read your announcement, they're all playing SCII. Should have picked a dfferent day for this one.
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    eddieroolz , July 28, 2010 12:54 AM
    WoW is unstoppable at this point, but this is a nice change for those that play MMORPG.
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    Azriel4444 , July 28, 2010 1:15 AM
    Huh, LOTRO or Evercrack? Which will be more fun to play for free?
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    razorblaze42 , July 28, 2010 2:22 AM
    Quote:
    @ eddieroolz "WoW is unstoppable at this point, but this is a nice change for those that play MMORPG


    Did you just compare that crappy game WoW to eq2?
    Electron eq2 Server: Antonia Bayle Fear the Bayle Rawr!!!!!!
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    HalJordan , July 28, 2010 2:41 AM
    Everquest what?
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    rpg123 , July 28, 2010 3:13 AM
    I actually met someone who played eq2, they exist.
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    dEAne , July 28, 2010 3:20 AM
    What is this Everquest?
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    veryed , July 28, 2010 3:22 AM
    So when will they follow with the original Everquest? I miss EQ but just can't justify the $15/month subscription fee.
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    prodigygamer , July 28, 2010 4:48 AM
    SOE is useless, WoW is like candy to a screaming child and UO came before them all.

    EQ/EQ II is beneath Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, which gets no love from SOE and is in my opinion one of the best MMO's ever created, just a very bad launch.

    SOE will not be getting anymore of my money once RIFT comes out (if it can deliver)

    Can't wait for RIFT: Planes of Telara
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    sicpric , July 28, 2010 4:54 AM
    So Everquest 1 is still $15/month, but EQ2 is free? Wow haha!
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    airborne11b , July 28, 2010 5:56 AM
    I agree with Prodigygamer, Vanguard is far superior to WoW and EQ, but high system requirements and poor launch killed the subs.

    But imo best MMO out atm is Aion, everything about Aion is better than Vanguard, but that's saying a lot because VG:SOH is a very good MMORPG.

    I wouldn't be caught dead playing WoW, how embarrassing. Or any low grade blizzard games for that matter lol. D3 and SCII fail hard lol.
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    hardcore_gamer , July 28, 2010 8:46 AM
    bad timing..this week belongs to starcraft 2
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    thebigt42 , July 28, 2010 12:16 PM
    sicpricSo Everquest 1 is still $15/month, but EQ2 is free? Wow haha!

    All kidding aside...I don't understand Why pay for EQ I when you can play for free? Granted you must (for some reason) want to play EQ at all.
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    Anonymous , July 28, 2010 1:26 PM
    The Free to Play thing for EQ2 doesn't give you access to all the game's content, you have to pay for the full game and the subscription fee for that.

    The details for this are still in the works and alpha testing has begun, so how it all works is subject to change based upon community feedback.
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    zaznet , July 28, 2010 3:14 PM
    Azriel4444Huh, LOTRO or Evercrack? Which will be more fun to play for free?


    Having played both... LOTRO

    However each have had significant changes since launch and LOTRO claims to be something "entirely new"... again...

    Since you can play them for free, try them both and decide for yourself.
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    hellwig , July 28, 2010 3:28 PM
    veryedSo when will they follow with the original Everquest? I miss EQ but just can't justify the $15/month subscription fee.

    Same here. I momentarily reactivated (now deactivated again) my account I hadn't played on for 8 years just to try it out. Still some fun left in the old EQ, but not worth $15/mo. Makes me wonder how bad EQ2 numbers are if its still worthwhile to charge for EQ1 but not EQ2.
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    SoiledBottom , July 28, 2010 5:27 PM
    Free to play = Having Ugly girlfriend
    Paid content = Having Hot girlfriend

    playing mmo's all day = no girlfriends
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    enforcer22 , July 28, 2010 7:53 PM
    razorblaze42Did you just compare that crappy game WoW to eq2?Electron eq2 Server: Antonia Bayle Fear the Bayle Rawr!!!!!!


    so he compaired a crappy game to a crappy game so what. :p 
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    Intershield , July 28, 2010 9:25 PM
    WoW looks like DX8 grafx
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