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The Classic EverQuest MMORPG Finally Goes Free to Play

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EverQuest now features a free-to-play model.

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that EverQuest has officially gone into Free-To-Play (F2P) mode. The long-standing MMORPG is also celebrating its 13th birthday by offering in-game activities and game updates including improvements to the maps, improved Find Tracking, improved navigation, a zone path finder and more.

"Through 18 successful expansions and countless other game updates, EverQuest has forged its place in history amongst the MMO and online game elite," said Dave Georgeson, director of development of the EverQuest franchise. "With one of the most loyal player communities in the industry, we believe that after 13 years we need to provide them with a wide variety of ways to play the game on their terms. Players can now choose to play in a way that suits them best and continue to expand their game experience…until the next milestone birthday!"

As with EverQuest 2, SOE is providing three models for the classic MMORPG including Free, Silver ($5.00 USD) and Gold ($14.99/Month USD). Free members have full access to the base game and its 17 expansions in addition to four races, four classes, two character slots per server, four bag slots and more. By spending $5 in SOE's virtual shop, free members are automatically upgraded to Silver, which offers a few additional perks like more player character slots, additional bag slots and other perks.

"Originally launched in 1999, EverQuest arrived as a brand new evolution within the respective MMO, RPG and online gaming genres, with continued recognitions over its epic 13-year history for pioneering major concepts such as guilds and raiding online," SOE said on Friday. "EverQuest now joins the ranks of fellow free-to-play favorites DC Universe Online and EverQuest 2– both of which successfully made the transition to free-to-play within the past year."

Once users download the 11.7 MB installation file, EverQuest requires an additional download of 8.32 GB. To get started, head here and hit the big green Play Free button. A Station account is required.

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    NuclearShadow , March 18, 2012 1:45 PM
    EverQuest was the MMORPG that was such a major success and made everyone else want a piece of the pie. The game was a quality game as well. There is a reason why so many have come and died while EverQuest still goes on. Before WoW when someone mentioned MMORPGs the first game that came to mind was EverQuest.

    13 years of pay to play when newer games are now lucky to achieve a few years. Not to mention the countless ones that ended completely. You have to hand it to EverQuest it is a piece of gaming history. For the critics please point to me a game you developed that had a 13 year P2P lifespan.
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    Anonymous , March 18, 2012 3:39 PM
    " logged back in yesterday, and realized why I hated that game so much so long ago. I couldn't even find my way off the plane of knowledge, let alone find components for my spells. WoW is just light years better."

    Easier is not always better. Everquest as a raid game is much superior to wow. It harder, involves more people and tougher stratigies. People don't use addon's to make playing their class easier like heal bot
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    jgutz2006 , March 18, 2012 12:57 PM
    ohh man and to think that my first Quake 3 clan fell apart due to flakes leaving for EQ!

    Quakelive.com, quake fans are quite loyal as well!
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    NuclearShadow , March 18, 2012 1:45 PM
    EverQuest was the MMORPG that was such a major success and made everyone else want a piece of the pie. The game was a quality game as well. There is a reason why so many have come and died while EverQuest still goes on. Before WoW when someone mentioned MMORPGs the first game that came to mind was EverQuest.

    13 years of pay to play when newer games are now lucky to achieve a few years. Not to mention the countless ones that ended completely. You have to hand it to EverQuest it is a piece of gaming history. For the critics please point to me a game you developed that had a 13 year P2P lifespan.
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    aoneone , March 18, 2012 2:01 PM
    wow big news.. eq emulator is stronger than ever and with original servers dedicated to 1999 realism. big deal. Hah!
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    Hypertraxx , March 18, 2012 2:03 PM
    lol da fuq, like anyone wants to play this crap. Just like WoW.

    Well maybe some people do... Virginity must be high to them.
    May the virginity gods be with them who play these games and protect them another 13years from girls.
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    dgingeri , March 18, 2012 2:48 PM
    I logged back in yesterday, and realized why I hated that game so much so long ago. I couldn't even find my way off the plane of knowledge, let alone find components for my spells. WoW is just light years better.
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    Anonymous , March 18, 2012 3:39 PM
    " logged back in yesterday, and realized why I hated that game so much so long ago. I couldn't even find my way off the plane of knowledge, let alone find components for my spells. WoW is just light years better."

    Easier is not always better. Everquest as a raid game is much superior to wow. It harder, involves more people and tougher stratigies. People don't use addon's to make playing their class easier like heal bot
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    Dyseman , March 18, 2012 5:06 PM
    Man, Flashback to Voodoo2 Card and Hell Levels. Back in the day, this was my first official pay per month game. Back in a time I thought people were crazy to pay a subscription just to play a game.
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    Dyseman , March 18, 2012 5:12 PM
    PlasmidShit, Just looked at the graphics and they haven't been updated. I bet supermario has better graphics than this crap.


    Yeah, Super Mario updated over the years, but... Super Mario 1, 3, and World are much more fun to play than current versions. Can't Raid in Super Mario... Period.

    EverQuest updated to EverQuest2 and a future one in the works.

    Playability is what people really want. If you want better graphics, you get the newer version.
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    iknowhowtofixit , March 18, 2012 5:22 PM
    NuclearShadowEverQuest was the MMORPG that was such a major success and made everyone else want a piece of the pie. The game was a quality game as well. There is a reason why so many have come and died while EverQuest still goes on. Before WoW when someone mentioned MMORPGs the first game that came to mind was EverQuest.13 years of pay to play when newer games are now lucky to achieve a few years. Not to mention the countless ones that ended completely. You have to hand it to EverQuest it is a piece of gaming history. For the critics please point to me a game you developed that had a 13 year P2P lifespan.


    ^ I approve this message
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    lashabane , March 18, 2012 7:46 PM
    NuclearShadowEverQuest was the MMORPG that was such a major success and made everyone else want a piece of the pie. The game was a quality game as well. There is a reason why so many have come and died while EverQuest still goes on. Before WoW when someone mentioned MMORPGs the first game that came to mind was EverQuest.13 years of pay to play when newer games are now lucky to achieve a few years. Not to mention the countless ones that ended completely. You have to hand it to EverQuest it is a piece of gaming history. For the critics please point to me a game you developed that had a 13 year P2P lifespan.

    Don't forget about Asheron's Call. Sure it came out 8 months after EQ but it still has it's own loyal following and is still pay 2 play.
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    mhokett , March 18, 2012 7:51 PM
    Ill stick with EVE for p2p and Anarchy online for f2p
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    Dogsnake , March 18, 2012 8:13 PM
    With GW2 now months away instead of years I think we will see additional free play chances from existing games wanting to attract new players and keep old ones. I think it is a great chance to get into the game.
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    rantoc , March 18, 2012 9:02 PM
    Old as hell yes, poor gfx yes, still have among the best content iwe seen in an mmo. Its even challenging unlike most todays mmo's thats playable by facerooling (face drooling too perhaps...).
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    bystander , March 18, 2012 10:44 PM
    EQ had a lot of great experiences for me. The fact it was very rough on penalizing and the lack of the EZ-button most games today have, made everything you do more exciting. I remember the first time I crossed the world in that game at level 8. It took hours and a lot of deaths, but I was left with great memories I never got from other games. I also had some of the most fun just trying to recover my corpse. We'd have to come up with great strategies to beat encounters on our own, there was no WoWwiki for EQ, at least when I played. I do miss MMO's that put grouping ahead of soloing. I even miss the slower pace of EQ, but I don't think I could play such a time consuming game today.
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    nbelote , March 18, 2012 10:51 PM
    Some players of modern MMOs get by on raw talent or luck of the draw, and then there are those of us that had to grind through EQ's insanity. Raiding with 72 people (usually more outside the raid zone), trying to get to the "safe zone" and then having to take, usually, an entire weekend day (at first) from dawn to dusk just to clear the zone and get Inny or CT. We survivors of EQ are the true skilled players today because we learned it all the hard way.

    When I played WoW I totally roflstomped other healers with way better gear than mine simply because of said skill, and today in SW:TOR I pull 75% of the group's dps on my own and my gear's average. EQ and the experiences I had playing it prepared me for true pwnage. Thank you, EQ, for showing me the path to awesomeness.
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    thor1310 , March 18, 2012 11:22 PM
    EQ raiding was always superior to WoW's....it was the rest of the game that was an exercise in masochism
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    bystander , March 18, 2012 11:35 PM
    thor1310EQ raiding was always superior to WoW's....it was the rest of the game that was an exercise in masochism

    I miss EQ leveling in Kunark, when there was enough areas that you could do a honest to goodness dungeon crawl. Original EQ was too crowded. Grouping in Kunark was a lot of fun, when there was enough space, which was pretty much always if you avoided Sebilis (sp?) and Sebilis was a lot of fun for quite some time as long as you were willing to go deep enough.
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2012 1:21 AM
    I perfer DAOC myself always have & always will
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    stryfe1986 , March 19, 2012 1:34 AM
    ill just stick to Ultima Online ;) 
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