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    EQ to offer Free 2 Play (F2P) starting in March 2012

    Early March signals beginning of EQ F2P


    On March 18, 2012, Everquest will turn 13 years old. As such, it is the longest running paid MMORPG still in service.


    This morning, Everquest Executive Producer Thom Terrazas announced that beginning in early March, Everquest will be free-to-play. According to Terrazas, this move is intended to make the game more accessible to every type of player.


    Players who log in after the change will receive a welcome pack. Amongst other things, player will receive a unique Mercenary to fight by the player's side, Bayle Marks and Experience Potions.


    Quoting from the Official Announcement:


    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.


    One last note, we will be doing a Community Webcast on Thursday February 2, 2012 covering all of the exciting free-to-play details.

    We will continue to bring you further news and information about this development as its available.
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    From what I can gather, if you choose to continue with your monthly subscription, nothing will change. How they make content available in the future is anyone's guess though. But It doesn't seem like much will be different.

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    Agree. For most of us that have a character over 65 or so, it would seem that the Gold is the only way to go anyway.
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    My hope is that it brings back a few old names who are looking around out of nostalgia and then choose to stay. It's probably too much to hope that it will bring new blood in to the game but my fingers are crossed in anticipation!
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    I quit 6 months ago, was quite looking forward to dabbling in norrath for free. Having looked at what a silver player's entitled to, I think I may be disappointed but we'll see.

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    It's somewhat disappointing that some returning players who are unwilling (or unable) to subscribe have the expectation that they can use/do everything they could with a regular subscription and then proceed to torture those of us who do still have regular subscriptions with their whining. I think "returning" players should think about starting new characters and enjoying norrath within the limitations of F2P rather than constantly complaining about not being able to use clickies on gear that's six years old and weaker than defiant anyway....this is the primal scream room right Come back, toy around with a new toon for a little bit, decide you want to come back with a paid subscription and work on your original toon. Oh and another complaint I don't want to hear..."I can't catch up, there's no sense in coming back". Between hot zones, potions, lesson of the devoted (if you have the time in previously), etc. it's quite easy to gain levels and AAs and if you have just a few people to run with, the gear will come too.

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    It got me back in the game and yes, I went gold.
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    I have returned as well, you'll find me in Blackfeather, milking AAs with the bears, if they're open
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