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EverQuest 2 going free-to-play in December

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that EverQuest II is the latest title in its library to adopt the popular free-to-play business model.

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Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it will combine its current free-to-play version of EverQuest II with its standard title, hopefully minimizing complaints of a divided community.

A letter published from EverQuest II producer Dave Georgeson earlier today explained the decision: "We believe the key to meeting your expectations is to provide more flexibility and to deliver what you want when you want it, whether it's basic game content, full subscription access to the game, or something in-between. So in early December we're going to change things to be 'Free to Play. Your Way.'"

The plan to combine the free-to-play EverQuest II: Extended and EverQuest II will place the service under a single membership umbrella. 'Bronze' memberships will now simply be referred to as 'free,' 'Silver' service has been reduced to $5 per month, and $15 per month nets players 'Gold' service.

Free and silver services come with a number of restrictions, including silver users being limited to four characters, and may only gain spells up to the Expert tier. Free member are limited to two characters and Adept-tier spells. Platinum membership is no longer available for purchase, SOE has revealed; however, exiting Platinum memberships will continue until expiration.

Full details and breakdown of each new tier are available on the official EverQuest II website.

Sony Online Entertainment also announced the EverQuest II: Age of Discovery will launch on November 30.

Xav de Matos was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    November 10, 2011 5:00 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, EverQuest 2 going free-to-play in December.

    Sony Online Entertainment has announced that EverQuest II is the latest title in its library to adopt the popular free-to-play business model.

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      November 10, 2011 5:01 PM

      Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it will combine its current free-to-play version of EverQuest II with its standard title, hopefully minimizing complaints of a divided community.

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      November 10, 2011 10:35 PM

      I wonder which tier my former account characters would fall under. I haven't played in years... would my account and characters still exist?

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        November 10, 2011 11:09 PM

        I know that old EQ1 chars are kept. They may not be visible due to all the server merging, but if you delete teh ones you don't want, one's your looking for should show up. I'm not sure if they ever added any way to manage them other than that. I also know there are name issues due to merging, so the chars may not still be named the same.

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