EQ F2P in March

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EQ F2P in March

Postby Tarvas » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:45 am

EverQuest is Going Free to Play!



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EverQuest is Going Free to Play!





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Hello everyone - I hope you all are doing well early on in the New Year! With an exciting Veil of Alaris expansion just released in November, we're thrilled to announce the next big adventure for EverQuest®. After listening to your feedback and suggestions over the past few years, I'm happy to announce that in early March 2012, EverQuest will be going free-to-play.

We're excited to be expanding the EverQuest experience by making the game more accessible to every type of player so that you can choose to play the game in a way that suits you best. Anyone who wishes to start, return or continue to play one of the "Best Games of All-Time" can simply download and play EverQuest on their terms – think of it as Free to Play, Your Way. Recurring subscriptions, non-recurring subscriptions, Silver or Free memberships, item unlockers, and more. The game will now be setup to be flexible so that *you* can decide how much to pay, based on how much fun you're having.

EverQuest players are some of the most loyal, long-standing players of any MMO in existence. With the gaming landscape changing every day, we want to ensure we continue to evolve the game to keep players engaged and bring in even more new players to further expand the community. With no up-front costs or required membership, we might see a new player or two along the way, and more people is always a good thing!

Once we go free-to-play, here are some of the upcoming features and events you can expect:

•On Friday, March 16th, EverQuest becomes a teenager: 13 years old!!! We will be having some extra added events in the game starting that week leading up to that Friday and we're introducing some new items within POK to let you know what's in store.
•With the free-to-play launch, a renovated everquest.com website will be unveiled and after that, we will bring you upgraded EQPlayers pages.
•We have improved the functionality of our Map system! Some improvements include being able to view appropriate level content for your character on the map, allowing you to find zone lines much easier; and also showing you your wisps on the map to help navigate to where you want to go!


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.

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. Please be sure to send in any questions you might have via the Facebook page or Twitter so we can respond with answers during the Webcast.

See you in game very soon!

Thom Terrazas

EverQuest Producer
AKA "Phathom"

For more information on the transition to free-to-play please visit the FAQ and free-to-play matrix.
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Re: EQ F2P in March

Postby Tarvas » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:48 am

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Re: EQ F2P in March

Postby warador » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:04 am

so they are trying to get new folks to start free accounts and then getintersested and buy a subscription plus we get 500 sc so maybe i will be able to get those extra merc slots after all
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Re: EQ F2P in March

Postby Ommina » Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:21 am

warador wrote:plus we get 500 sc so maybe i will be able to get those extra merc slots after all


This is a good point. I'm suddenly less than motivated to do the tradeskill quest for the merc slot.

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Re: EQ F2P in March

Postby Jhereg » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:18 am

How much does the merc cost btw? Still have some left over from buying the guild hall.

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Postby Goofydoofy » Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:49 am

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Re: EQ F2P in March

Postby Oaklen » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:11 am

I think I am going to buy the Merc xpansion pack thing-a-muh-jig and try it out. Should be fun to experiment with the Tank merc. I am a complete ignoramus on setting for/using a DPS or Tank merc though. Any suggestions on where to get the quick setup guide info on them so I don't have my merc trying to asist me on pulls? :)

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Re: EQ F2P in March

Postby Meso » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:04 pm

Oaklen wrote:I think I am going to buy the Merc xpansion pack thing-a-muh-jig and try it out. Should be fun to experiment with the Tank merc. I am a complete ignoramus on setting for/using a DPS or Tank merc though. Any suggestions on where to get the quick setup guide info on them so I don't have my merc trying to asist me on pulls? :)

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Just make sure they are set to passive until you actually want them to engage or they will kill you deaded. They are quite the tards when left to themselves.

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Re: EQ F2P in March

Postby Derdarr » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:14 pm

always just set myself to puller never too much of a problem other than not always staying exactly in one spot.

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Re: EQ F2P in March

Postby Emarinn » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:37 pm

I use the call assist on the dps merc. It won't attack until you tell it to. You just have to remember to click the merc assist button :) ...which I sometimes forget to do, then I wonder why the hell it's taking so long to kill something.
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Re: EQ F2P in March

Postby Eubedyen Fourever » Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:32 am

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