EverQuest 2 to Get F2P Servers in Extended

Posted July 27, 2010  

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Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today that a new free adventure service is coming to players worldwide with the release of EverQuest 2: Extended. The critically acclaimed PC franchise has liberated more than five years of impressive, award-winning content to online adventurers, absolutely free.

Extended joins the highly successful EverQuest 2 live subscription service, and together, provide EQ2 players with a choice of either a subscription-based or free-to-play business model — two distinct experiences operating in parallel, a first in the MMO industry!

“As the digital entertainment market evolves, SOE is focused on continued innovation in content delivery that best fit the needs of the growing consumer base,” said Sony Online Entertainment President, John Smedley. “Our goal with Extended is to offer players an alternative to our current subscription program that gives them the option to choose a program that best fits their play style.”

Extended provides access to premium subscription-quality content through free and optional paid membership levels. Powered by an all-new web-based download application, new and veteran players alike can experience the excitement and depth of EQ2’s content without a daunting installation or a massive download. 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. Extended is the ultimate MMORPG experience. Excitement with every breath and adventure around every turn is now available for free!

“The very nature of an MMO is change, and the decision to create Extended was fueled by evolution of the industry landscape,” said EverQuest 2 Producer, David Georgeson. “By offering two services side by side we have given the power to our players to determine the program that best fits their game play style.”

Extended players will finally experience the vast depth of content only available in EverQuest 2 without a subscription, credit card or software purchase. Extended will include free access to all EverQuest 2 game zones through The Shadow Odyssey. Players will be able to purchase power-up potions, armor, classes, races, weapons, mounts and more through the marketplace.

Both EverQuest 2 and Extended players will enjoy a plethora of recent user-interface improvements designed to improve functionality and game navigation. 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.

The Extended adventure includes the recently added New Halas, the ultimate starting zone with premium designed content for players levels 1-20. Extended also gives players quick and convenient game access through the web-based streaming download application that lets players get into the game quicker than ever before. Extended will also feature multiple tiers of service upgrade options that allow players to customize their gaming experience to fit their needs. Details of these options are illustrated Here.

EQ2 Extended is scheduled for a beta launch on or around August 17, 2010. For more information on EQ2 Extended visit www.eq2extended.com and the FAQ is available at http://eq2players.station.sony.com/free_to_play/extended_faq.
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  • o'really

    It maybe that the F2P trend is picking up steam or SOE is trying way too hard (in the wrong direction) to save its dwindling EQ2 population. I doubt this would do them any good since EQ2;s been lacking in the fun department for years now and it's definitely not because of the business model.

  • mujen

    time will tell, but it is nice to see western developers finally try it. look what f2p did with dying DDO. since it went free to play it has net grossed over 500%. now lotro soon to follow…a mystery for sure…

  • cayode

    so when is SWG going free-to-play?

  • Tony

    *Secret World*