Some big news on the EverQuest II front today. The first, and most significant, bit is that EQII will follow DC Universe Online and go to a free-to-play model early next month. Dave Georgeson, franchise executive producer, goes into greater detail on the decision over at the official site. Sony also announced that a new expansion will launch early next month, titled Age of Discovery. The expansion is detailed below (for you front-page readers). EQII is also turning seven, and to celebrate, the folks at EverQuest2.com have launched a series of new features detailing the history of the franchise.
For current players, some interesting additions are on the horizon with Age of Discovery. The expansion will be available as a standard edition and a digital collector’s edition. The standard edition will sell for $39.99, while the CE is currently being offered at a lower pre-order price of $59.99; adventurers wanting to grab the CE after launch will have to pony up $89.99. The extra cash will include an array of in-game items: a Cloak of the Truespirit, Dungeon Maker Unique Monster Spawner #1, Dungeon Maker Unique Monster Spawner #2, Armored Flying Pegasus Mount, Unique Beastlord Warder Pet, Lavastorm Prestige Home, Custom Dungeon Maker Map Layout, and a Robe of the True Spirit. The pack itself will include a Dungeon Maker, which sounds quite nice, as well as the return of the Beastlord class, the ability to hire mercenary companions, a reforging system, tradeskill apprentices, and an increase of the AA limit to above 300. Be on the lookout for Age of Discovery to go live in the coming weeks.
“We’ve listened to your concerns about the complexity of the subscription structure, how the separate forums between EQII and EQ2X divide the community unnecessarily, that the Live Gamer servers are under-populated, and that many people want more flexibility with payment options so they can better manage their personal budgets.” – Dave Georgeson, executive producer