EverQuest II turns 7, goes free-to-play and gets new expansion


EverQuest II (PC) Free to Play and Age of Discovery Announcement - Screenshot 1Some 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.

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“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

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Official Site: EverQuest2.com & EverQuest2.com – Age of Discovery

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