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More and more MMORPG developers are choosing to go with a free-to-play model for their games. On top of that, more and more existing MMORPGs are being converted from their subscription models to free-to-play, the latest of which is going to be Everquest II.
Sony’s venerable Everquest series was the biggest thing in the MMORPG world prior to Blizzard taking the stage with World of Warcraft and Sony is trying to draw players back to the second game by launching both a new expansion and re-launching the game as a free-to-play title. You can watch the trailer for the re-launch below:
While the game itself is now free-to-play, free players will be subject to a number of restrictions (only two character slots, access to only four races). That said, free-to-play players will be able to progress all the way to the game’s current level cap. Much like other games that have converted to a free-to-play model, Everquest II now features a bunch of optional extra microtransactions that players can pay for. Notably, players can pay a one-time fee to upgrade to a silver account, which unlocks a number of extras, such as the ability to form guilds and gain additional character slots.