We are still considering doing the "Linkdead Broker" thing where you can leave your broker up but be signed off the computer. We just have not been able to get it into the schedule. This will allow folks to turn off their computers when they are brokering, but their account will be logged in..
We will not be doing a fully offline broker model like other games at this point. The resource requirements are huge, and we cannot justify it.
- Ngreth, EQ Developer
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
From this thread on SOE forums: