Monday, January 30, 2012

EverQuest Going Free to Play

The biggest news in years, EQ is going F2P (free-to-play) sometime in early March 2012.

What does this mean?  For hardcore players there will be little change, as a paying subscription is still needed for the full game.  The main change is that the game can get new players to "try out" EQ without cost.

The free game is very limited and will not be something considered by the vast majority of current players.  The best thing for current players is the hopes for new blood in the game as well as monthly free Station Cash to purchase game extras.

Although the F2P status is still with many questions and subject to change at any time, currently it appears that for "Gold" members (those with an auto-pay $14.95 per month account):
Any player with a recurring membership will receive 500 Station Cash per month as long as they stay on an auto-renew payment plan. If you have a recurring membership but you cancel or purchase a non-recurring membership, you will no longer be on an auto-renew payment plan and you will immediately stop receiving the monthly Station Cash bonus even if you have time left on your existing membership.
There are still a lot of questions and everyone should expect some changes as SOE attempts to roll out EQ F2P  over the next few months.

Read the announcement from EQ Producer Thom Terrazas here and the details here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

New LaunchPad Coming Week of January 30, 2012

From EQ Players News:
During the week of January 30, 2012, EverQuest will be upgrading to LaunchPad 4! LaunchPad 4 offers many advantages over previous versions of our LaunchPad software, in that it handles data quicker, more efficiently, and takes less time to update your game.

So what do you need to do to get LaunchPad 4, you ask? It’s very simple. Just continue to use your current launcher for EverQuest as normal, and when EverQuest upgrades it will be automatically downloaded to your computer and installed.
Check out this link for the full information and answers to some questions.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Patch Scheduled Wednesday, January 11, 2012

From the SOE forum:
All EverQuest Live Servers will be coming down on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 3:00 am US Pacific* for a Game Update. The servers are estimated to be unavailable for approximately 5 hours. Keep an eye on the EQ Players website and the forums for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

*Time Zone Converter

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

All Characters To Get Origin AA Automatically At Level 5

From the SOE forum post by Elidroth, EQ Game Designer:
I'm moving Origin to level 5, auto-grant with the January patch. It's also getting the reuse timer reduced to 30 minutes. The idea of not being able to get back to bind is an outdated concept and basically is just annoying.