Everquest 2 removing item restrictions on Free Accounts

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor September 28, 2013
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SOE has announced a new incoming change to Everquest 2 that will move the MMORPG from "somewhat Free-to-Play" to "a little more Free-to-Play than before". In a news post on the official EQ2 website, SOE revealed come October 1st, item restrictions will be a thing in the past for the MMO.

Previously, both Free and Silver accounts were restricted from using Legendary and Fabled equipment. Since these items are arguably necessary for end-game content, it meant Free and Silver accounts were pretty much left out of the loop. Now both account tiers will be able to earn all items, without having to pay to use them. As a slight incentive boost for gold accounts, SOE will be adding a permanent 15% increase to earned coin and a 10% increase to mount speed.

SOE will also begin offering their first expansion, The Age of Discovery, as a feature bundle. The bundle will allow players to purchase all the features added in the expansion or selectively purchase only the features they want. The feature bundle will be available for 4000 Station Cash, with each individual feature offered at the following Station Cash rates:

* Beastlord: 2500 SC
* Mercenaries: 1500 SC
* Tradeskill Apprentice: 1000 SC
* Reforging: 1000 SC
* Dungeon Maker: 1000 SC

Players will still need to purchase the latest expansion, Chains of Eternity in order to reach the max level of 95. Details regarding Everquest 2's upcoming expansion, Tears of Veeshan, will be revealed next week.

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Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (16)

jass 8 years ago
good play game

Golgo28 8 years ago
Wait for it.Wait for it.Do you here that?It's the sound of a hundred subscribers to EQ2 raging over the item restrictions being removed.And calling anyone not subbing names lke freeloader and moochers.free and silver account players duck and cover.Think I'm kidding go check the forums.They announced that not only are item restrictions are being removed but they giving every player the 20 AA from the AOD xpac since it's being broken down into features.

Personaly I think removing te item restrictions are great.I'm a long time EQ 2 player and I'll still pay for gold to support the game I like.But it's nice to know that if money is tight during a month I can still use the loot I get without needing unlockers or a sub.Any one saying it's wrong that they are removing f2p restrictions cause it devalues gold.Is an idiot.God forbid if you like the game and you have the extra money that you choose to support the game to keep it going.

And to anyone complaining about having to buy xpacs stop.expansions for p2p mmos usually cost money(yes I'm aware that a couple don't but most have and do.).Here SOE is giving you the base game and all the xpacs from before DOV for free.So if SOE is only asking me to buy a expansion and not requiring a monthly fee I'm fine with it.And as a side note DOV is included with COE.So your getting too expansions for the price of one.As for beastlord being a feature you have to buy big deal beastlord sucks.Shadow knight for life.

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Cobraeik 8 years ago
I almost started downloading this, then realized I still need to pay 80$ for the expansions to get everything. Nope.

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removalmitt 8 years ago
I wonder if EQ next will be truly ftp or limited ftp. Completely selfish but I hope their plan falls on it's arse otherwise they could implement this for EQ next - shame because I'd like to give it a try but won't touch games that force you to pay to be able to access all playable content.

Mystika 8 years ago
Took your time SOE...should have been done ages ago.

tomas benitez 8 years ago
Mounted your mom

Vec1ple 8 years ago
Heuheue,,,,


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