Yet another MMO has decided to hand out free levels to players new and old. In a letter from Senior Producer Holly Longdale, Everquest 2 announced the creation of Heroic characters and a promotional event, called Hero’s Call, giving players a chance to try all the spiffy new characters out. According to the letter, Heroic Characters are pre-leveled and pre-designed with the goal of providing “a fun and easy option for existing and returning players to play or experiment with our characters and have immediate access to high-level content.’
The event begins October 1st and will allow players to create one new Heroic character per household for free. It will also allow existing accounts to create or upgrade to a Heroic as well. After the event ends on October 15th, the only way to get a Heroic character is through the cash shop, where players will be offered three different options:
1) Try Before You Buy: This option offers one full level of play from Level 85 to 86 – which takes a typical player several hours – with 100 Alternate Advancement (AA) points to test out a class of your choice at a high level. The Free Trial includes a flying mount, armor, consumables, and a few restrictions.
2) New Heroic Character: A full Heroic Character can be purchased at Character Select or while playing as a Free Trial character. It includes a level 85 character, 280 AAs, all items included in the Free Trial, and is unrestricted.
3) Upgrade Existing Character: The Upgrade option allows you to select any existing character at any level and upgrade it to a Heroic Character. All upgraded characters are leveled to 85 and are increased to 280 AAs, but not beyond. If you are above level 85 and have more than 280 AAs, you won’t receive additional levels or points, but will get a bundle of items that includes the flying mount, armor, and consumables.
Everquest 2 is currently enjoying its 9th expansion, Chains of Eternity which raised the level cap to 95. Players who snag a free Heroic Character will still need to purchase Chains of Eternity in order to reach max level.