From Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson the EQ2 Forums:
Hi there, Norrathians!
You may not realize it, but we talk about you all the time. All day, every day, we dream up ways to make these games better for you, the loyal players and fans of Norrath.
EverQuest and EverQuest II have both been running as free-to-play games for a good chunk of time now. We’ve learned a lot while that’s been happening, and we can make things better for you.
So, we’re going to take out a bunch of the free-to-play restrictions that you’re used to as a Free or Silver player. Why? Because we want you to play more of the game without restriction. We think that letting you play more of the game lets you learn to love Norrath and gives you more chances to connect with the community and make friends.
As of mid-next week, we’re going to be removing the following free-to-play restrictions in EverQuest and EverQuest II. Free and Silver players will now have access to all of the following options:
- We are opening up ALL CLASSES except Beastlords
- We are opening up ALL RACES except Freebloods
- All bag slots are unlocked
- All players can now use the shared bank slots
- The quest journal restrictions are lifted entirely. Quest away!
We hope that the Free and Silver players among us (and there are a great many of them!) will be very happy about this news. These are good things indeed!
Director of Development, EverQuest Franchise
Sony Online Entertainment
P.S., A few of you may wonder “well, why not unlock all the other F2P restrictions”? The answers are complex, but basically boil down to one of three reasons in every case: a) By design, Gold membership is an “everything is open” option. Free and Silver are ways to choose your options “a la carte” by unlocking them selectively, b) there are some malicious scenarios that can happen when free accounts get unlimited access to certain game features and we need to avoid those, or c) a very few things are restricted to Gold membership to let Gold membership have special privileges that can’t be unlocked via SC purchase. This is intentional, and we admit that it’s incentive to upgrade to a recurring membership.
“All free classes” exception: Beastlord is still only accessible via the “Age of Discovery” expansion pack.
“All free races” exception: The Freeblood race is still an SC-only marketplace option.
What Restrictions Remain?
This announcement made me wonder what restrictions remain. An unofficial list which I need to verify…
- In-game Mail
- Number of Character Slots
- Spell Quality
- AA Slider
- Item/Equipment Quality
- Guild limitations
- Broker restrictions
- Chat restrictions
- Customer Service access
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