Following last year's experiment to run a concurrent freemium service, Sony Online Entertainment's fantasy-themed MMORPG EverQuest II
is switching to an entirely free-to-play model.
The switch will occur in early December, according to the company, to coincide with its latest expansion pack, Age of Discovery
The game, which recently celebrated its seven-year anniversary, will no longer require an upfront fee to download and play.
Memberships will now be split into three classes
: a Free class that offers basic functionality with some limitations, a Silver class that removes many restrictions, and a subscription-based Gold service that offers several premium-tier options for ease of play.
The move follows a previous attempt
to experiment with making EverQuest II
free-to-play. A "parallel" free-to-play version of the game called EverQuest II Extended
has operated since last year, separate from the traditional subscription-based service.
The December upgrade will merge all existing services into one free-to-play model.