Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced that it is celebrating the 13th anniversary of its landmark massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), EverQuest (EQ), by transitioning the game to a free-to-play model. Recently inducted into the GDC Online Awards’ Hall of Fame, EverQuest now offers a variety of options that cater to players’ different needs and preferences so they can choose to play the game in a way that suits them best – such as recurring vs. non-recurring subscriptions and Free through Gold memberships.
“Through 18 successful expansions and countless other game updates, EverQuest has forged its place in history amongst the MMO and online game elite,” said Dave Georgeson, director of development of the EverQuest franchise. “With one of the most loyal player communities in the industry, we believe that after 13 years we need to provide them with a wide variety of ways to play the game on their terms. Players can now choose to play in a way that suits them best and continue to expand their game experience…until the next milestone birthday!”
To celebrate its 13th birthday and move to free-to-play, beginning today EverQuest players will be treated to a variety of amazing in-game activities and game updates, including:
- Lucky 13 – Players can now embark on anniversary missions and quests, surrounded by anniversary d?cor in the “Plane of Knowledge,” that follows a special 13th anniversary theme: Players can experience 13 new quests.
- A spectacular mission as some of the iconic villains of EverQuest.
- A Raid to stop a familiar foe from gaining ultimate power.
Originally launched in 1999, EverQuest is one of the classic old school MMORPG games. Over its epic 13-year history, Everquest has been known for pioneering major concepts such as guilds and raiding online. EverQuest now joins the ranks of fellow free-to-play favorites DC Universe Online and EverQuest II – both of which successfully made the transition to free-to-play within the past year.
For more information about EverQuest, visit: http://everquest.com/everquest.com.