Sony Online announces their plan to launch and release a new free-to-play services knows as EverQuest II Extended.
The Details are also given out about this new service from Sony Online, here is what they give out:
So, we're about to launch a bold new service named 'EverQuest II Extended' (EQ2X). This is a completely separate service from the standard EQII Live subscription service (EQII). For all intents and purposes, it’s a completely separate gameplay mechanic with the aim to attract new players to the world of 'EverQuest II'.
'EverQuest II Extended' shares all the content and features of Live EQII. It plays the same. It looks the same. It is the same, with two obvious exceptions: it’s free-to-play, and b) it has a more robust marketplace.
What does 'free-to-play' mean? It means that you can download the game and play all of it (except the most recent expansion) all the way up to level 80. Your character is restricted in a bunch of different ways (limited class selection, limited races, limited coin, etc.) and to unlock those features fully, you’ll need to subscribe to Gold level membership. Which, coincidentally, is $15/month. Sound familiar?