Free and Silver accounts will no longer need to go through item-unlocking while playing Everquest II.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it will be making some changes to the free-to-play options in its long-running MMORPG Everquest II. Most notably the publisher will be removing item restrictions from both its Free and Silver accounts, meaning that users who play under these account classifications will no longer need to go through the process of item-unlocking. "We felt that the restrictions weren't in keeping with a positive experience so we removed it," said senior producer Holly Longdale.
With over 5000 creatures to battle and 8000 quests to complete, EverQuest II is the exciting next step in the evolution of Sony's famed MMO universe. You'll explore an enormous online world where friends come together for adventure and community, immerse yourself in the game's mysterious lands, intense battles, exciting quests and amazing achievements, all spread over a vast, beautiful and dangerous game world. With eight years of operation and 12 expansions under its belt, EverQuest II has a pile of content to dig into, and as a free-to-play game you can leap into the fun without spending a dime.
In addition to the removal of these restrictions, the game will also be rewarding Gold level members with some new perks. Going forward "Gold Members are going to get permanent increases to Coin Loot (15 percent increase)." Likewise, Gold member players will also see a 10 percent boost to their Mount Speed.
Aside from the free-to-play changes, the company also made a few other announcements. Namely, the game's Age of Discovery expansion, going forward, will no longer be available for purchase on the game's website or in-game after October 1st. Instead, players interested in the expansion's content will be able to purchase it as part of feature bundle in the Everquest II Marketplace. The feature bundle will now sell for 4000 SC.
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