Sony Online Entertainment has officially released the brand new expansion for EverQuest II: Age of Discovery. Indeed, today is a momentous day for EverQuest II fans as the game is also undergoing a full free-to-play transition. Previously, EQII was free to play with limitations but starting today, everyone will be able to enjoy the full game for no cost.
Dave Georgeson, otherwise known as Smokejumper, posted a great Producer's Letter, a snippet of which you can check out below:
Hello again, Norrathians!
It gives me great pleasure to raise the curtain on a new chapter in our game’s history.
Today, we stop requiring any sort of payment. There are no upfront download costs and memberships are no longer required. Everything is voluntary now. If we’re doing a good job of entertaining you, then you can help support the game you love with purchases or memberships, spending as much or as little as you choose to spend as you play.
We have a fired-up dev team. We believe that EQII is the best MMORPG in existence and we intend to keep making it better so that everyone else has to admit it. What we’re doing today keeps us on that path.
This is your world, and we’re committed to making it more and more your world as we keep growing.
Today, every one of you can walk into “Freeport Reborn”. Lucan D’Lere has returned to kick his city into gear and reassert his dominance across the map. And to show how much his desire for power has affected the city, Freeport has been given a huge aesthetic facelift, combining North, South, East, and West Freeport into a single city without zones, and retexturing and improving the impressiveness of the city.
Although we’ve preserved much of the original content and quests in Freeport, we have also added a large amount of completely new content also. The approach on these new quests is unique for this game. For the first time, we’ve focused on race- and archetype-specific quest lines throughout the city so that each time you run an alt through the game, you can experience new content in Freeport. Also, the quest lines added to Freeport dynamically scale in level so that regardless of what level you come into the city, chances are that some of the new quests there will work for your character. With a greater focus on stories and better NPC personas, the city is coming alive like it never has before.
So go be evil. Enjoy Freeport. Revel in the moment of glory that is the beginning of greatness! We bring you to the city via the Golden Path naturally at level 20 (from Butcherblock), but you can go there at any age and a good chunk of the content will scale to your level.
And that’s just the beginning of what we’re bringing you today!
The Age of Discovery update is going live as this post is being written, so stay tuned to http://maintenance.station.sony.com/ for the latest updates on the expansion's release.