So the good folks at SOE have decided to go F2P with the granddaddy of them all. (Yes, I know UO and Meridian 59 are older… Don’t care.)
As much as I have fond memories for EQ, I should remind you all to read the “fine print”. For example:
and the biggie…
Now for 5 dollars, you can upgrade your account to “Silver” status. (Note: former subscribers are automatically upgraded to Silver) Which doesn’t do much for you aside from raising some of the limits mentioned above. Silver subscribers are still subjected to in-game pop-up ads.
If you want the “full” version of the game, it’s still $14.99/month. (Seriously? For a 13 year old game?) The good news is that you can pay the monthy fee (or the upgrade to “Silver”) using “Station Cash” that you may have accrued from playing other SOE games. Station Cash will also be used to purchase and unlock “freemium” content for regular and Silver subscribers.
In-game ads… No thanks. That one “feature” is pretty much a deal breaker for me with any game. (Are you listening, Blizzard?)