SOE has announced the free-to-play launch of their long-standing MMO EverQuest will kick off on March 15th.
As reported by MCV earlier this month, the launch coincides with the 13th anniversary of the game's original launch, and plans are to introduce a number of new payment options.
"Anyone who wishes to start, return or continue to play one of the 'Best Games of All-Time' can simply download and play EverQuest on their terms," producer Thom Terrazaz discusses in a letter to players on the EverQuest site. "Think of it as Free to Play, Your Way."
Terrazaz also touches on player engagement, and bringing in fresh numbers to energize and expand the game's community.
"With the gaming landscape changing every day, we want to ensure we continue to evolve the game to keep players engaged and bring in even more new players to further expand the community. With no up-front costs or required membership, we might see a new player or two along the way, and more people is always a good thing!"
EverQuest II went the F2P method back in 2010, and saw a large spike in player numbers based off that decision.