Sony Online Entertainment has announced that their evergreen MMO EverQuest will be be free-to-play from March 15, 2012.
In a letter to fans producer Thom "Phathom" Terrazas said: "After listening to your feedback and suggestions over the past few years, I'm happy to announce that in early March 2012, EverQuest will be going free-to-play."
In the same post he later added: "We're excited to be expanding the EverQuest experience by making the game more accessible to every type of player so that you can choose to play the game in a way that suits you best. 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 - think of it as Free to Play, Your Way."
This is the latest SOE MMO to go free-to-play, a financial model that is proving increasingly popular as studios compete in the congested online marketplace. There are a variety of payment options, including: "Recurring subscriptions, non-recurring subscriptions, Silver or Free memberships, item unlockers, and more."
EverQuest II went free-to-play last year, a move that saw an increase in numbers. The launch of the free-to-play version will coincide with the games 13 year anniversary. For more information head over to the EverQuest website.