The team at EverQuest II recently launched the Age of Discovery expansion and converted the game entirely to free to play. The transition, for the most part, went very smoothly and players were quickly able to get back into the game and explore all of the awesome new content.
Unfortunately, not all players were happy with the changes. What the team discovered was that players who had previously played EverQuest II Live were returning to explore the new content, only to discover that their characters were locked and unavailable due to the players now having a Silver Membership but needing a Gold Membership to access these characters. The solution was previously to either upgrade to Gold or purchase the class unlock package.
Sony Online Entertainment wasn't happy with this, however, they didn't feel that it was fair of them to require veteran players to have a Gold account or spend money on class unlocks when they've already shown dedication through their previous time spent playing. So, Dave 'Smokejumper' Georgeson announced that Sony Online Entertainment would be taking the following actions to make amends:
...Here’s what we’re going to do.
*Every* character that was created before 12/06/2011 at 12:01 am will be grandfathered in without race or class restriction. This means that regardless of your membership level, you will be able to play any character created before 12/6 without paying for race- or class-pack unlocks.
For any player that previously subscribed to EQII Live servers, or as a Gold or Platinum member on EQ2X, we will also refund all the class/race pack purchases madeafter 12/06/2011 at 12:01 am and before the time of this posting (12/08/2011, 4:30pm) so that no one loses any SC due to this change.
Of course, this doesn’t affect new characters created from now onward. If you are playing at Silver or Free membership levels and want to create a *new* character, you’ll still be subject to the regular membership class and race restrictions.
We think this should make a lot of folks happy and we’ll get this done as soon as humanly possible, either today, or first thing tomorrow.
Hopefully this move will appease any frustrated EverQuest II players as the update has a ton of great content to explore. For more information, you can visit http://www.everquest2.com/.