EverQuest opens up its progression servers to everyone for a month

    
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EverQuest opens up its progression servers to everyone for a month

While Daybreak is about the most enthusiastic studio you’ll ever see when it comes to rolling out alternate ruleset servers for its MMORPGs, the studio’s always held to one hard rule: These shards are for subscribers only. Free players are not admitted, even on party business.

That’s changing this month, thanks to a decision to open up all of EverQuest’s time-locked progression servers to everyone. “Beginning today, we will be unlocking ALL TLP Servers (Except Lockjaw and Fippy, since they will be merging soon) to all of our customers through May 8th,” said the studio. “Come and discover again with your friends or make new ones!”

Some players were hoping that this open window would include the promised new progression servers, but the studio said that these won’t be arriving until “late spring/early summer.”

As if this didn’t already make things exciting enough, Stomples Day has returned to EverQuest this Easter weekend. Through April 13th, players can go on a special mission to investigate these rabbit-spawning eggs while enjoying a 50% boost to XP, faction, and rare drops.

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squid

Now the paying players get to wait in queues.

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Jack Pipsam

This makes sense during the lockdown, they’re the most popular/interesting servers from what I know, get the free players on it, which gives the paid players extra content in the form of more players and in the process hope to convert at least a few free players into subscribers by the end of it once they get locked back up again.
They should consider this for EverQuest 2 as well, if they can even get a percentage of their free players to sub afterwards no doubt it’ll be worth it as I can’t see current subscribers to EQ suddenly swapping to free because of a limited time everyone access.

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Bruno Brito

Even better, they could open one TLE server free and prepare packs for subbers etc etc. Make the server take long to level, it would be fun.

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Jack Pipsam

It would be interesting if they opened it up for everyone for one-server cycle to see what happens.
But I do somewhat suspect a lot of people might only be subscribing because of the access, might be risky to get rid of that incentive.
I do sometimes get the feeling some former-sub games regret ever making the F2P transition, might not be that much better off than before.

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Bruno Brito

Problem is that they did that already. And when the cycle ends, the servers usually get a huge blow in pop.

Maybe they should play to their strengths and at least ONE TLE server goes full F2P with a relatively fair cashshop.

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Giggilybits

Don’t quote me on this but I think if you sub for a month you get a free level 85.

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Bruno Brito

Not EQ2?

Eh.

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Fisty

I’m gonna have to remember how to do everything again. So many little commands and what not that I haven’t used. It’ll be like playing a MUD again.

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Armsbend

Get those numbers up but Tencent still doesn’t want to buy you Everquest.