Following last year's experiment to run a concurrent freemium service, Sony Online Entertainment's fantasy-themed MMORPG EverQuest II is switching to an entirely free-to-play model.
The switch will occur in early December, according to the company, to coincide with its latest expansion pack, Age of Discovery. Following the move, the game will no longer require an upfront fee to download and play.
Memberships will now be split into three classes: a Free class that offers basic functionality with some limitations, a Silver class that removes many restrictions, and a subscription-based Gold service that offers several premium-tier options for ease of play.
The move follows a previous attempt to experiment with making EverQuest II free-to-play. A "parallel" free-to-play version of the game called EverQuest II Extended has operated since last year, separate from the traditional subscription-based service. The December upgrade will merge all existing services into one free-to-play model.