SOE tries its hand at "free-to-play" online gaming
Sonly Online Entertainment's EverQuest franchise has been given an update today with the release of EverQuest II Extended, a free online adventure game that relies on in-game transactions rather than a blanket subscription fee to pull in revenues.
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It is the latest in the continuing trend to lure gamers into a game with no download costs and no subscription requirements, and then trying to convince them to make micro-transactions within the game. The model only really gained popularity in the US when Facebook games began to take off and games like Farmville started charging users for various in-game items.
EverQuest II Extended is completely separate from the existing EverQuest II live subscription-based online game and is designed to pull in more people than the niche EverQuest series has managed to attract. This is Sony Online's first real strong attempt at a free-to-play game.
Additional features of Extended include a quicker download than any previous EverQuest game, and of course access to the huge legacy of the online franchise.
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Gamers can try out the new "free" game at the EQ2 website