It took a while, but EverQuest is finally going free to play. SoE finally did it.

From the press release:

    This March, Sony Online Entertainment’s landmark MMO EverQuest ® will not only become a teenager, it is also going Free-to-Play.

    When it launched in 1997, EverQuest (EQ) redefined the online game landscape, introducing the concepts of raiding and guilds within an immersive 3D environment. Since its launch, EQ has maintained its loyal fanbase with 18 expansions and countless content updates.

    With the move to free-to-play, players will continue to enjoy the EQ experience they know and love, only now they have the power to choose a model that caters to their play style. Through the new free-to-play model, players will have the options of non-recurring vs. recurring subscriptions, Free vs. Silver memberships, item unlockers, and many more. Additionally, all players (both old and new) will be given brand new items via a ‘Welcome Pack.’