Aion and Everquest going Free to Play

F2P concepts are taking over, you have so many games in the market making the switch that even World of Warcraft has made their own grab at capturing the crowd. This week we saw the announcement of Aion announcing truly free gaming for the 3.0 update as it reaches Ascension. SOE has also announced Everquest (1 not 2) will go free to play as well on March 16th with the option to upgrade to Silver or Gold memberships.

The details we have so far:

Everquest:

  • Launches March 16, 2012
  • Offers Free, Silver ($5.00) or Gold ($14.99) membership tiers
  • Former, new and current players will have access  to all expansions
  • Four Races will be available to Free and Silver players, Gold will get full access
  • No level cap will be installed on lower tiers
  • Free players get 2 slots, Silver get 4 slots and Gold get 8 slots per server
  • Spell ranks are capped at Rank 1 for Free and Silver while Gold is Unlimited
  • Prestige items are locked for Free and Silver members

For more info check out the super list

Aion: Ascension:

  • Launches this Spring
  • Head start programs available
    • Rallying the Troops – No limit time trial to level 40 for new players
    • Veterans will see a 14 day trial for reactivation
    • Permanent XP will be added to both groups and other boosts will help level players up
  • Housing system coming to 3.0
  • Daevas will encounter a new Mount system
  • New instances including 24 player raids
  • New zones in Balaur homeland
  • New level cap bringing the max to level 60
  • No word on e-shop transactions or a payment system supplementing this

For more information check out the staging site forAscension

Who says you need a mountain of cash to enjoy gaming? NCSoft and SOE just made it incredibly easy to get in the game this Spring.

Aion Online shows off the Cleric Class

MMO games… you do tease me so well, unfortunately for a game like Aion I’m a bit jaded after playing Guild Wars to death (which seems to be a backbone engine for the company now) and getting a lackluster performance from Tabula Rasa. Aion seems to be a new shift for the company but will the intense color and soft shimmer be enough?

We’ll find out when it arrives it seems as most of us were stuck in Champions Online for beta play the past months.

For those who have been following Aion and want to see some of the new shots check out our images here.