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.

Free to Play Mania – DC Universe Online and Lineage II

Many games this year have turned from P2P models into F2P, in the past week we’ve seen 2 new titles join the mix and offer up free access or at least limited access to the players.

Lineage II is first up with their Truly Free model that they’ll be introducing. Along with that, they plan to release another major update titled, The Goddess of Destruction. All characters, classes and such will be accessible and the supplement to keep the economy of the game flowing will be based on a web shop for items and special additions. They also plan to introduce some booster incentives to allow new players to level up fast and get up to speed with the existing user base. Keep an eye out for this update as it’s slated to drop later this year.

– Lineage II

DC Universe Online is an unexpected addition to this field, a newcomer that struggled after the SOE breach earlier this year that was trying to get some ground in the market. DC Universe Online is accessible right now for free with the option to upgrade to 2 different tiers if players desire more character slots, inventory space, any auction space, bank slots, chat, mail or more cash room. It’s probably a bit more hardcore than many would expect especially when I just introduced Lineage II above this. Check out the full sheet and give the game a spin if you’re eager for action right now.

DC Universe Online