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Simple Musings on EQ2X

July 29, 2010

From what I’ve seen on the blogosphere, it seems people are not particularly convinced that EQ2X is a good thing. Personally I’m torn, because free EQ2 is free EQ2; at the same time, adding new options for people to get the chance to play the game while removing the option to play with the people they actually want to be with (removal of the 14-day free trial on subscription servers) feels like an annoying move.

I want SOE to make money and Everquest 2 to thrive, sure, but not at the expense of stagnating the potential subscription player base, I guess you could say.

Most importantly, if they had implemented this in Vanguard, I think the game could have gotten a second wind of people playing it and loving it.

Speaking of which, I’ve yet to finish downloading the client and begin my two-week trial!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. xXJayeDuBXx permalink
    July 29, 2010 08:01

    Why is it such a bad thing to remove the 14 day free trial? There will now be a free verison where someone can take more than 14 days to decide if they like EQ2 enough to purchase and subscribe. If there is a legitimate reason why people are upset about the removal of the free trial I am all ears.

    You have to think of it this way; the free version is replacing the free trial. EQ2X has limits for those who don’t want to pay, which could make the retail version with a subscription that much more enticing for a potential new player. A lack of a free trial is not going to kill the player base.

    • July 29, 2010 08:08

      For me at least, the loss of a 14 day free trial and its F2P replacement sort of forces friends to eke out their “try before you buy” phase on the EQ2X servers rather than EQ2. For vets inviting friends who don’t have a Refer a Friend pass, that means joining up with them and starting a new character, and possibly leaving subscription EQ2 to be with buddies.

      It’s a potential hypothetical loss for the EQ2 servers and a gain for the EQ2X servers. Whether or not it makes money is dependent on what EQ2X people will eventually shell out for though, I think.

    • July 29, 2010 08:10

      Note: If enough people are summarily invested enough in their characters on EQ2X, moving to EQ2 servers might feel like a loss.

      Again, hypothetically speaking, of course. 🙂

  2. xXJayeDuBXx permalink
    July 29, 2010 09:00

    Found this on the FAQ page for the new EQ2X:

    Once Extended launches, the 14-day trial will no longer be available to the general public. New players can try the Extended free adventure service instead. However, 14-day trial passes for the EQII subscription service will still be distributed by active players on the live subscription service via the Recruit-a-Friend program. This way, friends can play together on the same server and still enjoy free time. The RAF program will be updated at a later point in time to include Extended invitations and rewards.

    Not sure if this helps.

  3. July 29, 2010 09:07

    I am a little worried that if FreeQ2 takes off, SOE will shut down the subscription servers.

    I do however, like the fact that you are only paying when you are playing. I think I could budget, but you are going to have to pay more for this model just to get the same content as in the sub. model.

    Totally not surprised by this revelation though, just the method of implementation.

    • xXJayeDuBXx permalink
      July 29, 2010 14:12

      You’re not the only one who’s worried, there seems to be a thought that once EQ2X launches that the live servers will dwindle in population, till all that’s left are extended servers.

    • July 29, 2010 17:32

      They better not shut down Subscription EQ2! I’d be pissed as all hell if that happened!

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