As Everquest has officially been transitioned to the free-to-play model., Sony has announced that the original
"Through 18 successful expansions and countless other game updates, EverQuest has forged its place in history amongst the MMO and online game elite," celebrated Everquest director of development Dave Georgeson.
The MMO is commemorating the transition and its thirteenth year of operation with in-game activities and game updates, which includes 13 new quests called the "Lucky 13", a new raid to "stop a familiar foe from gaining ultimate power", and forty events recycled from past anniversaries.
The updates also adds some new improvements including "Hero's Journey", a guide for players for leveling from level one to 85, another guide for gamers to look up zones by level, zone connections, and so on, which works in concert with a new zone pathfinder. The maps have been improved with improved minimap tracking and new map directories.
Everquest made its debut in 1999, and became the template for the modern MMO. The new free-to-play model includes Free, Silver ($5.00 one-time payment), and Gold ($14.99/mo subscription.)