MMO Week in Review: Revising the F2P model

EQII, courtesy of Jef's screenshot button
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Its flagship franchise might be turning 14 this month, but SOE is working hard to ensure its business model isn't as ancient as its first MMO. The company revealed this week that it plans to overhaul the F2P models of both EverQuest and EverQuest II (yes, again). Specifically, SOE is eliminating some of the more draconian restrictions on quests, bag slots, shared bank space, and most importantly, race and class selection, which is welcomed more by newcomers than by highbies, who will still be saddled with gear and spell tier constraints.

Read on for a roundup of the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

Neverwinter
Neverwinter beta Half-Orc character creation video preview
Neverwinter beta weekend features Control Wizard, Foundry content
Neverwinter Days: The allure of bite-sized gaming
Icy dangers revealed in Neverwinter's Icespire Peak trailer

SWTOR
The making of SWTOR's Makeb
Star Wars: The Old Republic sets the stage for Makeb
Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR consolidates comms

WildStar
The Nexus Telegraph: The dark side of WildStar's Exiles
Massively Exclusive: WildStar's character creation music

Other top MMO stories
Garriott kickstarting Shroud of the Avatar multiplayer RPG
Funcom's Joel Bylos on the centralized TSW, AoC, and AO team
Hands-on with the pre-launch Defiance demo
'Don't believe the ArcheAge hype,' lengthy fan review warns
Pathfinder Online shows off early development art
RIFT producer Hanlin leaves Trion for Zynga
Flameseeker Chronicles: Puzzle jumping in Guild Wars 2
Sam Raimi on why he's not doing the World of Warcraft movie
Players, meet Albion Online. Albion, players.
DayZ's zombies are getting smarter -- and hungrier
Star Conflict launches on Steam
Diablo III plans itemization changes
Opinion: Yes, Virginia, sexism in games still exists
Interview: Re-launching Prius Online as Arcane Saga
WoW's 5.2 Thunder King patch lands today
Age of Wushu to launch on April 10th
Captain's Log: Catching up on Star Trek Online

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
Get back into WoW with Blizzard's returning player guide
Patch 5.2 guide to the Throne of Thunder
How, when, and where to get your very own WoW mount
Blind player Ben Shaw on raiding and WoW for the sightless
Shut up and take my money: Thoughts on Blizzard's paid services
Five reasons patch 5.2 will pull you back into WoW
Gear up in 5.2 with these awesome WoWguides
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