Inactive Players Welcomed Back This Weekend

Yesterday evening the EverQuest II team announced on their web site that "players who have quit the game between November 5, 2010 and August 2, 2011 can come back for free!" This free play time will last through the evening of Monday, September 5, 2011. During the reactivation period players can enjoy the current double experience event!

Returning players will also get to enjoy the following rewards:

  • Vulrich Mount to keep FOREVER! (Note: Cannot leap until level 30, one per account)
  • Includes all content up to Sentinel's Fate
  • A complimentary XP potion to level even faster
  • Up to 3,000 in Station Cash bonuses! Earn 500 SC when you resubscribe for one month, earn 1,000 when you choose a multi-month subscription, earn 1,000 SC when you buy the Destiny of Velious Expansion Pack, and earn 2,000 SC when you buy the Destiny of Velious: Digital Collector's Edition

Need to re-download the client? Just choose the regular (Live) or the F2P (Extended) server client!

NOTE: Some people who should qualify for the free game time are reporting that they were not granted the free time. If you meet the criteria and have this occur we strongly suggest that you submit a ticket at the SOE support site (choose View Your Service History and click on Open a Support Ticket).

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# Sep 03 2011 at 5:40 PM Rating: Good
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Buyer beware: The free mount is claimable on only one of your characters per account. Each toon cannot /claim the Vulrich mount. I don't believe that is mentioned in the article.
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# Sep 03 2011 at 7:35 PM Rating: Excellent
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Maegyssa the Picky wrote:
Buyer beware: The free mount is claimable on only one of your characters per account. Each toon cannot /claim the Vulrich mount. I don't believe that is mentioned in the article.

Added that in, thanks! :)
Sony please fire sony staff they draging the game down hill
# Sep 03 2011 at 8:42 AM Rating: Decent
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This what i do.
.vulrich mount for every 1 new and still playing
.•Includes all content up to destiny of velious
.•100 XP potion to level even faster new and still playing
.10,000 to returning and 5,000 to every 1
.30 days free play time (time to get hooked again)
.1 level up token to level 1 chr to 90 (This help the raid groups two)
WHATS THE COST TO SONY ZIPP $0.00 LONG TERM $$$$$$ FOR SONY
Sony please fire sony staff they draging the game down hill
# Sep 04 2011 at 8:13 PM Rating: Good
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philebrown wrote:
This what i do.
.vulrich mount for every 1 new and still playing
.•Includes all content up to destiny of velious
.•100 XP potion to level even faster new and still playing
.10,000 to returning and 5,000 to every 1
.30 days free play time (time to get hooked again)
.1 level up token to level 1 chr to 90 (This help the raid groups two)
WHATS THE COST TO SONY ZIPP $0.00 LONG TERM $$$$$$ FOR SONY


Um... What? Let me attempt to translate this into english, and please let me know if I made a mistake.

This is what I would do.
.Vulrich mount for both new players and current subscribers
.Includes all content up to Destiny of Velious
.Double XP potion to level faster. Available to new and current subscribers
.10,000 Station Cash for returning players, and 5,000 SC to current subscribers
.30 days free play time
.1 level up token to instantly boost a level 1 character to level 90. This is to support raiding guilds get their returning players back into current raid content.
This would cost Sony nothing, but would equate to long term profits.

So if I'm correct on all of that, now to provide some opposing thoughts.
1) Including current content would be detrimental for their funds. That is essentially giving $30 to every currently inactive player.
2) 10k Station Cash is also a hit on Sony's income. That's an additional $100 given to every returning player, and $50 for every current player.
3) A free month of play time would be good incentive for returning players, but runs the risk of jading existing players. And giving existing players 30 days free is yet another hit to Sony's profits. Imagine if you were to offer working for free for an entire month.
4) The level up token, while is an intriguing notion, has several serious flaws, the greatest of which is gear.
4a) A new level 90 with no gear whatsoever. No coin to purchase gear off the broker. They would have to be dragged through current content by friends, while mostly being unable to contribute anything to the group.
4b) Additionally, they've have absolutely no AAs, making it so they would still have to grind out AAs before being able to raid.
4c) Say we make this token grant equipment and AAs as well as levels. What point do we deem fair for the freebies? Quest gear? PQ gear? Raid gear from the previous expansion? And how many AAs? 100? 150? 200? Maybe a full 300? And again you run the risk of jading the current subscribers that have actually put work into creating their characters.
4d) AND you run the risk of putting a level 90 character into the hands of someone that doesn't know how to do their role. Do you want to put your life (time and repair costs, possibly lockout time) into the hands of a healer that just made their level 90 Templar today, and has NEVER played a healer before?

Long story short, too many downsides to support the upsides. Sony's version is a bit more balanced.
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