We do not have an exact date at this time, but we are anticipating transitioning EverQuest II to the Free-to-Play model in early December 2011.
Basic access to EverQuest II is free! This includes access to a large portion of the game, with some limitations on available content and features. Free membership provides access to the original EverQuest II game and seven years worth of expansions through "EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate." Additional content and features can be acquired by upgrading your membership to Silver for a one-time payment of US$5.00, or to Gold for US$14.99 per month. You can also purchase in-game items and services to enhance your game play experience. The two most recent expansion packs, EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious and EverQuest II: Age of Discovery, are also separately available for purchase.
The features and benefits of Free, Silver, and Gold memberships are detailed on the EverQuest II membership matrix page (view the matrix here).
Free membership provides access to the vast world of Norrath, with some limitations on available content and features. Additional content and features can be acquired by upgrading your membership to Silver or Gold. You can also purchase in-game items and services to enhance your gameplay experience. Free membership includes the following features:
Silver membership can be purchased for 500 Station Cash or US$5.00. This is a one-time purchase and there is no recurring fee for this membership. Silver membership does not expire and includes all of the Free membership features plus the following:
A Gold membership is 1,499 Station Cash or $14.99 per month. Gold members can choose either a recurring or non-recurring payment method. Gold membership provides all of the features of the Silver membership, plus the following:
Quite simply, better features! Buying a Silver membership is a one-time purchase of only 500 Station Cash or US$5.00 that, as compared to the Free membership, adds two extra character slots, two backpack slots, a larger character coin limit, unlimited chat access, and the ability to collect more active quests.
Upgrading to the Gold membership lets you use some of the game's most powerful items, such as Legendary and Fabled items, and allows you to upgrade to the most powerful spells and skills. Gold also gives you access to 24 character classes in the game (up from the eight classes provided with Free and Silver memberships), seven character slots, access to six backpack slots per character, no per character coin limit, access to the player-controlled Broker system, the ability to send in-game mail, and more!
If you have an active paid subscription in either EverQuest II or EverQuest II: Extended, you will automatically be rolled into a Gold membership, with full perks and privileges. This conversion will be seamless and no change will need to be made by the player. Membership will continue to recur as originally specified by the subscription.
Previous EverQuest II subscribers who do not have an active paid subscription at the point in time that the Free-to-Play transition occurs will automatically be converted to a Silver membership.
Yes! Gold members will get priority if we experience queues when logging into the game.
Being an All Access member you will receive the premium Gold level membership. However, Gold access is only available while you have an active paid All Access subscription.
If your account was grandfathered in with the Station Access extra character slots when Station Access was changed last year, you will keep those grandfathered slots. 
A credit card is not required to play EverQuest II as a free member. You can log into the game without entering any payment information. If you do decide to purchase a Silver or Gold membership or buy items from the Marketplace, you will need to fund your Station Cash wallet through one of the available methods of payment (including using a credit card, a Station Cash card – available at most large retailers, or SMS).
Based on player feedback, at the launch of the Free-to-Play transition you will have the option of choosing between recurring and non-recurring memberships. You can also use Station Cash to purchase non-recurring subscriptions. It's completely up to you.
All durations of recurring Gold memberships (1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month) get 500SC granted to them each month. (NOTE: This is a perk for recurring memberships only. Non-recurring memberships do not get this grant.)
Yes, you can purchase non-recurring subscriptions with with Station Cash.
Yes! Any EverQuest II expansion that you previously purchased will continue to be available to you, subject to your current EverQuest II membership limitations. Free members will be able to access all previous content up to and including the "Sentinel's Fate" expansion. "Destiny of Velious" and "Age of Discovery" are both available separately for purchase.
Yes! Development efforts will definitely continue to be focused on EverQuest II. Read Dave Georgeson's Producer's Letter to find out more.
No, you will not need to re-download the game. Other than patching, it will be a seamless transition when EverQuest II goes Free-to-Play.
We will no longer be offering a Platinum membership plan. Current Platinum members can continue to retain their Platinum membership status for as long as they continue to pay their subscription. If there is a lapse in payment, a new membership tier must be selected (view the matrix here). A Platinum membership included everything in Gold plus the following:
If you currently have both an EQII subscription and EQ2X Gold or Platinum membership, these accounts will be combined at the time of the Free-to-Play switch. Any unused game time will be credited to your account.
Yes! All current, returning and new players will receive a Welcome Pack for each character on their account. Players can use the /claim command in game to receive the Welcome Pack, which contains these non-tradable items:
Marketplace items are usually labeled as "NO-TRADE" (can’t be traded to anyone) or "HEIRLOOM" (can only be traded to other characters on your account). To be eligible for gifting, you must have been a Gold member for 30 or more days.
After careful consideration and review, SOE and Live Gamer (LG) have mutually made the decision to discontinue auction services currently available in EQII. Beginning on December 14, 2011, SOE will suspend exchange services for EQII. Shortly after that, SOE will merge the LG exchange-based servers with its existing game servers, specifically Vox will merge with Nagafen and The Bazaar with Freeport. LG continues to be a valuable partner to SOE for a variety of e-commerce services.
Below is a timeline of the changes:
We anticipate the merges will occur on or about December 15, 2011. We will keep you updated on dates and details via the EverQuest II forums!
The Bazaar server will be merging with Freeport and Vox will be merging with Nagafen. In some cases, this may mean that your character totals are more than what is included in your membership plan. To avoid any problems, you will want to log in as your favorite characters right before the server merges so that they are at the top of your character queue list. If you want more character slots, you will need to purchase them in the Marketplace.
Due to the upcoming Free-to-Play transition, we have disabled free character copies from the Live servers to go to EQ2X.
SOE will stop offering the 14-day trial when the new Free-to-Play model is launched. All players who took advantage of the trial offer in the past but did not subscribe to the game will be converted to the Free membership status after the transition. So if you had a free trial in the past you can log back in and your characters will be waiting for you (subject to restrictions based on your membership level).
As of November 10, 2011, you can no longer recruit using the Recruit-a-Friend program. In order to receive the Recruit-a-Friend bonuses, players you have recruited will need to subscribe by November 22, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. We will offer a new Refer-a-Friend program in the future, so stay tuned.
Any coin earned beyond your current coin limit is lost. You can continue to earn items and experience, but coin will no longer be accumulated. The only way to increase the amount of coin you can collect is to upgrade your membership. If you are a Free or Silver member who comes back after the Free-to-Play transition, your coins will be locked as per your current subscription plan, but not gone.
Free and Silver players can receive in-game email, but can't send in-game mail unless they upgrade to a Gold membership. Broker access is restricted to Gold members only. Free members can't use any of the "broadcast" channels, such as /auction, /level, /shout, or any other chat option that broadcasts to a large number of other players.
You don't lose anything permanently, but the additional content and features provided by the higher level membership will become inaccessible to you unless you repurchase that membership. Letting a membership lapse is similar to allowing a subscription on the prior EverQuest II subscription service to lapse, where you become unable to access the features of that service until you renew your subscription.
The vast majority of our player base will not notice a thing as we convert to the new EverQuest II service. We wanted to outline a few of the “edge cases” that may occur with the conversion if you have accounts in both EQII and EQIIX. This listing is meant as a guide to some issues you may see but will not be able to cover all potential issues.
After the transition to Free-to-Play takes place, if you have any concerns about your account, membership, billing or time credited, please contact our Customer Service reps. We will happily navigate the numbers with you: http://www.soe.com/en/support/.
If you were playing on EQII Live *and* on EQ2X, and have tons of characters on both servers, what happens when the conversion occurs and all my characters are visible on the character selection screen all at once? 
If you are currently paying for a 1 month EQIIX Gold membership AND you do not have a current EQII subscription:
If you are currently paying for a 1 month EQIIX Gold membership AND you are also paying for a 1 month EQII subscription:
If you are currently paying for a 1 month EQIIX Gold membership AND you are also paying for a 3 month EQII subscription:
If you currently have a multi-month subscription in EQII that you have canceled but still have remaining gameplay time AND you are currently paying for a 1 month EQIIX Gold membership:
If you currently have a multi-month subscription in EQII that you have canceled but still have remaining gameplay time AND you have a cancelled 1 month EQIIX Gold membership but still have remaining gameplay time:
If you currently have a Platinum Membership in EQIIX that you have not canceled:
If you currently have a Platinum Membership in EQIIX that you have canceled but still have game play time remaining:
If your game account is banned or suspended at the time the Free-to-Play transition is launched, please contact SOE Customer Service for information: http://www.soe.com/en/support/. Note: Forum bans and suspensions do not affect the status of a game account, merely your ability to post on the official forums.