EverQuest to go free-to-play in March

“You can decide how much to pay, based on how much fun you’re having.”

The original 1999 MMORPG, EverQuest, is going to free-to-play, producer Thom Terrazas announced today. The transition will happen “early March”, with the game adopting a micro-transaction payment module.
“We’re excited to be expanding the EverQuest experience by making the game more accessible to every type of player so that you can choose to play the game in a way that suits you best. Anyone who wishes to start, return or continue to play one of the “Best Games of All-Time” can simply download and play EverQuest on their terms – think of it as Free to Play, Your Way. Recurring subscriptions, non-recurring subscriptions, Silver or Free memberships, item unlockers, and more. The game will now be setup to be flexible so that *you* can decide how much to pay, based on how much fun you’re having,” said Thom Terrazas on the game’s official blog.
Once the game goes free-to-play, all players will receive a Welcome Pack containing items and experience points.
“You’ll be able to summon a unique Mercenary to fight by your side and we’re including some Bayle Marks to help pay for the services of your newly summoned Mercenary. A couple of Experience Potions are also included to help you increase your experience gained while adventuring. For all the collectors that like to show off all the great wares to your friends, we’re giving you an item to display in your home and add to your collection. And finally, you’ll be able to customize the appearance of one of your weapons with a Weapon Ornamentation – also included in the Welcome Pack. So be sure to check the claim window for your free gifts.”
The developers will be hosting a community webcast on the coming Thursday, February 2nd, to answer and cover all of the free-to-play details. Players can pop their questions on the official Facebook page, or on Twiiter