EverQuest II players can log in today and enjoy the benefits of all of their gear without restriction and regardless of their account type. Today’s update removes the item restriction previously locked behind a pay wall for Free and Silver accounts. Gold member subscribers will find a little compensation for the change with a permanent 10% increase to mount speed and a 15% to Coin Loot.

In addition to the item changes, SOE also kicked off EverQuest II’s Hero’s Call event, which grants players with accounts created prior to September 22nd, 2013 a chance to claim one free Heroic Character through October 15th, 2013. The Heroic Character option can be used with an existing character or a newly created one and will boost that character to level 85. Additional Heroic Characters can be purchased in the Station Store with the following options:

1) Try Before You Buy: This option offers one full level of play from Level 85 to 86 – which takes a typical player several hours – with 100 Alternate Advancement (AA) points to test out a class of your choice at a high level. The Free Trial includes a flying mount, armor, consumables, and a few restrictions.

2) New Heroic Character: A full Heroic Character can be purchased at Character Select or while playing as a Free Trial character. It includes level 85, 280 AAs, all items included in the Free Trial, and is unrestricted.

3) Upgrade Existing Character: The Upgrade option allows you to select any existing character at any level and upgrade it to a Heroic Character. All upgraded characters receive level 85 and are increased to 280 AAs, but not beyond. If you are above level 85 and have more than 280 AAs, you won't receive additional levels or points, but will get a bundle of items that includes the flying mount, armor, and consumables.

In addition, the Qeynos City Festival returns today for a chance to earn some nifty in-game prizes, but you'll also find something useful in the Station Marketplace with new individual or bundled feature options from the the Age of Discovery expansion. Read the patch notes for today’s update for full details on the latest update.

What do you think of the new Heroic Characters? Is it a nice option or do you believe it's pay-to-win? Tell us below and see what EverQuest franchiise Director of Development Dave Georgeson and EverQuest II Senior Producer Holly Longdale had to say about it in their recent interview with EQHammer.

Source: EverQuest II Patch Notes

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Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016

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