It's not all bad news in the court of Sony Online Entertainment. Following the announcement that four of their MMOs - Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and Wizardry Online - are soon to be Old Yellered, the MMO makers have revealed the existence of another: the original Planetside. To clarify: the 2003 predecessor to the impossibly huge Planetside 2 is going free-to-play this April. If you're worried about microtransactions, don't be - an SOE FAQ reveals that "PS1 has no Marketplace and will not see further game development".
SOE have also announced that they are to revise their All Access Pass "on or about" April 2nd. Come Spring you'll be able to pay a monthly fee of $14.99 in return for "top-tier membership" to every SOE game all at once, including EverQuest, EverQuest 2, DC Universe Online, Planetside 2, and EverQuest Next and Landmark when they roll around. That's...a lot of MMO. Existing single-game subscriptions will also be converted automatically to All Access Passes.
SOE president John Smedley mentioned plans to transform the original Planetside into a free-to-play game back in May, so it's good to see those plans are finally about come to fruition.
id have to agree with planetside 1 being superior in some governing aspects...for example PS1 capture locked places for a limited time after they had been captured so you couldnt take the base back right away and those giant walker mechs were awsome