EverQuest Becomes a Free Download, WoW Previews a Dungeon

Sony on Wednesday made the Mac version of the massively multiplayer role-playing game (MMORPG) EverQuest a free download. The 2GB file includes the original game as well as the Ruins of Kunark, Scars of Velious, Shadows of Luclin and Planes of Power expansion packs. The game is free for the first 15 days, after which it requires a monthly fee. Unfortunately, Mac gamers canit use the same servers as PC EverQuest players, a technical issue that has hampered the growth of the game.

Pricing on a pay-as-you-go basis is US$12.95 per month, or $35.85 for three months or $65.70 for six months. Sonyis SOE All Access Plan, which is $21.99 per month, includes access to EverQuest for the Mac. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.5, a 700MHz G4 processor (800MHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512MB recommended), 32MB Video RAM (64MB recommended) and 2.1GB available hard drive space.

EverQuest for the Mac

In other MMORPG news, Blizzard has posted a preview of ZuliGurub, a 20-man raid dungeon that it will soon add to World of Warcraft. Located in the northeastern corner of Stranglethorn Vale, ZuliGurub was the capital of the Gurubashi Empire, which was decimated by a civil war more than 1,000 years ago. Now the dungeon is occupied by a group of troll priests who have fallen under the influence of a god known as Hakkar the Soulflayer.

Players who enter the dungeon and defeat the troll priests and their minions will get the chance to obtain some of the more than 120 new epic and superior items, including a new five-piece set for each class. Gamers can also build their reputation with the Zandalar Tribe, which offers many quests within the dungeon that yield a wide variety of rewards.

A sneak peek at ZuliGurub