Hidden away in the EverQuest free to play FAQ is a mention of the EverQuest Al’Kabor server. (Question 16, since I cannot link to it directly.)
Al’Kabor is the server that supports the Macintosh version of EverQuest, and may be the only true old shool version of the game available. (Today’s theme is SOE and “old school”) The server is currently still on the Planes of Power expansion and has seen only technical updates since then.
The FAQ points to a forum post about the impeding demise of the Al’Kabor server.
The amazing journey that has been EverQuest: Macintosh Edition has created an untold number of adventures, and bonds between its players that will last far beyond the years of the game. As the saying goes, however, all good things must come to an end, and so the time has come for the Al’Kabor server.
On Thursday, March 29, 2012, the Al’Kabor server and the EverQuest: Macintosh Edition will be closing. EverQuest: Macintosh Edition has had a wonderful run, seeing an incredible tightly-knit community band together to accomplish feats of heroism that remain unsurpassed in the annals of MMORPGs. Overcoming the challenges of the Planes of Power in their near original form is not a task for those who are not dedicated to victory, and we here at SOE are in awe of your dedication and commitment.
We know you will have many questions about what this means, and we have prepared this FAQ in an effort to answer some of these questions. During the remaining weeks we will also be enjoying some time in game with you, the players of Al’Kabor, both to see if the final raids in the Planes can be completed before the final days of EverQuest: Macintosh Edition and to celebrate the community that has kept this game strong throughout the years. Please keep an eye out on the Official EverQuest: Macintosh Edition sub-forum so that we can communicate with you the days and times when we will be joining you in game.
Thank you all again, and we hope that we can join you in fond remembrance of the unique and wonderful experience that has been EverQuest: Macintosh Edition.
And thus the last hold outs in the SOE old school will be disbanded. This and the entry about the Time Locked Progression servers in the FAQ (Question 15) seems to indicate that old school and free to play do not mix.
There is also a FAQ in the forums, which I will include after the cut.
EverQuest: Macintosh Edition CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT FAQ
- Is EverQuest: Macintosh Edition being shut down?
- Yes. Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is expected to sunset EverQuest: Macintosh Edition on March 29, 2012. SOE will terminate membership/subscription billing for EverQuest: Macintosh Edition on January 31, 2012, but you can continue enjoying the game at no charge through March 29, 2012.
- What happens to all the code/data for EverQuest: Macintosh Edition? Can I open an emulator server for EverQuest: Macintosh Edition?
- SOE will retain all of the code and data from EverQuest: Macintosh Edition, and will not license or authorize the operation of an EverQuest: Macintosh Edition emulator or fan operated EverQuest: Macintosh Edition server.
- Will I have to keep paying for EverQuest: Macintosh Edition, even though you’re shutting it down on March 29, 2012?
- No, you will not have to keep paying for EverQuest: Macintosh Edition. All regular billing for EverQuest: Macintosh Edition will end on January 31, 2012. After this time, you will be able to continue playing the game at no charge (except that Internet fees are your responsibility) until the shutdown date on March 29, 2012.
- What is the refund policy for pre-paid EverQuest: Macintosh Edition subscriptions? I just re-subscribed, how will I get a refund?
- We will stop all billing for EverQuest: Macintosh Edition on January 31, 2012. For players who have purchased prepaid time via a membership/subscription plan, SOE Game Card or other retail game card that extends the subscription period past January 30, 2012, SOE will provide a pro-rated refund for the time left on the subscription after that date. If a valid credit card is active on your account, any refund will be applied to such credit card. If your account is paid via an SOE Game Card or other retail game card, we will send a check in the refund amount to your current billing address within 90 days after the game ends. Please be sure to update your email and mailing address in your Station Account as this may be critical to the refund process.
- Please note that billing for All Access Passes will continue after January 30, 2012 and we will not be issuing any refunds for All Access Passes.
- What about Game Cards?
- The last date to redeem any Game Cards for game time in EverQuest: Macintosh Edition is January 30, 2012.
- Will the EverQuest: Macintosh Edition Website and/or Forums be available after the service shuts down?
- All websites and forums associated with EverQuest: Macintosh Edition will be removed after the game shuts down.
- What event do you have planned for when EverQuest: Macintosh Edition is shut off?
- We do expect to have a celebration for all EverQuest: Macintosh Edition players, to celebrate the proud history of EverQuest: Macintosh Edition. More details will be forthcoming in a forums post in the near future.
- I have a further concern and want to contact Customer Service. How do I do that?
- We definitely want to help address any further concerns, and if there is a specific issue that isn’t covered here, please contact Customer Service.