Sony Online Entertainment has announced that "new, current and returning EverQuest II players" will be able to purchase high level characters in its free-to-play MMO beginning today. This, the company says, will allow players to jump right into the Tears of Veeshan expansion, when it launches in November. To celebrate the launch of the program, SOE will allow players to create one permanent Heroic Character for free as part of its "Hero's Call" event. That will run from October 1-15.
Outside the special promotional period, players have three options to choose from in the Heroic Characters Program: Try Before You Buy, New Heroic Character, and Upgrade Existing Character. The "Try Before You Buy option offers one full level of play from Level 85 to 86 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.
The "New Heroic Character" option lets players purchase 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.
The "Upgrade Existing Character" option allows players 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, SOE says that you won't receive additional levels or points, but will get a bundle of items that includes the flying mount, armor, and consumables.
You can learn more about the new program here.