From what I’ve seen on the blogosphere, it seems people are not particularly convinced that EQ2X is a good thing. Personally I’m torn, because free EQ2 is free EQ2; at the same time, adding new options for people to get the chance to play the game while removing the option to play with the people they actually want to be with (removal of the 14-day free trial on subscription servers) feels like an annoying move.
I want SOE to make money and Everquest 2 to thrive, sure, but not at the expense of stagnating the potential subscription player base, I guess you could say.
Most importantly, if they had implemented this in Vanguard, I think the game could have gotten a second wind of people playing it and loving it.
Speaking of which, I’ve yet to finish downloading the client and begin my two-week trial!