EverQuest II Live, commonly referred to as either "EQ2", "EQ2 Live" or "EQ2 Legacy", is a normal paid subscription model service. Players can choose from a standard $15/month subscription plan, or one of the 3, 6 or 12 month plans instead.
EverQuest II Extended, or "EQ2X", is a free-to-play service with optional subscription plans. The EQ2X Extended matrix works as such: Bronze level is completely free-to-play (but with many restrictions), Silver level is a one-time $10 fee to unlock a few extra features than Bronze, Gold level is a $15/month subscription plan that unlocks most of the game features and Platinum level is a yearly plan that unlocks all of the game's features.
We've made a list of the differences between the services and the various featured offered by the game. The information is valid as of 6/28/2011.
|Game Trial|| 14 day Free Trial available.|
14 day Refer-a-Friend trial available.
|No trial necessary, players start with a free Bronze account.|
|Default Expansion || Ruins of Kunark |
Can purchase the latest expansion to fully upgrade.
Can register a Bronze EQ2X account for free upgrade to Sentinel's Fate.
| Platinum: Destiny of Velious|
Gold/Silver/Bronze: Sentinel's Fate
Can purchase the latest expansion to fully upgrade.
|Player Classes||All classes are unlocked.|| Gold/Platinum: All classes are unlocked.|
Bronze/Silver: Only 8 classes are available; the other classes must be purchased to unlock.
|Player Races||All races are unlocked excluding Freeblood.|| Platinum: All races are unlocked excluding Freeblood.|
Gold/Silver/Bronze: Only 4 races are available; the other races must be purchased to unlock.
|Default Character Slots ||1, 3, 6 and 12 month plans: 7 slots per region  available.|| Platinum: 10 slots available.|
Gold: 7 slots available.
Silver: 4 slots available.
Bronze: 2 slots available.
|Equipment||Full access to all equipment upgrades.|| Gold/Platinum: Full access to all equipment upgrades.|
Bronze/Silver: No access to Mastercrafted Legendary, Mastercrafted Fabled, Legendary and Fabled equipment. 
Bronze and Silver players can purchase equipment unlocks to allow the player to equip one piece of higher quality armor per unlocker that is normally restricted by account level. 
|Abilities||Full access to all tiers of abilities.|| Gold/Platinum: Full access to all tiers of abilities.|
Silver: Access up through Expert ability upgrades.
Bronze: Access up through Adept ability upgrades.
Bronze and Silver players can purchase ability unlocks to allow one ability per unlocker to be upgraded that is normally restricted by account level. 
|AA Experience Slider ||Alternate Advancement slider can be freely adjusted.|| Gold/Platinum: Alternate Advancement slider can be freely adjusted.|
Bronze/Silver: Alternate Advancement slider is locked at 50%.
|Quest Journal||Full access to 75 quests in journal.|| Gold/Platinum: Full access to 75 quests in journal.|
Silver: 40 quests allowed in journal.
Bronze: 20 quests allowed in journal.
|Inventory Bag Slots||Full access to all 6 bag slots.|| Gold/Platinum: Full access to all 6 bag slots.|
Silver: Access to 4 bag slots.
Bronze: Access to 2 bag slots.
Bronze and Silver players can purchase inventory slot unlocks to open up one additional inventory slot per unlocker, up to the normal maximum of 6 inventory slots. 
|Personal Bank Space||Full access to all 12 bank slots.|| Gold/Platinum: Full access to all 12 bank slots.|
Silver: Access to 3 bank slots.
Bronze: Access to 2 bank slots.
|Shared Bank Space||Full access to all 8 shared bank slots.|| Gold/Platinum: Full access to all 8 shared bank slots.|
Silver: Access to 2 shared bank slots.
Bronze: No shared bank slot access.
|Broker (World Market) ||Full access to the broker system.|| Gold/Platinum: Full access to the broker system.|
Silver: Purchases allowed; sales can be made with Marketplace broker credits.
Bronze: Purchases and sales not allowed but can be made with Marketplace broker credits.
|Player Housing||Both services have full access to all housing types and all vault slots inside the home.|
|Guild Halls||Both services have full access to using their guild's hall and all amenities their guild has purchased.|
|Coin Limitations||Unlimited coins per character.|| Gold/Platinum: Unlimited coins per character.|
Silver: 20 gold per level per character.
Bronze: 5 gold per level per character.
|In-Game Mail ||Full access to the in-game mailing system.|| Gold/Platinum: Full access to the in-game mailing system.|
Bronze/Silver: Can only receive in-game mail; cannot send.
|In-Game Chat ||Full access to all chat and custom chat channels.|| Silver/Gold/Platinum: Full access to all chat and custom chat channels.|
Bronze: Restricted to /say, /group, /guild and /tell.
|Guild Creation ||Full access to join or create a guild.|| Silver/Gold/Platinum: Full access to join or create a guild. Must purchase a guild creation charter from the Marketplace for 1000SC to create.|
Bronze: Can only join guilds.
|Station Cash Marketplace||Excludes any items that would impact gameplay, such as armor with stats.||All items including those that can impact gameplay.|
|Content Updates||Both services have identical game world content and are updated simultaneously.|
The only content difference is the gameplay-impacting items that the EQ2X service offers on the Marketplace.
|Customer Support||Full access to SOE customer support.|| Gold/Platinum: Full access to SOE customer support.|
Bronze/Silver: Only knowledge base access unless it is regarding a transaction-based issue.
|Pop-up Advertisement||No advertisements.||Bronze/Silver: In-game pop-up reminders to upgrade to Gold. When game is exited a browser window to an advertisement is forced open.|
|Discontinued Subscription||No access to the game.||Access to either Bronze or Silver level of the game, depending on whether a one-time Silver upgrade has been purchased from the Marketplace. |
|Yearly Plan Bonus||For $119.88/year (works out to $9.99/month) you receive 500SC (a $5 value), one Steed of the Blazing Sun, one Nizaran Assassin Armor Crate and one Cloak of the Storm every time your one year subscription renews.||For $199.99/year (works out to $16.67/month) you receive 500SC every month of your yearly plan (total value of $60). Platinum membership will also grant the player the most recent expansion without a need for additional purchase while this membership level is maintained.|
|6 Month Plan Bonus||For $71.94/6 months (works out to $11.99/month) you receive one Nizaran Assassin Armor Crate and one Cloak of the Storm every time your 6 month subscription renews.||No 6 month plan available.|
|3 Month Plan Bonus||For $38.97/3 months (works out to $12.99/month) you receive one Cloak of the Storm every time your 3 month subscription plan renews.||No 3 month plan available.|
|SOE All Access ||Gives full access to all Live servers.||Gives Gold access to the Extended server.|
|Veteran Rewards||Currently offers veteran rewards up through 8 years of account age.||No veteran rewards at this time. Account age from EQ2 Live does not count toward EQ2X and does not make these rewards available on EQ2X. |