Yes, this part is a bit confusing. When this game went Free to Play, they broke up the content into zones. (Well, it already was in zones but they made a zone into a "thing".) Most zones are part of the base game, but some zones are part of expansions. In the past, people had to buy an expansion in order to access its content... on TOP of whatever subscription they had. So it seemed wrong to give new players expansions for "free".
Originally Posted by Badbyte
If you subscribe (go VIP) you get access to all non-expansion zones as part of your subscription. If you don't, then the difference between a regular zone and an expansion zone is moot. You need to unlock the quest pack (or expansion quest pack) for a zone in order to get deeds and do non-epic quests in that zone.
When Turbine releases new non-expansion zones, there aren't typically pre-purchase packages or as much fanfare for the newly added zone that VIPs will be able to access as part of their subscription. When a new expansion is released, there's a lot of pre-release publicity, several ways you can pre-order (with pre-order perks), and even VIPs need to decide how they will purchase the new content.
Hopefully this makes things clearer?
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