ArcheAge patches in Heroes Awaken, reveals server merge compensation

As of the writing of this post, ArcheAge players are twiddling their thumbs during a two-day period of downtime during which several of the game’s servers are being merged and the Heroes Awaken 2.0 update is being installed. There’s understandable curiosity and apprehension over what the game will look like when ArcheAge comes back online tomorrow and a new land rush ensues on affected shards.

Trion Worlds is attempting to put some positive spin on the merges with the details of several different types of compensation packs, including one that will go out to any player who logs in during the next month and others that will be distributed to players who lost land or a castle.

Comments on the compensation package forum thread show widespread confusion and disapproval over the studio’s actions, including not informing players in advance that they would be losing their security (tax certificate) deposits.

One player remarked that the destruction hurt her personally: “I am happy to pay and help support the game I love so much, but this is not right. I cried knowing all our hard work is being demolished. I cried having to empty all my homes I had worked so hard on, cried watching my last sunset with my love in Enla.”

Here’s what else is in the patch:

Hero system – Up to 9 players per faction are elected as Hero by other players. Heroes are able to don a special cloak, have unique VFX, summon allies to their side and bolster the strength of their realm mates in combat. In major cities, Heroes also have their own council building.
Enhanced Guild System – Guilds have undergone significant improvements and will now be able to advance through many tiers of progression, unlocking powerful bonuses and abilities, as well as advance through expeditions, a system of events to complete. Guilds will also be able to declare war on opposition guilds and engage in battle anywhere in the world through the Guild Dominion system, including peaceful areas.
Housing Specializations – Medium and large size houses can now be upgraded to specialize in ArcheAge’s proficiency (crafting) system. Houses will undergo an upgrade to all-new visual models and contain workbenches, special livestock & planting areas, and other bonuses.
Diamond Shore Reborn – Diamond Shores has undergone a huge update with all-new events. Players will be able to help erect their faction’s fortress to gain a foothold in the zone and repel a deadly dwarven invasion. A new housing areas has become available and the revamped zone will be the battleground for many Hero vs Hero battles.
Hero’s Welcome Event – Existing players and returning players will be eligible for amazing rewards through the Hero’s Welcome event including unique titles, rare treasure chests, and the Royal Griffon mount – only the second flying mount that has released in ArcheAge.

Source: Official forums, YouTube, press release. Thanks to Kinya for the tip!
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Zariarn
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ThorDarkthrone Zariarn UO is very unique that its still holding up after all these years.  However, it’s true that the norm is that MMOs do lose popularity overtime and mergers have to happen.  If you look at all the original big MMOs, DAoC, EQ, AC, and even WoW all have had mergers.  It’s a part of life for a MMO.

I don’t have an apathetic tone.  I have a realistic view on things.  I was simply asking a legitimate question to what people think would be the best solution for mergers when housing and land is an issue.

Dr_Sweers
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Dr_Sweers

Qarran Dr_Sweers At least this time Trion shut the servers down rather than allowing those  fortunate enough to log in continue about their business, snatching up all of the land.  3 hour rain delay…hopefully, Trion can get things going tonight.

Qarran
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Qarran

Dr_Sweers  Ah, the Auroria debacle revisited.  Wow… you think they would learn to prepare.  Why were they down for a couple of days then?  

Sad… really sad.

MinionDave
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MinionDave

Dr_Sweers  I think a lot of it is because of people from other servers trying to cash in on the compensation packages but mostly I think Trion just tried to do to much and failed….. again

Dr_Sweers
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Dr_Sweers

I will say, I am slightly surprised by today.  Slightly.  I really didn’t think there were enough interested players on the lower pop servers to cause such a stink.

MinionDave
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MinionDave

LOL oh my it seems Trion have stuffed up again how not suprising this is .

Dr_Sweers
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Dr_Sweers

agreygamer Dr_Sweers yep yep:)  I was able to get in to throw down a few plots prior to servers/forums going down:)

agreygamer
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agreygamer

Dr_Sweers Not at all unexpected, given that this is Try-none!!

Dr_Sweers
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Dr_Sweers

Wellllllpppppp!  A good number of the AA faithful are trying to get into the “(de)evolved servers” since 1PM PST startup.  Can’t get in.  Stuck on a ever repeating cinematic loop with no audio:)  Word has it there are people who were able to get in and have already put down housing/crows.  LOL.  What a joke.  I think this is finally it for me and AA.

MetaDune
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MetaDune

Nah I’m not speaking for the majority just if you look at all the complaining for just open world housing, it tend not to be positive.
I think the best solution is to have both. Aion have both open and instance and that setup has the least complaints I seen in any game housing wise