ArcheAge Q&A covers fresh start servers and its future roadmap

ArcheAge players have no shortage of questions about the game these days, particularly post-Revelation. To answer some of these, Trion Worlds took to the forums for a large community Q&A session that tackled the new servers, upcoming changes, and other concerns.

Trion said that it's holding off on opening an additional fresh start server out of a fear that it would be a wasteland in coming months. The studio said that the two shards should be able to handle the current demand: "In regards to tech issues, it's important to distinguish that the problems players are reporting are not coming from anything related to server hardware. The 600% increase is well within what the server hardware is expected to perform with. But we see server stress in the high population of zones during events, hero calls, and the massive new housing zones that put additional stress on the amount of instances running at once that was not there prior to 3.0. We've improved it over the last three weeks, but it's not fully there yet."

The team also addressed the roadmap for the next couple of months. The January 25th update will include the return of the Pawsome Festival, a new pet, and a "revenge-themed" event for Valentine's Day. Following that is the February update, which will include the Thunderwing Titan world boss and the remainder of Revelation's content. Past February, the team hinted at "fantastic" content coming.

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Kjab
Kjab

Is this the game that has a $100 hot tub, forced unbalanced pvp, and had real potential until Trion got it's hooks in it an decided to monetize damn near everything?

Why are you guys reporting on this?  This game is the most hated MMO at present, if not ever.  

Doopadoopa
Doopadoopa

@Justin Olivetti maybe next time write a bit more honestly about the massive player discontent above-and-beyond what a normal MMO playerbase expresses. These guys are literally the worst company I've ever dealt with. They screw up fixing their screw ups.... and then don't even bother for a third try. Please cover these guys a bit more truthfully next time.

Doopadoopa
Doopadoopa

Trion is absolutely and completely 100% incompetent at doing anything. This game has basically been 2 years of them fixing the same content over and over. Even the last "Revelation" (which btw was sneakily named to steal some hits from the other MMO being released with the same name) is only a handful of new starter zones and literally NO new endgame content for a game that hasn't gotten anything new or interesting for current players. Even if the content was interesting and useful, these guys are barely capable enough to keep the servers running on a regular basis. A month before revelation came out the servers were randomly dc'ing players massively, and now that their 'new expansion' is out the servers have not been stable for OVER A MONTH.


Do not play this game.


Do not give Trion your money.


These guys are the bottom feeders of the MMO industry, and they are tricky at covering up their ridiculousness ineptitude with a smile. 

BritoBruno
BritoBruno

@Doopadoopa "These guys are the bottom feeders of the MMO industry, and they are tricky at covering up their ridiculousness ineptitude with a smile."

Wow. And they are the creators of RIFT.

I'm impressed how hatred spreads so quickly.

mikroman
mikroman

Massive lag after Mistmerrow-Kadum in all day in Prophecy. Daily restarts. Sure. 1 server can handle the population of 3-6 servers. But it's true: Trino and this server will lose many players in short time. Trino failed all key element of FRESH START: 0 early balance of races, 4-8 hours queue in starting days, Auroria castle rush in Xmas when most of players have other (real life) plans, massive lags and mass of DC in castle rush, unplayable PvP in big wars and after  wars in ALL zones of the server, bugged dungeons, progression based on bugged/exploitable dungeon (free celestial gear, free divine quality weapon), gamebreaker unbalanced items after balancing of proficiencies (majestic trees, mining drills).

But it's not a problem. Less players= less problems. Mega-giga-kingsize-atom-fail... again :)

Malice
Malice

Is there a +1 for consistency? I mean AA just keeps chugging along here, it reads like the same song and dance over and over and over. The 3rd server thing is pretty funny in context, lol. Good luck with that.

dLinden
dLinden

a week trying to get pass tat Queue line .... its a MMO or Queue Simulator? Lucky i didnt pay for Patron, because was almost teh same shit(sometimes)

Goethe0
Goethe0

A new, third server? Nobody even asked for a 2nd server, which btw is ALREADY  wasteland, Reckoning, the main new server, has worked with diminished capacity which produced long queues in the first two weeks, after the capacity has been extended, but the technical problems have never ceased, to the point that now daily, there are hours long crashes, which all happened multiple times this week, without exception, and you can already see that a lot of the players have left, the hype is almost dead and things are settling in, and guess what, the server is still 2 days shy of completing it's first month.

zandog
zandog

The misses and I had the biggest piece of connected property in west Ollo. Traded it for two copies of GTA5 a bit over year ago and got out of AA. Best move we could have made.

NobleNerd
NobleNerd

My only question is.... how much popcorn do I need to get for the next installment of fail, server issues and more?

DansaiGedden
DansaiGedden

have they said when the new serves will go back to full pay to win?


Morpayne
Morpayne

@DansaiGedden they said transfers from the old p2w servers will happen in a few months. Doesn't really matter though, there's already people on new servers with dozens of pieces of land, all being worked by what I can only assume are bots. 

boredinBC
boredinBC

@Morpayne @DansaiGedden Where did you see that?  I've read that they intend to re-open legacy to legacy server transfers as soon as practical and that they will open up fresh start to fresh start transfer, but nothing about about cross server type transfers...

boredinBC
boredinBC

@DansaiGedden From the Q&A.  I guess we will see how it pans out...

I'm wondering what the plans going forward are going to be for the cash shop on fresh start. Is there a timeline set when items like rumblings are coming in?


Khrolan: We remain committed to our original plan with the fresh start marketplace and that means introducing and re-introducing items that match the progression timeline.

Please let me first immediately dispel any rumors about Rumbling Saplings (Thunderstruck Trees) coming back to the marketplace for direct sale or in a supply crate - they are not, and will not, EVER, while I'm the watchkeeper, full stop period.

On a smaller note, I'm also committed to keeping bears and yata pets and mounts out of the Marketplace on Fresh Start to preserve the uniqueness of the Husbandry Proficiency. The items we're adding to the Marketplace over the next month include: more Legacy costumes, cool-looking-but-not-OP bound direct sale combat pets (no lavaspark, no hellhound, no monkey, etc.), and we'll probably refresh the 800 credit revelation starter bundle.

We'll continue to provide a monthly labor stipend and mirage mounts will be coming back likely later this month or early next month. Fresh Start won't see a Supply Crate for at least another month plus and when it does the rare items will be in-line with current progression and the drop table will contain mostly consumables (Read: no Archeum, no Lunarite). Red charms and luckies will remain elusive and that's where we're at.

I'm in-game every day and I constantly hear "meow meow meow Trion ruining fresh start by adding x to the cash shop." As you can see by the current version, we're committed. XL has done a great job supporting our vision and we all remain in lock step. It's not unfair to consider the possibility due to the past of the product but I'm asking for a little faith here based on what you've seen so far. Thanks for reading!

DansaiGedden
DansaiGedden

@boredinBC @DansaiGedden


Well, I'll keep an eye on the game, but just cant bring my self to commit to a game like AA with past history and nothing being set in stone regards to p2w.


Hope any one playing enjoys it.

Morpayne
Morpayne

I hadn't seen that post. It all sounds pretty good actually, my allegiance is to fairness not negativity so I'll keep an open mind. That being said, if they open up those server transfers and let in an army of beefed up gods from the legacy servers it kinda negates everything he thinks he's doing with these new servers.

agemyth
agemyth

There was a brief 3-4 day window where I had this installed after the 3.0 launch to check out the Fresh Start servers, but the technical issues and queues gave me enough time to think about how awkward returning to that game would feel.

thickenergy
thickenergy

@agemyth Yeah, I did the same. Steam shows me with over 27 hours in the game. All but maybe an hour of that was spent in the queue. Uninstalling was far more enjoyable.

Qarran
Qarran

@agemyth Same.  And I had motivation in that other MoP folks were there playing so it would have been so much fun.  But... I couldn't get past the reminder of how things were when I was a patron with the same issues.  Sadly, I'll just watch from afar now and hope Trion has truly learned from their mistakes this time.