ArcheAge server merges will impact 12 realms

Server merges are a nerve-wracking, anxiety-filled experience even on the best of occasions, but when an MMO offers contested territory and open world housing, it can become a nightmare.

It’s this nightmare that ArcheAge is preparing to navigate with its upcoming server “evolutions.” Twelve realms across North America and Europe have been tagged for this process, which will consolidate everything down to brand-new four servers when it goes down starting on September 7th and concluding on the 9th. And yes, this does mean that all affected will engage in a land rush, because that’s always heaps of fun.

The three fresh start servers get diplomatic immunity from the merges, as does five legacy servers. Trion Worlds is planning to allow players the option to transfer their characters to those legacy servers instead of going through the merges if they so desire. The free transfer period will run between August 16th and 29th.

There’s no soft-coating the fact that during this process, players will lose their land, livestock, plants, guilds, nations, and families. However, Trion is planning on doling out limited compensation for the inconvenience: “Every character involved in the evolution will be given a special evolution package which will include the unique title, a temporary Any-Post Owl for use on the new evolution server, bound hereafter stones, and more.”

ArcheAge last went through server merges two years ago.

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Fnights
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Fnights

Die one time for all, fake sandbox.

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Roger Melly

Tried to get in AA a couple of months ago because I wanted a faction based game with active world pvp but I lasted about 2 weeks because players I chatted to in it all told me that the game was losing a lot of players . I guess the search continues for that faction based game with decent balanced ( meaning one side doesn’t dominate it ) world pvp . God knows if I’ll ever find one again .

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Celestia

They should just mail every subscriber a brick that players can periodically drop on their own foot. Would be less painful than their usual treatment.

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Eboni

Honestly, I really liked AA. I wish they could meet halfway and offer an instanced plot that was for mostly decoration and furniture, but had very limited farming space. I don’t know about anyone else, but that would have kept me happy.

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Slaasher

Yup. Maybe they really of need to combine servers to consolidate a failing server population but I do hope they are taking into account that one of the CHIEF reasons many people stopped playing was the damned land rush & housing mechanics in general. Not sure the game will survive many more dramatics in that direction.

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Chosenxeno .

Real World Property Ownership is great in Survival games but Instance Housing/Farm ect. is better in MMORPGs. People will blame Trion as they should but really it was the design. Things should have been instanced. I’ve only been watching from the outside but it seems that not having housing ect. instanced was an issue from day one when bots bought everything. Now it seems there is no continuity of ownership through Merges. Stick a fork in it.

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Joshua Dickerson

Here we go again.

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Melissa McDonald

Haven’t played the game in a few months. Do the avatars still have fixed eyes? that was one of the only things I didn’t like about the game. My character’s eyes didn’t dart around or blink, it gave her a kind of dead, mannequin appearance.

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Sally Bowls

For me, the takeaway is that, unless you are doing a Kickstarter to fleece nostalgic hipsters, don’t do old fashioned realms; they will be overcrowded then becoming empty as the population inevitably waxes and wanes between patch/expansion cycles. Although I suspect there is a lot more waning than waxing these days.

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Denice J. Cook

So what happens to character names? Is there some sort of priority system in place, or is it a “first to log in gets to keep their name” sort of deal?

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Paragon Lost

Oh, this is gonna be really ugly.

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Dividion

I left the game after the last merge. Took me several months to acquire 4 16×16 plots piece by piece, and then they went *poof*. Once the servers came back up, it was problematic to get back in (for most players), and by that time I was only able to snag 2 plots side-by-side, staggered though. I let my sub expire not long after that (only subscribers can own land), but was able to sell those plots first.

Stuff like this is just a big kick to the groin of the loyal backers.

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Darthbawl

We all know it’s coming… :P

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Strana M

I wonder how many at this point will just quit instead of going to new server.

Godnaz
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Godnaz

And yes, this does mean that all affected will engage in a land rush, because that’s always heaps of fun.

Aahahahahaaaa! *twists mustache*

Ollo, Tahyang, and Salphira will be evolved into CONVICTION.
Morpheus, Nazar, and Hanure will be evolved into THUNDERWING

Bye legacy servers! Ollo will be missed! I get the satisfaction of knowing I owned the largest chunk of connected land in the west. Look, the day I sold it for two copies of GTA5, logged out and never looked back.

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The MMORPG with the most potential I’ve ever seen. Take the best parts of BDO and AA, remove the P2W and gear disparity and I’d play for 10+years.

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starbuck1771

I have seen bigger.

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Loopy

That’s what she said.

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Godnaz

Not saying it isn’t true. 16 plots connected on Ollo West was the biggest I seen when I quit playing in 2015.

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Ryan

Hmm, I don’t think so

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Serrenity

The Evolution package seems a bit … weak?

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Shiro Madoushi

Much like all of their giveaways. Trion has never given out much because that would hurt sales.

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Serrenity

At least in AA – – they’ve been pretty generous in Rift, and way more generous than expected in Trove.

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Celestrata Bloodsong

Not done with the official compensation packs yet — what was mentioned there is only the beginning of them. The rest is still going through approvals between us and XLGAMES. (We publish the game, so these types of things are worked out between companies… versus RIFT and Trove where we make the game and can pick to give out whatever we want.)

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