EverQuest II plans server ‘consolidation’ in August

    
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At last, good stuff.

It’s all well and good to prefer lower-population servers, but you can also reach a point when the population is so low that you can no longer find players to actually share the game with. This is the motivation behind EverQuest II‘s upcoming server consolidation, but the newest letter from the producer promises that it will be an actual consolidation rather than simply merges by another name. Smaller servers will form one new server, and characters will have server-of-origin tags to identify them (and hopefully keep their names).

Players from larger servers won’t have to worry about this, however, and can instead focus upon campaign updates, the upcoming community roundtable, and expansions to guide functionality. You can check out all of the details in the producer’s letter itself, whether you’re deeply concerned with server consolidation, want to get in on that community discussion, or consider all of the above equally important.

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Radfist
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Radfist

It’s a new server not a merge so no one gets dibs on names. Every character moved to this new server will be forced to rename. First in gets the name.
There’s no easy way to merge severs and keep everyone happy.
Although given the current population of EQ2, unless you have picked a generic and cliche name you should be fine.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

hugmonster A Dad Supreme Now that I think about it, I have seen that in FFXIV with a few people.

Tandor Shadewalker
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DontaleMobasa Tandor Shadewalker Radfist “First to log on” is an appalling way to run things. I can’t believe they’d do that. However, the latest response suggests that they don’t actually have a set policy yet, nothing is written, they’re still at the stage of considering server options based on things like guild and character name duplications. Given the state of the discussion they’d be very wise to make a clear and fair naming policy announcement ASAP.

Like Turbine before them, DBG have made a big mistake in my view in announcing they are consolidating a lot of servers without being in a position to say which servers, and how they will be consolidated. It just fuels a lot of fevered debate when there are no answers to the questions being put, and it really pisses off a lot of their long-standing customers.

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Tandor Shadewalker Radfist It sounds pretty clear to me, the only thing i would ask is if it is going to automatically attempt to use your characters current name or is it going to name wipe. Other than that it most certainly sounds like it will in fact be related to whoever logs on first. The main point they seem to be making about it is that you wont have to compete for names against inactive players because naturally you’d log in before they do.

Rozyn
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I do like that the smaller servers won’t just be folded into a larger one, where they feel inferior and the pre-existing players feel like they’re being invaded. I am definitely curious how the naming system will work out, although generally my names aren’t taken anyway. Definitely glad I dind’t drop that $45+ on server transfers back in Spring! Overall, I’m not too worried since I just play on the TLE anyway.

Rozyn
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hugmonster A Dad Supreme I had two people on my friendslist in GW2 with some variation of Khaleesi. So annoying! They paid for it though because I’d constantly send the wrong one a tell.

Rozyn
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A Dad Supreme It’s all about the Starks now. Sadly.

Tandor Shadewalker
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Tandor Shadewalker

Radfist Tandor Shadewalker It’s not remotely clear. But feel free to clarify it if you can. It says no names will be taken, player names will be available on a first come basis, and names can be grabbed before a non-active player. Does that mean a full name wipe? All existing names to be fought over according to who gets to log in first? You’re the only person I’ve come across who sees it as a pretty clear statement. I assume they’re intending to run a standard naming policy akin to past server mergers, but they sure as heck need to clarity that!

Serrenity
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Radfist But I don’t think that’s true.  I still play on a low population server because I don’t want to move all my toons to a different server.  Additionally, we don’t know what server populations look like at any one given time. and what the population would be on the consolidated server.  Nor do we know about the caps on the consolidated server, nor any real sense of what the realm population fuzzy teams mean. We can speculate all we want how many people “Low” is and what the delta is between a low pop server and high pop server, but at best we would be making entirely unfounded no-basis-in-reality guesses.  
I’m hoping the merge happens to my server so I can on a server with more people, but I think it’s silly to assume that everyone will all pile into one server because people.  EQ2 is one of few games I’ve seen lately where smaller community trumps most else in the game.

Radfist
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Tandor Shadewalker Radfist  Its a pretty clear statement really.  I guess they just want to purge all the old names from players who haven’t played in years.