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.