ArcheAge’s latest ‘server evolution’ process is underway

    
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Yesterday, ArcheAge began the process of “server evolution,” which is the name Trion Worlds has given to what is essentially a mass server merge that aims to help balance out the game’s population. The servers will be down for the next 48 hours, during which time the number of servers will be winnowed down from eight NA servers and six EU servers to three servers for each region.

After servers come back up on October 18th, players will have a couple of days to get their proverbial houses in order before the Land Rush begins on October 20th, at which point they’ll be able to get their in-game houses in order as well. Not long after that, the game’s 5.0 update will be going live, tentatively slated for the 23rd for EU servers and the 24th for NA servers.

If the idea of going a full two days without getting your ArcheAge fix is unfathomable to you, the PTS is open and will remain so for the duration of the server evolution process. And if you just want to know the nitty-gritty details of how your housing, guilds, and nations will be affected by the merges, you can check out the in-depth FAQ over on the game’s official forums.

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Godnaz

RIP Archeage Alpha. You are sorely missed.

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Armsbend

Still waiting for that present when AA announces it’s closure. This piece of shit closing forever would be as strong a symbol as when this trash pulled the switcheroo coming out of beta.

AA is the symbol for everything wrong in MMOs and gaming in general.

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Dividion

When your game has limited open-world housing and you take that land away from players every time you do one of these merges, and then have another land rush in which those players might not even have any land afterwards, or at least not as good as what they used to have, all that does is drive them away. Especially when the only reason they were subscribing was so they could own land.

I loved the housing and sailing mechanics in ArcheAge, but this kind of mismanagement was unacceptable and completely ruined the experience for me.

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Katie Wishowski

I do wish there was an option to opt out of pvp if you just want to farm in peace, but I get that that’s not the point of the game. I was on a medium populated server, but when I played the game a few months ago there were open plots everywhere (at least on Nuia), even in popular zones like Gweonid and Two Crowns. Mostly 16x16s but they are still very workable. The seas were pretty empty, too. I did sport fishing every day and was never once disturbed. Reds turned in half a dozen merchant ships worth of trade packs to Two Crowns and Solzreed and nobody bothered trying to intercept. I leveled a new character and rarely saw other players unless I was passing through trade pack hubs or housing areas. Game was pretty dead for the 3 or so months I played, this was probably needed.

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Dividion

That’s pretty sad. I guess Trion is doing well at perfecting the art of chasing players away. :)

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Fisty

Sucks about the private server too. All I wanna do is have a home in this land, but official or private, it’s next to impossible. People seem to just grab up all the land rights with scarecrows and then hold out and sell them off.

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xanadox

Archeage merging servers:
– due to lack of players?
– or to clean databases?
– or to ask for patrons subs?

Why are they disbanding guilds?
Are they merging the old fresh servers, and the new fresh servers into new fresh servers?

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Bruno Brito

It’s their way to keep the money coming with a game that consists mainly of a weak playerbase and whales.

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xanadox

So they need more players to feed the whales.

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Antiseptic

Fresh start turned into a revenue generator for Trion with this game because players would have to create a new account for fresh start. This compelled them to purchase the new packs for fresh start, patron, and apex. Many also continued on their legacy accounts. Legacy servers would eventually need to be merged due to population decrease. Rinse and repeat this cycle for later content patches where a new fresh start server is created while the previous ones become part of the legacy pool and ends up being merged with the older legacy ones.

There are some with too much “investment” in their housing items so they are bound to the game by not being able to get past the sunk cost fallacy. Since land ownership requires patron, someone has to pay for it somewhere either directly subbing or grinding out enough income to purchase apex (which someone else had to buy) in order to convert them to credits to get their next months patron. It’s this revenue making cycle that Trion wants to farm these players wallets for as long as they can.