Ok gang, stay with me on this one as things get a bit weird. Daybreak Games has announced that they will be trying out a new prison server called Drunder. Yes, Everquest II has been merging servers but this new server is being made for a very specific purpose…rule breakers.
The free to play MMORPG’s new server will be the repository for Norrath’s undesirables. Is your aim while playing Everquest II to make other player’s lives miserable? Then don’t be surprised if a GM (the ultimate judges on who is banished to Drunder) send you on a one way trip that you cannot come back from…ever.
“Well, if my character gets booted there I’ll just roll another character!” I hear some of you saying. Nope. This is an account wide booting. Your account and every character on it gets exiled to Drunder, no appeals, no revisiting, you go there and you stay there. You’d have to create a whole new account to get out of the prison server.
What’s the deal with this server? Well, it has no customer service at all, and you’ll have to maintain a membership to play. On the plus side, you can do whatever the hell you want in game since no one is watching you anymore. If you want to voluntarily go play on the server, you can petition to do so, just remember that this is a one way trip for your entire account, not a specific character.
It’s an interesting test. I’ve seen other MMORPGS do “jails” and other “time out” type devices, but this kind of takes things to a whole new level making the membership required. The required membership is probably a wise move otherwise I’m sure a “no rules” server would become the most popular server, but finding a way to milk payments out of players who aren’t great for your game anyway also seems like a desperate financial move. We’ll have to watch how it plays out.
You can read the full forum post on the Everquest II forums.