It’s not uncommon at all to see your favorite MMO, no matter how popular, take steps to bring players closer together as the game ages. Most of the time this process normally includes the dreaded “server mergers.” While that works for many games out there, even if it does lead to cries of “the game is dying,” how exactly do you accomplish this feat when land grabbing on each server is such an integral part of your MMO? ArcheAge is currently testing options to accomplish just that with what they call “Server Evolution” for their free to play MMORPG.
What is “Server Evolution?” Well, simply, it is the merging of a few low population servers but instead of merging them into one existing server, all the players on the low population servers will be merged onto one, brand new server. This means LAND RUSH!!!!!
Yep, you read that right. Both NA and EU regions will go through this process but right now only details about the NA evolution are published. While not final, the list of NA servers considered for the Evolution based on low populations includes Enla, Ezi, Calleil, Inoch, and Lucius. Servers not being considered are currently Aranzeb, Kyrios, Ollo, Naima, and Salphira.
All players on impacted servers will be placed on the new server with none of the previous land or housing claims they previously owned. All land will be up for grabs. While Trion Worlds’ Director of Community Relations states that this “means that servers that are NOT evolving may have people upset that land barons and slumlords get to keep all that real estate under lock and key,” it also means that players who own land now are going to have it taken away in the process. Needless to say this isn’t sitting well with players on the forums.
There’s still a lot of time before this happens (currently scheduled by year’s end) as Trion Worlds works out the details on guilds, character limits per server, and other technical issues that could arise, but one thing is for sure, Trion Worlds seems to love a good land rush!