Producer’s Letter: Server Merges Coming After TLE Servers

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, TLE/Prestige Servers

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:

Greetings Norrath!

I want to address questions around concerns with lower-population servers. First, as a community-focused team, we’re listening to feedback and we want to tackle population health issues on some servers.

After we launch the two new Time-Locked Expansion (TLE) servers, we will proceed with creating a merge process for the US servers that need it most. We hope to start doing merges within the next few months. We’ll give you specific dates as we get closer. This is very challenging work that will branch off from our Cross-Server Dungeon work. Luckily, what we plan to do for true Cross-Server Dungeons & Battlegrounds logically helps us merge characters to new servers. We’ve already had our incredible coders working on the foundation of cross-server processes for a few months already. Our database changes earlier this year were the first step.

Once we’ve addressed server populations for the US, we are going to work on some options for our international servers which is an even bigger challenge given the multiple languages, but we’ll be sharing news on that as we get closer.

What does this mean for you and our plans for the year? We are working in writing a merge process ahead of creating Cross-Server Dungeons. This effort will delay that somewhat, but it’s still on our calendar for this year along with the campaign content release and live content.

We want to do the work that is needed to ensure a rewarding and fun stay in Norrath.

Sincerely, as always,

Holly “Windstalker” Longdale

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Comments (19)

  • Necromancer

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    This is actually really good news. Some of those servers are complete barren.

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  • Hoot

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    Thank god. Finally!

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    • Armageddoux

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      Not sure it will solve any problem (except the financial server cost eventually)

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  • Oxymorphone

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    Hope this happens sooner then the Cross-Server dungeons 😛

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  • Saute

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    Could she have been any more non-committal?

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    • Mizgamer62

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      Good one! 😆

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    • Blackdog

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      She said it was happening…what more do you want?
      Try this
      Thanks guys for working so hard on these issues and coming up with Real solutions!!!
      Easy Peasy 🙂

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  • Cloudrat

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    lol once again this shows up right after I make and start organizing toons to complete a crafting set on a server I rarely play on. Here come the imploding cloudrats:)

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  • Charn

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    I’m curious to know which servers and if it will be more than two merging together. The way things are now, I’d prefer at least 3 or 4 low pops to merge together into one instead of just 2.

    It would also be nice to know which servers are merging to see if any of my characters are going to need a name change. I forget the rules they used last time, and if they’ll use those or come up with new rules as to who keeps their name.

    (It was something like, if the character was created first and had more played time, but if a character that was made later, but has a considerable amount more play time (dunno the amount) they keep it or something . . . it’s been years since the last mergers).

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    • Feldon

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      A few 3 -> 1 mergers seem likely.

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  • Katz

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    I’m glad they are doing this too. Right now everyone seems to steer new people who ask to AB and Freeport so the other servers were just out of luck.

    Depending on playability on the resulting servers, I’d rather they merge as many as they can together.

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  • Breanna

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    Not to sure why they would open new servers, since the ones we do have open are low populated and cant even run a group in most servers. So for me personally I would have rather seen them merge servers and fix the current issues instead of opening more to create more issues. Even less people on the dead servers. But at least at some point they will merge the remaining dead servers. 🙂 so that’s good news for us that want to continue to play the game as is.

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    • Mizgamer62

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      ^^^This…..and imo, merging servers should be their priority. After servers are merged, then open TLP servers and then finish cross server dungeon finder after that.

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  • Striinger

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    I still think zoning to another server would be best first to let people migrate of their own accord, then just shut the most dead ones. Anything you don’t take is gone. Merges are ugly.

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  • Hoot

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    The entire reason why they’re focusing on TLP more so then Server merging is because SoE/DBG needs money asap. The TLP server will be subscriber based only which means they’re hoping they’ll grab the attention of long lost players to generate extra revenue from a dying game.

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  • Bloodstormz

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    I hope they do this really soon….Butcherblock is dead….i mean DEAD! i really have alot of time and money tied up in this game. i hate to think this is the end and be forced out to some other game.

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  • DavidCT

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    Just keeping my fingers crossed that Permafrost merges with Unrest!

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  • Zeppster

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    Bump!

    Whats good with this server merge? can we please get an update! Thx <3

    Zeppster-Fatality

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