We've been following the efforts of Age of Conan
director Craig Morrison to keep the player community more 'in the loop'
since he took on the role a few months ago. Now the community team is laying out the details of one of the projects he headlined
when he first stepped up: server merges. Community Manager Famine has put up a post in the official forums laying out details on the procedure
. Which is good, because it's a little complicated.
Here are the highlights:
- All servers will not be merged at once. Instead, they'll be staged with "Hyberborea" and "Bloodspire" seeing a merger during this week's patching.
- During downtimes when servers are merged, all servers from that region will be unavailable. So this week, all US servers will be down while the two above are fused. Funcom is going to provide compensatory playtime to users affected by these outages.
- After the servers are merged, all players on the resulting server will be given a free one-time-use character transfer if they want to move their primary character to another server. They're doing this to ensure players like where they end up.
This is obviously a difficult time for the playerbase, and not something any MMO developer likes to do. Just the same, hats off to Funcom for obviously trying to do right by the playerbase, and for adequately compensating players for the inconvenience. For another 'just the FAQs' look at this issue, the AoC
site has up an F-A-Q already