As part of what ArenaNet
calls "just the beginning of our new approach to enhancing the in-game social environment," the Guild Wars 2
developer is announcing a new Megaserver technology
that will allow similar players to play together more easily and more frequently.
Launching with the April 2014 Feature Pack on April 15th, the Megaserver System will introduce a new metric that will restructure the way servers will work. According to the studio, this system will place players on servers that have more of your friends and guildmates, and more players who speak the same language as you. It hopes to eliminate overflow servers and dead shards.
The Megaserver System will start out as a test on the level 1-15 maps, main cities, and the PvP lobby. The team hopes to roll the technology out to the entire game by the end of the year, if all goes well.