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My Thoughts: ArcheAge Announces Server “Evolution” Merges

archeageOh man. If I hadn’t already quit ArcheAge, I’d probably be doing it now.

I re-rolled my main character on one of the low pop servers because there was no land on the more populated servers at launch. Even then, I was lucky to get the spot that I did as land quickly filled up. I can only imagine the drama and fireworks this is going to cause if people who have owned their land for this long (end of the year = maybe over a year) are suddenly uprooted and thrown together on one server to have to do it all over again.

A real good way to lose subscribers – the only ones who can actually own land, aside from the bots.

When will the Evolution take place?
– Toward the end of this year. We don’t have a date yet, and there are a LOT of technical details to work out. It also gives you all lots of time to think of additional concerns or questions for us to address.

What exactly will happen during the Evolution?
– We are still looking at a number of options before solidifying the process. The basic plan is as follows: new servers will be created, and players from current low population servers will be moved to these shiny new servers. Yes, that means… LAND RUSH! All other details are under evaluation.

What servers will be affected?
– All current servers MAY be involved in the Evolution in one way or another. At this time, we are primarily focused on the needs of the lowest population servers. Some of the high population servers may be affected if we allow transfers to and from them. We feel it’s important to let our invested high pop players know they will not be forcibly moved off their servers.

As of June 1, our tentative plan is as follows…
Candidates for Evolution due to low populations:
Enla, Ezi, Calleil, Inoch, Lucius
Not currently considered candidates for Evolution:
Aranzeb, Kyrios, Ollo, Naima, Salphira
To be determined (population will be reviewed as we get closer to the Evolution date):



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6 thoughts on “My Thoughts: ArcheAge Announces Server “Evolution” Merges

  1. Like the content marketers say – don’t build your house on rented land.

    I almost bought into the ArcheAge hype surrounding the ‘live another life’ stuff – same stuff I first heard around Morrowind over a decade ago. Glad to know I wasn’t mistaken for walking away less than an hour in. The vibe was all wrong – and, from the way it sounds, so is this.


    1. That saying is so painfully true.

      You did good to walk away from this game quickly. I actually got suckered into giving them a couple months of sub time. I really loved my little farm and fields – I was mostly there to own land and farm.

      I was already getting fed up with the labor restrictions and many other things about the game. But when they started pulling morally ambiguous things on the players dealing with the cash shop, I drew the line. It’s the first game I’ve quit not because I was bored or didn’t like it… but because I felt I couldn’t morally support it with my money or time.

      I was really sad to give away my farmhouse that I worked so hard for (I got attached), but it was the right choice in the end. This is one game I’m not ever going back to. Every time I hear news about it, it’s always bad.


      1. I’m sorry to hear about what you had to leave behind! I felt the same about the kinhall I built up largely single-handedly in LoTRO when I left, as well. I don’t even have proper screenshots to remember it by – perhaps you do, of your plot!

        And I applaud you for taking the moral high ground. God knows it can be hard, with all that we put of ourselves into these digital worlds.


        1. I’m sorry to hear about your kinhall! I actually lost my long-time personal house in LoTRO last year due to my own negligence – I don’t play often, but always tried to log in and pay my housing upkeep. Forgot to do it once for too long and… well… 😦

          I do have pictures of the AA farmhouse and actually good memories of finding the land and building. I don’t regret that experience, and did pass it on to a guild member who didn’t have land of his own. So, I hope that it got some use even after I left. 🙂

          Here’s my post on it from last year:


  2. Now THAT looks like something I’d miss as well. Great angles. In comparison, I have little more than a shot of my kinmates spooning in the communal bed upstairs!

    You passed it on? That’s wonderful! I don’t know if AA allows housing naming, but if someone ever handed down a plot to me, I’d be sure to name it after him/her for good.


    1. Yes, you can name your housing in AA. As a matter of fact, someone gifted me an aquafarm once and I named it “Gift Farm.” I also managed to snag a spot for one of my farming plots on a cliff overlooking the ocean and named it “Awesome View.” 🙂


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