We're sorry to disappoint you and would like to assure you that the previously announced merge is not going to happen. While we believe the way forward is to merge servers and remove high speed experience rates, the method we chose to accomplish this was not the right one. This is why we have two new proposals to share, and the reasons for doing so:
A) Everath + Pharos + Novus
All three PvP servers join Novus at a 3x experience rate, continuing with a 2x rate. High level Everath characters and all Novus characters receive an experience boost. Other characters remain as is with their previous experience, without any reductions.
Why? News of a merge have split people back to the old servers from Novus, crippling the new world. It's clear that the player base is not large enough to support four servers. Merging all three worlds brings the PvP community together on a single, sustainable server.
Why not? Novus is a clean slate without the burdens of the past, and performing this merge would throw it away. Dropping the experience rate without adjusting previously gained experience would not be fair towards new characters on the remaining world.
B) Everath + Pharos
Everath and Pharos join into New Pharos with a 2x experience rate. High level Everath characters receive an experience boost. Other characters remain as is with their previous experience, without any reductions.
Why? This is likely what most people expected. The merged server brings new life to old characters. Novus stays as a fresh start for new characters and those looking to escape the wars of the old world.
Why not? The PvP player base is split between two servers, which may not be sustainable.
There is no perfect solution to merging the worlds, nor is there a solution that will make everybody happy. Some sacrifices must be made, and that's why we must hear what you think! Please let us know in the comments. We will not be making any hasty changes until a clear path forward is determined.
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Published: Monday, January 7, 2019