After vague details in the Producer’s Letter on server changes coming in 2015, a few clarifications were posted today on the forums by Vyvyanne. The clarifications confirm that “a number of servers” likely will be closed in the future, but affected players will be able to choose the server to which their characters will be moved.
“There will be no forced data merge from one server to another, or to combine two servers. When/ if players move, they will make the choice themselves of which of the available worlds they want to move each of their characters and account or kinship to. Yes, we are likely to close a number of servers to play, but only after a large grace period and even after that the characters will remain available to be moved to another server to play on indefinitely. We have an idea of the servers we will wish to keep and which to close, but that list is not yet set in stone and may be subject to change as we see the results of transfers and some of the hardware investigation we are doing.”
Vyvyanne continues on, saying that transfers between the EU and US may not be possible and cross server play is not feasible.
“Also it appears I may have posted some incorrect info yesterday. We may not be able to allow EU <-> US transfers due to data concerns that remain from prior merges. But we are looking into it to see if any of our new tech might bridge that hurdle.
Cross server play/ chat is something we looked into but was not feasible with the age of our code and sheer amount of character data that could conflict.
I have more meetings on the transfers in the next couple of weeks to clarify some of the questions that remain. After that I should be able to start releasing more info on the plans and possibilities.”
Vyvyanne also says in another post that some account items that could not be transferred in the past are planned to be transferable in the future.
“One of the things we are wrapping up currently is this ability to transfer account level items such as mithril to another server. We want to get this ability out to you before we begin opening up and encouraging the transfers so that you lose as little as possible. The exact list of account level items that will move with this feature will be coming in a future more detailed post in the coming weeks as I get those details nailed down and tested.”