In a recent Dev Diary, Frelorn announced that the 19 servers to be closed will be announced on August 3rd. At that point players will no longer be allowed to create new characters on those servers. This will also mark the start of free transfers for all characters on all worlds but the change will be gradual so some transfers on some servers will not open until a couple weeks later. Starting in October, the transfers between the remaining 10 (5 EU and 5 US) will no longer be free but closed worlds will be free as long as LOTRO continues. The servers to be closed will still be open until January 2016.
There is a new transfer tool that will work through the launcher that will allow players to transfer the following:
- Account Shared Currency (Mithril Coins & Skirmish
- Shared Storage
- Housing Storage
- Kinships (done by the kin leader)
Mail will not be transferable so it is recommended to take care of all mail before transferring.
Naming priority will go to the character that was on that server first unless they have been inactive for over a year in which case they will be given a -1 after their name. The character with the name change required will be given a free token to change their name.
The article also reminds players that you will not be able to change between EU and US servers.
The diary recommends tranfers in the following order:
“Kinship leaders first, then Home Owners, Shared items, and then other characters or all at once if they are going to the same world.”
The diary also gives a positive outlook on the future:
“So what happens after we are all moved over to the remaining ten? Lots of fun times ahead. The new data center we will be moving provides a much faster connection to the internet with more direct ports to all territories. We are updating all of our software to the latest and greatest versions and all of the worlds are moving to new top of the line hardware allowing for less interruptions of service and a smoother gameplay experience for us all. Having fewer worlds means the ability for our team to run more Live Events on those worlds and the consolidation of players will mean the worlds will be more active, giving you more people to form fellowships, kinships or even just enjoy a festival with. We are really excited about this chance to re-invigorate Middle-earth and we hope you are as well!”
The diary also has the FAQ at the end of it with interesting insight that suggests Brandywine is going to be one of the 10 remaining servers:
“Q. What about Lag on Brandywine?
A. Brandywine will be made unavailable as a transfer destination until that server is moved to newer hardware and performance improvements are confirmed.”
Also the FAQ mentions there will be an option to move over your full account:
“Q. Can we do a full account (all characters included) transfer option?
A. Yes this will be an option”
There is also mention of the number of character slots that will be made available:
“Q. What if I have all my character slots filled?
A. We have doubled the amount of max character slots you can purchase”
In a follow-up post, Vyvyanne mentions when the transfer to the new hardware will take place:
“We are still resolving timelines on moving the worlds to new tech but it is looking like we should be moved over in the next 2-3 months. I will give a better timeline once I have it.”
It seems the developers know what they are doing and have a solid plan in place. Now it is just a matter of making it happen smoothly and so lets hope all goes well.
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