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Shard Unification (Transfers) and Future Plans

By on Oct 15, 2013 at 9:30 am, in Article, News, RIFT  |  Comments: 16 comments

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For a while now, Trion’s been working on a plan that will allow us to play with as many other players as possible within the same shards and clusters. This grand plan will eventually allow players from different parts of the world to play RIFT together while each playing the game in their own language thanks to some behind-the-scenes tech magic. While this technology isn’t quite ready for its debut yet, Trion will be moving toward that plan next week when the team condenses our shards and forces players to transfer to specific shards where this “unification” process will begin.

These transfers will happen automatically next week during the normal downtime period: Wednesday, October 23rd for NA shards and Thursday, October 24th for EU shards. All guilds and friend lists will remain intact when the transfers occur, and players will need to do nothing beforehand unless they wish to reserve a name or two ahead of time. Players will have to rename any characters (for free) if their names are taken on the new shard. Here is the list of shards being affected by the merges:

North America

Necropolis users will be migrated to Seastone.
Shatterbone users will be migrated to Wolfsbane.
Threesprings users will be migrated to Deepwood.

Europe

Volan users will be migrated to Bloodiron.
Blightweald users will be migrated to Gelidra.
Argent users will be migrated to Zaviel.
Nomi users will be migrated to Brisesol.

The current shard clusters will also be done away with and each region (NA and EU) will become its own cluster after these transfers take place. While this is good news for many players who are anxious to be able to play with a greater number of players and have larger group finder/warfront pools to pull from, etc., these transfers also unfortunately mean that a large number of players will have to choose new names, deal with character caps, and settle into new communities that may not be quite as welcoming as their previous communities. The European roleplaying community on Argent, especially, will have some major resettling to do as players will be forced to transfer to a full PvE shard.

Adjustments like these aren’t always easy. They’re often necessary, however, especially with the plan Trion has for the overall RIFT community. And don’t get me wrong– it’s a good plan– but it’s kind of a shame that Trion isn’t giving players more choices here. More transfer options would be welcome, as would the ability to add a surname or even a @shard tag to a name in order to help identify fellow transferees. At least with these transfers, players are able to prepare and spread the word ahead of time.

For more information, see Daglar’s official announcement.

Laura Hardgrave

Laura Hardgrave

Laura is the Editor-in-Chief for Junkies Nation. When she's not writing long editorials or fighting apostrophe errors, she enjoys exploring multiple MMORPGs, getting inspiration for more long editorials, distracting big snarly things for her friends, and writing LGBT science fiction/fantasy.
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  • gizmovision

    so long as I don’t lose all my mail and have to clear out my guild vault before the move. I’ve had to do that a few times before.
    So long as they are moving us instead of changing our server to a trial server and making us move afterwards.

  • Meadowlark

    I’ve maxed out the number of characters I have on both Deepwood and Threesprings. So what happens? Will I have to transfer some to a different shard? Or what?

    • Laura Hardgrave

      They finally got around to answering that question on the forums today. Here’s what dahanese said:

      “All [your characters] will transfer over, but you’ll only be able to see your first 12 (so
      if you have more than 12 after the merge, you’ll need to transfer off
      or delete some characters to see the rest.) My recommendation is to
      transfer some now to make sure you have all your characters where you
      want them come next week!”

      • Meadowlark

        Thanks for the info — I just finished moving my Threesprings team. Yeesh, what a a hassle!

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  • disgruntled_exriftplayer

    Well, that’s just bullshit. I originally started on Gnarlwood, and have been bounced around all over the place. Nearly all my original 6 characters have had their names taken on other servers, now they are targeting 2 of the 3 shards I relocated to using where I’ve resorted to using ridiculous looking homonyms of my original names. For some players like me its all about the name, and I’m definitely not going to put up with more rename drama. Goodnight trion, thanks for the memories.

  • http://www.hardingf.am/ b1tpunk

    I still do not like this. They are merging a high pop server with another high pop server. I swear if I have a queue to log in I am going to be pissed. As well, as a patron if I have to change my name because a F2P player already has it I am going to be pissed. I do not like this at all!

  • chs

    I really hope that soon open a spanish or even better a latin shard, im from peru, and i can speak english (most of it, although i have some problems with english abreviations) but i would like to speak in my native language

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