As part of this week’s forced shard transfers and merges, the European roleplaying (RP) community on Argent is being migrated to the Zaviel shard, which is purely PvE. This decision has received a large amount of negative feedback from the RIFT community, and when asked about the possibility of turning Zaviel into an RP-PvE shard in order to maintain its RP flag, Trion answered the question by maintaining that the RP flag would not be moving.
This is rather unfortunate in an MMORPG universe where it’s often a little rough for roleplayers to find a safe, open-world haven to enjoy a bit of RP. It’s also rather unfortunate that it’s currently impossible for RIFT players to transfer between EU and NA clusters, as this would allow the RP community to relocate on Faeblight, the North American RP shard.
Trion finally delivered some good news for European RPers in a forum post made by dahanese yesterday. While an exact solution hasn’t been found yet, the development team is working on one and plans to usher one out as the shard internationalization process continues to unfold fully:
Originally posted by dahanese (Source)
We’re working on options for an RP shard for the EU when we finalize and rollout our internationalization plans but that’s something that’s still in progress.
As for Faeblight: it isn’t going anywhere. There’s a hefty population there.
Daglar and I talked about a State of the Game today (he needs to get it out to you!) and I’m going to keep you guys up to date on internalization and all other plans as they move forward and towards their live date.
In all likelihood, this solution will probably have to do with allowing players to finally transfer/hop between EU and NA clusters, since Trion’s grand internalization plans will allow players from various parts of the world to enjoy the game together while still playing RIFT in their own language.