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Shard Merge FAQ
Shard Merge FAQ
13.03.2014

The shard merge is ahead of us, and we believe it’s worth highlighting some technical and other aspects in order to assure you that everything is covered. The only thing expected from you is to have a proper preparation for the upcoming update: have a good rest, finish tasks that are to finish, or maybe, go out to the movies with your friends... 'Cause once your client is patched to 5.0.00, we’re sure you will not be able to stop playing the game. A sudden story turn, revealed via progressive system of dynamic quest counters, will be keeping you in the game until you get to the core of the event in the World of Sarnaut!

Back to the shard merge, the main question we are often asked is: how are naming conflicts going to be solved? These rules haven’t changed:

For Avatar Names:

No name change will be required if your character’s name is unique across the servers.

If there are two characters with the same name across the servers, the matter will be resolved in the following manner:

  • If a character has not logged in within the past 90 days, that character will be prompted for a name change.
  • If neither of the characters with concurrent names has logged in within the past 90 days, both of them will be prompted for a name change.
  • If both characters have logged in within the past 90 days, the character with the lower gear score will be prompted for a name change.
  • If both characters have logged in within the past 90 days and have an identical gear score, then the character created most recently will be prompted for a name change.

For Guild Names:

No guild name change will be required if your guild’s name is unique across the servers.

If there are two guilds with the same name across the servers, the matter will be resolved in the following manner:

  • The guild with the lower authority will be prompted for a name change.
  • If both guilds have the same authority, the guild created most recently will be prompted for a name change.

For Ship Names:

No ship name change will be required if your ship’s name is unique across the servers. If there are two ships with the same name across the servers, the process will be resolved in the following manner:

  • Both ships will be prompted for a name change
  • In order to rename a ship, the ship owner must summon it from the Astral Hangar
  • The first one to do so will be able to use their existing ship name

Another conflicting situation might be Ship Parking spots, and the only fair way to solve it is to re-activate the auction from a scratch.

Next question would be about Dominion: as we want equal rights for all guilds on the united server, Dominion progress will be reset.

And in case you’ve missed any of our previous announces, it’s good to be aware that:

  • On the transfer date, English EU and NA clients will be patched to the same English client and connected to the same shards;
  • English-speaking players from Europe and North America will be communicating on the same forum (please, be welcoming and friendly to your new forum mates!);
  • After the merge there will be 2 servers: subscription-based and Free-to-Play
  • NA and EU gPotato accounts will go through an independent account transfer process; therefore they will not be merged.