There is no hidden algorithm or formula to discover.Â It’s not rocket science and it’s not even something to theorize or subjectively form an opinion about.Â It’s a reality and something that has never once changed since the beginning of time.Â Popular servers stay popular.Â When a new game launches and it’s a popular, like Aion, there will be certain “Launch Servers” that start out popular.Â They’re popular for a reason, even if that reason is only that people just happened to flock to that server by dumb luck, and they stay popular.
Lumiel is an example of a server that is popular for a reason:Â It’s the “Unofficial Roleplay Server”.Â Actually, it’s not only the unofficial rp server but it’s the server that the people who tried another server, just to find out they didn’t like it, fell back on.Â Additionally, it’s a server that several other servers from other games with tight communities named as their server of choice.Â And to top it all off, Lumiel sounds like Lumiere and he’s one awesome candle stick.
It’s no shocker that the servers, especially Lumiel, would have queues.Â It’s also no shocker that when new servers open up, which they have and will continue to do, people are not willing to move.Â Why would you move?Â You would have to start all over again.Â The obvious solution to that problem is to offer transfers, which NCsoft is going to do according to an announcement today.Â Â Don’t be surprised when not even that fixes the problem (if you even think its a problem) though.
Aion is a game that needs people.Â It’s clearly based heavily on the existence of a large server community.Â There needs to be people to group with to do the content because of how group-centric the game is and it needs people to fill the Abyss in order to experience PvP to its fullest.Â Those are not ideological, those are facts.Â Â People are not stupid creatures.Â If given the choice between a full server, even one with a queue, the vast majority will choose that full server over one that is empty or even less full.
On the flip side, it doesn’t take a PHD to know that after the first month you will lose a huge percentage of your playerbase.Â It just happens.Â Free server transfers do need to come, but not because people need to get off the popular servers.Â NCsoft needs to make them available because people need to get off the low pop servers that will inevitable be created once the first free month is up.Â I urge NCsoft not to open many more servers.Â I obviously do not have the numbers before me, and I acknowledge that Aion doing quite well, but I also know that a bit of common sense is required — common sense that is often completely disregarded and almost never heeded to the fullest extent of its obviousness.
Don’t open many more servers.Â If popular servers stay popular then why not make every server a popular one?