Tired of queues keeping you from being able to play when you want to play?Â Queues are a nasty problem facing most MMOs for up to a few weeks post-launch, but that may be a thing of the past now that ArenaNet has announced their Overflow Server feature.
“Let me explain what an overflow server is and what it does. It is a technology we also use as our version of a queuing system. When a map or a world you want to log into is at capacity limit, the game will ask you if you want to play on an overflow server â€“ so you can actually play while you are in a queue. Once space opens on your world, the game will ask you if you want to join your friends on your world. And you keep all the progress you made while you were playing on the overflow server.” [Source]
I think this solution is highly innovative and quite possibly the best solution we’ve ever seen to deal with queues.Â A lot of speculation is floating around about how this works.Â Do you play with other people from other servers?Â Â Â Most of these questions are not negative in any way, but three points have me wondering.
(1) What is a “map”?
If a map is a zone, that could be really weird and fragmenting for a server.Â If a map is an instance, it wouldn’t really matter, but I have never heard of an instance server having queues that warranted an overflow system.Â Â I’m trying to think of places that would be called a map that would have large enough numbers to justify a queue, and the only real one that makes sense is WvWvW.Â Overflowing WvWvW makes no sense, though.
(2) Can you choose to remain in overflow and not return?
I assume that if you’re asked if you want to join your server again that you can ay “no” — what happens if you say no?Â How long are you on the “overflow”?Â I assume until you re-log.Â If someone is farming, it would make sense that the those only interested in their own gains would stay where it is less popular to free-farm then being allowed to rejoin say the most popular server… it seems sketchy.
(3) Does overflow have WvWvW?
For the system to work, I would guess there isn’t any WvWvW on overflow.Â It would not make sense.Â Maybe instanced BG’s or Arenas would work.
Innovative, but still very much a mystery as to how exactly Overflow Servers will be handled.Â If anyone has any details to answer my questions/concerns, please let me know!