Also the Asian WoW subs are a lot more unstable than EU/NA. There were global sub losses last expansion, but the vast vast majority of them were in the Asian regions. So the company that manages WoW over there, and Blizzard, are more likely to cater to the demands of that region to get the WoW population stable there.
This was a needed thing in that region, response to it will likely be positive. In the western market however when an MMO starts merging servers it's seen as a sign of doom as most MMOs start merging servers when they've failed. You can already see a good example of that in this thread with people posting things like "So down from total 26 to only 12, wow." - It doesn't matter why the mergers happen (People flock to a handful of servers and leave the other servers more or less empty." - It's seen as a sign of failure.
I'm pretty sure the dead server thread on the EU forums is one the largest threads atm.
It's about time they do the same for EU and US, but Blizzard probably sees it as a sign of weakness and won't do a thing, and/or retarded players (aka whining vocal majority) playing in dead servers are actually content with playing alone despite the game being a fucking MMORPG.
You can tell a server is dead by simply looking at Wowprogress realm's page, any server under 4000 is dead.
Can't help to feel like a second rate customer.
One particularly succinct comment on the blog post - "Repair the barn after the horse is stolen. Almost empty."
There's only 2 servers left that could even qualify as Medium pop in Korea now. The rest are dead.
They will milk the US & EU players the same way and not do anything until it is too late.
Did you think we had forgotten? Did you think we had forgiven?
By that i mean the players left playing Wow on dead realms have already shown they wont quit if theyre treated so badly and ignored, so Blizzard doesnt have to change anything cos those players will continue to sit on their dead realms for a few more years paying their subs.
PLEASE, PLEASE let this happen to EU servers...
Beeen recruiting for our guild 1,5 month now and got nothing
Hopefully a constant stream of ppl slamming the Blizzard forums and Q/As with this topic will give it some momentum.
A thing to note is over in the East server merges do not have anywhere near the bad PR connotations that they do over here and as such a company would be more likely to use them as a solution to problems. Server populations are an absolute farce now in WoW where the majority of players are clustered on a few servers and quite a few don't have enough 90s to put together even a 10 man raid team together. The situation has moved way past "Oh, but I'm awfully attached to this name". I can't think of one single good reason that a person could up with with justifying a server with 9 level capped players logged in total at peak hours; other than "server merges are bad just because".
Why is there always one guy who claims Blizzard is not in charge of WoW in Korea or in Taiwan, every time someone reports Blizzard has been officially solving population problems with merges and free transfers away from dead server, undermining their own excuses when they say they don't want to merge here due to naming conflicts, but really just want to milk paid transfer fees and safe face?
Wow really? You are totally not a whiteknight and totally criticize Blizzard all the time and totally endorse criticism but only the real rational and constructive one. Never heard this line before from someone trying to derail and disturb any discussions and idea implying WoW and Blizzard is not perfect and every error is anyones but Blizzards fault and deny and belittle anything critical for no reason.
Giving up all my damn names just merge that ***king server burning steppes eu with something else its just unplayable.