DC Universe Online consolidating servers

SOE folding 26 current game platforms into four "megaservers," grouped by platform and region beginning today.

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Server consolidations have become a normality following the launch of most massively multiplayer online games, as game populations stabilize following the initial release hype. Sony Online Entertainment's DC Universe Online will be no different, as the company announced through the game's official website that it will be consolidating gamers onto four "megaservers" beginning today.

No word yet on whether the server consolidations will yield Bizarro superheroes.

Prior to the consolidation, DCUO's server count stood at 26. The merger combines servers by region and platform, with the US and Europe each getting their own PlayStation 3 and PC servers. SOE expects to merge the European PC servers today, which will take offline all of the DCUO platforms being consolidated for approximately 10 to 14 hours.

US PC servers will follow on August 10, and a day later SOE will bring down the US PS3 servers. The consolidation will conclude on August 15, when the European PS3 servers are all merged. The studio also noted that with the consolidations, gamers will be able to engage in player-versus-environment and player-versus-player combat all on one server.

SOE expects gamers to benefit from these server consolidations in a number of ways. Namely, the developer said that players will be able to interact with a much larger pool of fellow supers and will consequently have more people to participate in alerts, duos, and raids with. An increased population will also lead to a spike in the number of items at the in-game broker, SOE said.

There are some drawbacks, however. SOE said that it has changed some players' names and leagues to prevent duplication on the new servers. Name changes were implemented through "the fairest system possible," and those affected will also have the chance to pick a new moniker for free, should they disapprove of the one they were assigned.

For more on DC Universe Online, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

22 comments
KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

interesting...26 to 4 is a huge difference. o.O

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Well who is really surprised by this? It is not uncommon,however, going from 26 to 4 servers sounds like a huge contraction. This MMO looks like its future will be a niche one.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

I would like a real true expansion. It took me fifteen hours to reach the max level and after that it's just repetitive pvp and raids for better armor. Couple that with the fact that there's only two real locations and it made for a pretty shallow experience. Don't get me wrong, it was a great fifteen hours. But that's not enough to get me to resubscribe after 30 days. In my opinion, Champions Online is the best Superhero MMO out there right now. It's free to play, has multiple regions, and it takes a lot more time invested. Champs just feels deeper.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

This definitely needs to happen if this game hopes to survive. DCUO was pretty popular at first but lost tons of folks after the initial free month simply because it just wasn't a game that held people's attention. It was monotonous, the graphics are mediocre especially for how long it took to develop the game, and the monthly charge should be closer to $10.99 a month. Let's hope this gives the remaining players alot more people to interact with.

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

Server mergers don't bother me at all. It is not a sign of game weakness so much as, the dev's paying attention to issues at solving it. Best way to fix low pop server's is to merge them, thank you!!!

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

at 15.99 a month what else would you expect? Sheesh.

firedrakes
firedrakes

my issue with this game. is where the evil for a villain. and no big fights with other villain groups etc

vaejas
vaejas

In Germany they're called das Überserven.

BigDawgSteve420
BigDawgSteve420

Another SOE MMO failing??? Not surprising at all. Usually cancellation follows within a year after this. Didn't even make it to an expansion.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@Super-Poke-Bros why would they remove all their servers. As long as there are enough players to keep the game profitable they just consolidate to a reasonable ammount.

spiritualchemy
spiritualchemy

I suspect "megaserver" is a PR term. Seems like the popularity of the game is not what was expected?

redskinStu
redskinStu

I would have bought this game if i didn't have to pay a monthly fee.

nurnberg
nurnberg

I wonder if this game will go free. There are good chances IMO. Very few mmos succeed in using WOW's business model.

catsimboy
catsimboy

This is a very good thing. Right now the servers are wicked empty. I queued for a instanced mission and I played for like an hour and a half before it finally got enough people.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

OUch. This is the first step to the death of their MMO.

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

I've been wanting to check this game out for a time, maybe i'll do it.

rageman45
rageman45

I think I like this, when two worlds collide theres bound to be good stuff :D

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

At least they're not removeing them all together. It's better this way.

Roger4kk
Roger4kk

Megaservers is a good ide, then the population will get alot better