Funcom will begin a gradual transition of Age of Conan to Dreamworld single server technology this month.
In a regular development update, community manager Tarbi noted that Dreamworld, which allows The Secret World players to group up and play together quickly and easily despite inhabiting different home realms, has proved its chops in Funcom’s latest MMO, and can now be rolled out to other titles.
Funcom won’t be just throwing Age of Conan directly onto the new server tech, though.
“Retro-fitting a new system like this is not just ‘plug and play’ when it comes to not just an existing game (that wasn’t originally designed to support it), but an existing game with over four years worth of data,” the representative noted.
“This means that to mitigate risk, we have chopped the process up into smaller steps so that we can ensure it is done as smoothly as possible, and that we aren’t all hanging around waiting for a year before absolutely everything we want to do with it gets done.”
The transition will eventually see all servers in each of the two major regions – Europe and the US – united, but it won’t be possible to merge the two because “the technical considerations are just too risky”.
“Too many elements of the code structure were built on those territories being unique and after over four years live, those roots simply go too deep for us to comfortably merge the two territories. Everything within those territories will still benefit from the technology, but we won’t be able to go to the full cross territory implementation that you see in The Secret World,” Tarib explained.