Update: The server closures will simply affect Tera Gold North American operation. Gameforge's Richard Plant told PCGamesN: "I’m keen to ensure you that does not apply to your EU servers run by Gameforge."
TERA launched four months ago, consider the majority of its servers have dwindled to your point that group play has slowed to some crawl. “We’ve got several metrics to measure server activity”, says developer En Masse. “And most of ours are below the potential.”
“We’ve ended up listening to the problems our players happen to be having in the sport: insufficient resources, absence of groups, extended wait times for dungeons, and so forth. We feel which the best way to deal with these problems would be to increase the volume of simultaneous players on our servers.”
An improved player experience, then, may be the goal from the server merger scheduled for September 18th. The move will likely make it easier for developer En Masse to operate player-driven server-wide events.
If you’re a Tera Items player, tell us what you think. Do you find it hard to find groups on ghost town servers? Or are you currently worried that the experience will shrink into nothing?