The Guild Wars 2 April 2014 feature pack (aka patch aka update aka the "new" shiny) hit clients this week and along with it Arena Net unleashed the MEGASERVER (yes; you have to type it in all caps because it contains the word MEGA). Now, the technology has not enveloped all zones at this time, but a few zones got the early MEGASERVER treatment. I was able to venture into the MEGA version of Brisban Wildlands and experience the technology first hand. Here are my impressions.
"WTF!? someone just helped me back up" The statement was odd for me to make in /map chat. I had spent a lot of time in the Brisban Wildlands as of late eating dirt and it was fairly odd to have another player present to help me back up this time. There simply wasn't supposed to be more than a few players in this zone at any given time and there certainly wasn't supposed to be any working on the event the same event at the same time. Let alone was there supposed to be one there to save my warrior from a tough tangle with a veteran.
In fact, Brisban Wildlands was hopping. It was a happening place, if such a thing means something. I was absolutely in awe of the number of players moving through the zone and elated at the pace of events occurring. My map was full of orange circles and rapidly depleting orange bars appeared in my notification area.
What kind of bizarro world was I in? This wasn't Queensland! This wasn't a living event zone! This was the boring and forgotten Brisban Wildlands! There shouldn't be anything more than those one or two newbie Asura players that don't know any better! Truth be told I was learning very quickly that the MEGASERVER technology was at work ensuring my lonely adventuring was no more.
Color me impressed with the MEGASERVER. It was my most anticipated feature with the patch (unlike the majority that were hyped on the wardrobe system which has turned into a complete mess post-patch) and it has lived up to my expectations. It is a truly marvelous change for the game and Arena Net should make sure 100% of their effort is placed behind rolling this out to every zone in the game. I can't help but believe there are players leaving every day because they get sick of boring game play in empty zones. Dynamic events sell Guild Wars 2 and with zones full of people those events are almost always happening.
In conclusion, the MEGASERVER is MEGA awesome.