City of Heroes European servers relocated
On Thursday this week Paragon Studios/NCSoft moved the European City of Heroes servers to a data centre in the US. Or rather, migrated the data to a new setup of server hardware, closer to the US server.
This move have maintenance benefits for Paragon Studios/NCSoft, as they now can have all servers in one place. The network infrastructure and the “pipelines” that the data traffic should go through should be good enough that the game experience would not be affected by the increased distance. Also, the server hardware is newer/better than the servers used on the European side.
I played for some time and I can agree that it was not noticeable the servers were much further away now.
In general most European comments in forums were also positive. Not only because that it should work just as well as before, but also because this could be the first step towards a server list merge of the Eurpean and US servers. This is a topic which has been discussed for years, in particular on the European side. With some of the game systems already being global and shared between US and Europe (market, mission architect etc) the separation of the different servers do cause some issues. Plus, people want to play with friends on the other side of the pond as well -without resorting to have separate account and a separate set up of characters.
I think this is a good move and I am looking forward to see if Paragon Studios will take further steps to unify the community.