Players will receive free transfers to other servers when EA turns off the lights.
EA is closing the doors on a number of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning servers in an effort to make the game more engaging and fun for its remaining players. EA is axing three servers, two for the US and one for Germany, and is integrating their populations into the remaining realms.
Players on the Iron Rock and Volkmar servers in the US will be able to transfer to the Gorfang server, while German players on Carroburg will be able to move their characters to Drakenwald. As this is going on, EA will activate the "multi-realm" function on the destination servers, allowing players to have characters from both factions on a single server, and increasing the character limit to 20. At the same time, the originating servers will be marked as "legacy" servers, preventing anyone from making a new character on them.
Players will be able to transfer their characters from the February 9th onwards and EA is hopeful that merging server populations will help players find others to play with - or against - regardless of the time of day. The original servers will remain open for three weeks, after which point they'll close down for good. Obviously, this isn't the best news in the world for EA, as these are just the latest in a long line of WAR servers it's had to shut down. It might prove to be a boon for WAR players, however, as the game is very heavily weighted towards PvP combat, and that's rather hard to do on a nearly empty server.