According to the news piece posted yesterday, another round of server merges is on the horizon for Telarans. Seven servers will be shoved into existing populations to support healthier numbers but there is another motive for the forced merges. The merge will facilitate servers being able to support multiple languages at a later date.
Develops speak to next week's server unification process, where regional servers will be created to make the game more robust for players looking for larger populations.
First, it means that the pool of people that you can play with is even bigger. Random dungeons will once again be random across the entire population of the region, warfronts will have a larger pool to draw from for match making, Conquest will have more folks to slaughter, and it will be even easier to visit your friends on other servers!
Second, this merge will see a move towards "truly international worlds" for the game where multiple languages will be seamlessly supported on the same shard. A brief FAQ also addresses dupe character and guild names, with Trion offering free name changes for those moved characters and guilds.
The merges begin during the normal scheduled downtime for North America on Wednesday, October 23 and for Europe on Thursday, October 24.