Yesterday, we reported that Trion Worlds was merging Rift servers based on a server-wide message players were receiving when logging in to affected servers. Trion has reached out to MMORPG.com to clarify what is actually happening.
Bottom line is that we’re not merging any servers. The 11 shards in question are being turned into trial servers for a future large-scale trial promotion.
We think the confusion is due to server wide notifications that recommended players transfer their characters before the 1/18, which is when the reconfiguration will happen.
Thanks to Trion for the clarification (and for haunting our forums!).