Albion Online is getting a new server, Albion East, which will serve the Asia Pacific region. This new server will offer a fresh start separate from the Albion West server, and should help players in the region with better connection and less ping.
The new server will open up in March and there's a brand new trailer, “Coming to Asia”, announcing the new server in a humorous way. When the server opens, everything will be completely fresh and untouched, with every player and guild starting from scratch. All events and seasons will be optimized and timed for the new server. Yet, the biggest advantage will likely be just having a closer server for more stable performance and reduced ping.
In February, there will be a closed beta, including a beta season with persisting rewards that will start February 20th, with exclusive access for those who have Founders Packs.
During the closed beta, to maximize the data before the server officially opens, everyone participating will get automatic premium status, an allotment of 2000 Learning points, and some big progression bonuses. These progression bonuses, also including things like Fame and Resource boosts and item weight reduction, will apply automatically for all beta testers and only on this new server. This should help the team at Sandbox Interactive work out any remaining issues before they open up Albion East in March.
While the beta will function generally like most betas do, there will be some permanent rewards up for grabs that will persist beyond the server reset when it ends. In the announcement of the new server, the team revealed that there will be a Guild Season and Conqueror’s Challenge during beta, with a three-week season.
The top five ranked guilds will get custom guild logos, and the top guild of the season will get a custom gold statue that will be placed in Albion East’s open world permanently. The second and third guilds will also get statues. Players can also earn themselves individual statues as rewards that they’ll get when the server is back for Albion East’s official launch.
Sandbox Interactive is also hosting a livestream Q&A on the new server announcement.