A post was made on the main forums about what servers will be left after merges. It seems after all is said and done, there will be a total of 6 servers in the US.
The listing follows...
The bolded servers will be the mains, and the others listed underneath will merge into that server.
- Set (PvE)
- Wiccana (PvE)
- Gwahlur (PvE - Oceaninc)
- Tyranny (PvP)
- Cimmeria (PvP-RP)
- Bloodspire (PvP - Oceanic) - merged on 7th January 2009)
Set and Wiccana were the two servers I played on. I also have a character on Deathwhisper and Cimmeria, but were there during population checks, but not played much. When I go back, I will be focusing on SET (as it has the VERY large guild I was in) and Cimmeria.
Now, what is really interesting is how the server system works for AoC. Basically new fields are spawned when around 1500-2000 players are on board. What this means is new "instances" start to appear when the server areas fill up. How many for each instance is unknown.
Each server has been discussed as capable of 8000-10000 concurrent users at once (compared to say the non-instanced games like WoW which has a 1500 to 2000 player limit per server (based on calculations noted around the web).
Not sure how that will play out in the long run, and if queues will start to appear.
They have listings for the EU servers, and you can preview those changes here.
Now all we have is time to see how this proceeds.
What I DO know is for the first time in about 3+ months, AoC finally got out of the 50's on Xfire yesterday and peaked at #49.