Something else, in addition to everything else going on (I know, what with SRCs hacking accounts and Lord British shooting at killer whale-loving intruders it’s hard to keep up) that is irking folks are the announced plans by Origin to delete characters that haven’t been played in 3 months.

It’s hard for me to get worked up about this. I mean, if you haven’t played a character in 3 months, chances are good you’re, I don’t know, not playing that character. Maybe it’s just me. I also don’t really see how character data is just overwhelming Origin’s data storage. There’s not a whole lot of information on CHARACTERS stored, I’d think, as opposed to data on the WORLD the characters live in. Again, maybe it’s just me.

Anyway, the positively verbose Dread Lord Calandryll had this to say on the subject, again on CoB:

I wanted to make sure all of you know that we are going to post on the patch server. 🙂

This is not something we plan on doing in the near future. The communication was a heads-up to let you all know this is coming rather than just post about it a week before it goes active.

“Refreshing” a character is a lot like refreshing a house. As long as you do it during normal server time (not right before it goes down) then the character won’t be deleted. Since the timeframe is 3 months, refreshing a character once a month will virtually assure that it is kept. Also, as I’ve said before, simply through normal game play you will “refresh” the vast majority (if not all) of your characters just by the simple fact that you play them.

We’ll be posting more information about how the system will work. You will have plenty of time to give us feedback on the specifics of the system before we implement it. 🙂