I received an email from the peeps at Planetside yesterday. They are merging the two remaining North American servers into a single server named Gemini on May 20, 2008. As a past player, they also offered me the chance to play for free until May 21, 2008.
"With the goal of maintaining a high level of battle between the three Empires of PlanetSide, the two North American servers, Markov and Emerald, will be merged into one server, Gemini, on May 20, 2008. Starting today, as a part of a select group of past PlanetSide players, you will be able to log in for free until May 21, 2008.
Preserve your Legacy! After the merge, many character names will be duplicated and priority will be given to players who have logged in most recently and to those who created their names first. As an added bonus, special merits will be given to native Markov and Emerald players to represent your loyalty to your past server. Characters will receive their merits upon logging into Gemini for the first time after the server merger is complete.
If you haven’t played in a while come check out what’s new in PlanetSide! Experience elevated battles and more competitive play! "
If you want more details you can find them, along with a faq, in this thread. Another thing to note is that if you want a deleted character restored, you have to request it prior to the merge. See here for details. I read the reaction thread and most players seem pretty happy about it. The ones who were not had the following issues:
1. What about Werner? (the remaining non-North American server)
2. It's a short term fix.
3. Fix stuff instead: hacking, TR MAX.
But again, most seem excited about the increased population. Any bets on how long Planetside can hang around for?