A guildie of mine has just come back from gamescom where she had a long conversation with Martin Kerstein, who very kindly agreed to answer some of my questions for us. These are her notes from the interview.
1. How will the guesting system work? will we need friends on the other server?
The reply was as per the blog, except a new peice of information
The guesting system will be delayed until the servers have settled down. The guesting system will then be enabled and server transfers will need to be paid for. Until the guesting system is activated server transfers will be free.
2. Why are there no dedicated or official English And Russian language servers, but there are French, German and Spanish?
This is to do with localised translations of the game. It was felt that if they gave other servers dedicated languages then other nationalities would demand localised translations also.
English is the default language on all other non localised servers.
3. Seeing as 3 multi language servers were removed from EU and replaced by specific language ones. How confident are you that the unofficial english speaking servers will have enough capacity?
They removed the servers to increase capacity for those languages. However, they have raised the cap on all other servers to compensate. They are confident they have enough capacity for launch, but will monitor in subsequent days and weeks to come.
4. What was the reason for not letting Guild Members on different servers make use of guild features like the Guild Bank and Emblems unless they re-learn them?
His opinion (but he wasnt a dev) was that this is because of WvW and the imbalance it could cause if powerful guilds influence buffs could give benefits to chapters of the same guild on another server. I.e give them an unearned boost in WvW.