But… will you actually find out how well the idea can work and how people respond to it, if what you initially release (with a big update that will bring lots of players who will experience and form opinions on the new system, no less) will be an uncomplete version that, while potentially being good as an overall concept, doesn’t necessarily have to work that well?
It will add an extra step to join gameworlds from a plaza (and a rather complicated one at that- if you form a group in one of the plazas and decide to use the port to join a gameworld- perhaps because you want to hold a vote on the map, or you want the game to select a host, or you just don’t want to bother with manually setting up a server and getting everyone to join- you’ll have to regroup on the new server and purposefully avoid anyone that could potentially join and mess up your group’s ping, take up someone’s spot, etc), with said extra step also being the most apparent and noticeable way to start gameworlds from the menu. That wouldn’t have to be that much of a problem and I see what upsides it could have, but players using the single server (likely newer players who don’t even know how it works and use it because its button is such a prominent part of the menu) will also have harder time looking for people from their region to play games with and be at risk of someone from the central server’s region joining, becoming the host and messing up the entire group’s ping.
The thing is, creating and joining servers directly from the server browser is going to be much better thanks to global chat, there’s no doubt about that. And I get what upsides this system could eventually have (not having to load the entire plaza to get to the ports, having a single central area dedicated to grouping up for gameworlds) and how improvements to it, such as different regional servers, or some new, cheaper system to sort, match with, search for, or join up with players (hey, even the good old party system could help) could really help migitate its problems, but I think its initial version will have a lot of issues that will affect people’s opinions of it and I’m not sure if it’s worth removing the port from every plaza, like… overall. Then again, I get and agree that some experimenting and testing is often required to find the right way to do something and that it might be the case when it comes to this as well.