"No purge planned - the game is way too young to be thinking of removing old accounts, especially as a lot of those accounts have game data associated with them and we would like our players to be able to return to everything they left behind if they do leave."
Found this whole statement ironic considering I left for a while (whilst still maintaining a subscription I might add) and naturally had to change the name of some of my favourite characters. Unacceptable. Guess I won't be returning after all.
Edit: I just wanted to add that this was well after the servers were merged.