"I understand your concern for the main server, but the code is way too buggy and the problems with loss of items from crashes must end. This new code is 100% stable and prevents the chance of rollback. I know it is probably a painful downtime, but please understand I need everyone's cooperation to find any bugs now before loading this code to the main server. Once I am sure there won't be any major hangups, the main server will be re-launched using the new code. We may do some house-warming events such as a grand lottery as well to compensate everyone who has missed their old characters."
Hope this clears up most of your questions, feel free to ask anything or report any bugs at any stage.