From the official AO Forums:
"As promised last week, this week see the start of us releasing some more information and images from Lost Eden, each week we will be answering some questions on the expansion!
Lost Eden Q&A #1 The basics of the expansion explained, how does it all fit together?
Want to ask a question?
If you would like to submit a question to the team to be featured in future updates drop us a line to email@example.com with the email subject as “Lost Eden Q&A Submission” and you never know, you might find an answer to your question in the next update!
Craig 'Silirrion' Morrison
Community Manager - Anarchy Online"
It's official "We will be giving all players a window to do a complete IP reset around the time of the expansions launch.", check the FAQ for more details.