SWTOR Server Take Merges

BioWare continued its concentration of players into ever fewer servers in both the

European and North American zones.

This process started in June where they tried to lure people across to the designated

destination servers with promises of vanity treats. Unsurprisingly, not everyone

nibbled at these virtual goodies and stubbornly stayed where they were. Last night

the forced evictions occurred and all the remaining holdouts got corralled into their

new, higher population residence. That wasnt surprising and we all knew it was

coming. What did raise a couple of eyebrows was that the number of destination

servers had actually shrunk. North America now only has eight, down from twelve in

the original merger strategy. European servers also lost two of their former

destination servers.
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Obviously this means that those unlucky enough to have had naming issues when they

moved to The Fatman, Corellian Run, Canderous Ordo or Droogas Pleasure Barge are now

faced with a further round of name conflicts as they settle in to their new, new

homes. Even more concerning, Bioware has only just started the High Population Server

testing, which suggests that further mergers may be in the near future. The other

possibility is that this infrastructure is for the move to F2P, but even if thats the

only reason its there it still doesnt rule out further consolidation or

redistribution of the existing player based, subbed or not.

One of the pluses to come with the mergers is an increase in character slots from

eight to twelve. Players in the EU and North America can now grow their in-game

family of alts if they choose, although thats not the reason for the increase in

space. For the most part its a basic solution to accomodate players who have more

than eight characters spread across multiple servers. Even if you have more than

twelve you will still be able to access them but wont be able to create new

characters until you reduce your count to below twelve.

It goes without saying (but I will anyway) that APAC players immediately noticed that

we havent seen the character slot increase, although Bioware have advised that they

intend for us to get them.

This begs the question what else will we get? Since the additional slots came as a

solution for one problem created with the server merger, something weve not

experienced, will the increase in slots come with our own three servers being folded

into one?

Obviously this means that those unlucky enough to have had naming issues when they

moved to The Fatman, Corellian Run, Canderous Ordo or Droogas Pleasure Barge are now

faced with a further round of name conflicts as they settle in to their new, new

homes. Even more concerning, Bioware has only just started the High Population Server

testing, which suggests that further mergers may be in the near future. The other

possibility is that this infrastructure is for the move to F2P, but even if thats the

only reason its there it still doesnt rule out further consolidation or

redistribution of the existing player based, subbed or not. 

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