Well, there goes THAT selling point.
By Tim Colwill on March 26, 2013 at 11:31 am
Sad news today for the Asia-Pacific Star Wars: The Old Republic community as BioWare announces their decision to shut down the APAC servers due to low player populations, and to merge the playerbase into the North American ones.
“We have evaluated all of the options and determined that the best solution, that will offer the best long term play experience, is to merge the APAC servers with higher populated North American servers,” reads the post by Eric Musco on the official forums. “Getting to the point of being able to merge the servers is going to be a multistep process. First off we need to update our Free Character Transfer System to include the game changes that we have made recently along with the upcoming changes in Game Update 2.0 and the Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel.”
“We will then offer Free Character Transfers to anyone currently playing on an APAC server to a North American server of the same gameplay type, specifically: Mastar Dar’Nala (PvP) will transfer to The Bastion (PvP). Gav Daragon (RP-PvE) will transfer to Begeren Colony (RP-PvE). Dalborra (PvE) will transfer to The Harbinger (PvE).”
This announcement comes only days after BioWare’s executive producer Jeff Hickman described their new super-servers as “teeming with people” and announcing the creation of two million new accounts.
Musco explains that BioWare decided against merging the players into one single APAC super-server, saying that not only would this force players to change their play style and doesn’t serve the longer-term goals of the company. A quick browse through the thread seems to show that the majority of players are unconcerned about the play style issue and just want to be able to play with low ping, but it remains to be seen whether BioWare will change their mind.
Source: SWTOR Forums (thanks Simon)