BioWare to shut down APAC servers for SW:TOR, merge into NA servers

Star Wars: The Old Republic

By 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)

37 comments (Leave your own)

This decision has the stink of EA all over it. Wouldn’t be the first time that EA has screwed Aussies over.

 

The uproar on the SWTOR forums is tremendous.

 

Do you blame them? How many are still actively playing and paying for the game in APAC compared to the NA servers? It reeks of cost saving measures which an business would undertake.

 

if this goes ahead I will quit the game is fun but with lag it will be another dumb game like wow where usa wins due to lag

 

the worst thing is if you don’t have an active sub you can’t post in the forums, imagine the calls for the merger of the APAC servers instead of the closure would be like if you could post their forums as a prefered status player. I’m currnetly unsub due to pay cycles and can’t express my outrage at this desision hence my submitting this as a story for GON. The servers have been bleeding players due to the fact that people wern’t willing to pay for a sub untill this had been resolved with the APAC servers merged into one server.

 

And thus what little interest I still had in this after the F2P debacle has all but evaporated.
This was one of my favourite MMO’s for the sole reason of being the first and only I had been able to play lag-free.

 

Well, this well and truly sinks any chance I might come back and sub to this game…

 

The uproar on the forums is actually so prolific (roughly 40 new pages today alone) that I won’t be surprised if they re-think their solution.

 

even just 1 server is better then none merge the aussie servers least we can play lag free.

 

ashigaru:
Do you blame them? How many are still actively playing and paying for the game in APAC compared to the NA servers? It reeks of cost saving measures which an business would undertake.

Pretty much this.

They know how much activity there is on the servers, they wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t a reasonable decision. That doesn’t mean they won’t change their mind, but it’s a pretty reasonable business decision. I’m surprised there was ever a high enough demand for an AU RP server.

It is a shame to see, I had loads of fun with this and the transfer to the local servers was incredible, the only time I’ve ever a played lag free MMO.

 

ooshp: Pretty much this.

They know how much activity there is on the servers, they wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t a reasonable decision. That doesn’t mean they won’t change their mind, but it’s a pretty reasonable business decision. I’m surprised there was ever a high enough demand for an AU RP server.

It is a shame to see, I had loads of fun with this and the transfer to the local servers was incredible, the only time I’ve ever a played lag free MMO.

The irony for me is I swapped over only to stop playing shortly after as I was getting a bit bored. Le sigh >_<

 
Anon. E. Moose

Just last week I decided to jump back into TOR for the first time in a few months to see how everything was fairing (with the strong intention of getting back into the game) and was quite suprised to see ~20 people in the Imperial hub during peak.
While this doesn’t come as surprising news, it’s definitely sad news and has destroyed all chance of me coming back.

A single APAC server would be nice but I don’t see that happening.

 

Meanwhile EA’s Australian Ultima Online shard turns 13 in a few weeks.

Amazing how that server has survived since a time when broadband was what a Ferrari is to the common folk…

It’s just bad business. They can use whatever excuse they like.

 

The whole SWTOR debacle has been bad business as was the DA2 one, the ME3 one etc…

I don’t see EA changing it’s tune any time soon unless a new CEO with balls and some gaming knowledge is found. That is less than likely in the corporate world…

 

dean478,

To be fair – the server requirements for a UO shard are laughable now. The ongoing costs would be miniscule and UO has always had a pretty hardcore following.

 

dean478:
Meanwhile EA’s Australian Ultima Online shard turns 13 in a few weeks.

Amazing how that server has survived since a time when broadband was what a Ferrari is to the common folk…

It’s just bad business. They can use whatever excuse they like.

You’re also talking about a server shard that in comparison to today’s requirements is like a VW beetle to the common person ;) You’d probably want to look into the economics of modern server maintenance, or the charges incurred if they’re renting the servers, before you make a comment like that.

 

ashigaru,

Doesn’t ignore the fact that they kept it running for 13 friggen years when most mmos these days can’t keep regional servers for more than a year.

I’m with Dean, poor management.

in 13 years from now the server requirements for SWTOR would be laughable.

 

thoroughmas:
The uproar on the SWTOR forums is tremendous.

Yeah both guys playing it are furious.

 

tayschrenn,

Man, I’m so glad you’re here. Where have you been?

 

kinkykel
ashigaru,

Doesn’t ignore the fact that they kept it running for 13 friggen years when most mmos these days can’t keep regional servers for more than a year.

I’m with Dean, poor management.

in 13 years from now the server requirements for SWTOR would be laughable.

Business models have changed and belts have tightened. Yes in 13 years the requirements will be laughable, however the games companies post the financial eff up of 2008 have become very tight. Sure it would be a lovely gesture for a small percentage of their player base. Is it necessary though? They still have the game being supported, just with NA servers unfortunately.

More importantly kinkykel and Dean478, are you or have you at any point played SWTOR? Not trying to be snarky, I’m just genuinely interested.

 
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