One of the most fascinating and frustrating issues we’ve followed here over the past three plus years is the issue of local servers for Star Wars: The Old Republic. More widely it’s an issue of how local players perceive they’ve been treated.
In the months leading to launch there was the controversial issue of launch territories (North America and part of Europe only), then to regular lobbying for local servers (which went live in February this year), the wait to be able to transfer current characters to the oceanic servers and finally the issue of declining populations on the three servers.
It’s the last issue that’s obviously dominating at the moment, with a significant thread running on the official forums. Over the past month or so, BioWare have alluded to the fact they’re looking at the issue, but no announcement has been made.
The latest, brief, non-informative word comes from Joveth Gonzalez:
Unfortunately, I have no new information at this time. In my last post, I did say that I would update this thread when I had new information but I currently do not.
With that being said, I will make sure to update this thread as soon as I have more information.
As a reminder, please remember to follow forum guidelines within this thread.
I’ve thought server merges have been on the cards for a couple of months and like a number of people I’ll be far from surprised if the local servers are closed altogether. Aside from any challenges the game faces more broadly, the absolute lack of local promotion of the game has made the server issue a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I’d love to hear your thoughts: would the removal of Australian SWTOR servers be an absolute deal-breaker for you?