There's more detail on which servers have been merged into what, and what the process entails, on the SWTOR website.This week's scheduled maintenance ran on a bit, but has now ended and servers are available again to play on.Developed over the course of more than five years by Bio Ware Austin and Lucas Arts at a cost of over 0 million, Star Wars: The Old Republic was first conceived in 2005 as an MMORPG follow-up to Bio Ware's previous video games, the popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and the game was first announced on October 21, 2008.The game itself was released to the public on December 20, 2011, and The Old Republic is accompanied by an expansive metaseries of Star Wars multimedia, including a four-book novel series, three comic series (Threat of Peace, Blood of the Empire, and The Lost Suns), and a number of short stories, as well as additional content.Star Wars: The Old Republic succeeded Sony's Star Wars Galaxies as the main Star Wars MMORPG, and Galaxies went permanently offline shortly before The Old Republic was released in December 2011.Set over three hundred years after the events of the Knights of the Old Republic games, The Old Republic features seventeen fully explorable planets, eight unique classes divided into the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire factions, and over 1,600 hours of story in addition to over a dozen group Flashpoints and Operations, and it is the first MMORPG to feature full-scale voice acting.Earlier this summer we launched the Free Character Transfer Program which offered players the option to transfer their characters from specific origin servers to selected higher population destination servers.Following the success of the Free Character Transfer Program, and after closely monitoring server populations, we have now taken the next step in our on-going server population balancing process.
However, on a massive scale, this free-for-all approach causes potential problems.
Bio Ware Edmonton and Montreal general manager Aaryn Flyn stressed that all was well at the renowned RPG house.
In his post addressing the future, he revealed that Bio Ware was working on a new IP for next-generation machines.
However, we know that a Group Finder can only work when there is a large pool of players to draw from on a server.
That's why the new Character Transfer Service is important: it will improve the overall player experience by facilitating maximized server populations across the service.
There are now fewer worlds to inhabit, but they support "a significantly higher number of players".