Photo-Receptor Focus on: TOR Server Mergers
In last week’s column I posted my Top 10 Wish List. Sitting at #1 was my wish to see Bioware merge servers. I feel this is reaching critical proportions and they need to address this issue before they address anything else. And sooner rather than later. Sooner as in right away.
More after the jump…
Playing on low population servers is even worse than playing on servers where you have an hour wait in queue. At least you know when you finally get in that there will be other people there.
I’ve heard recently that the problem is not just population, but that faction balance – or rather imbalance – is a major contributing factor. I’d certainly be willing to concede that point.
First, let’s look at the low population issue. I’m not sure if my server qualifies as low population, but it feels like it. There just aren’t enough people running around sharing their accomplishments, showing off their gear and mounts and pets. There’s very little feeling of “OMG, where did you get that?” Even those few times I’ve heard that comment or even made it myself, I’m not running out to immediately find, farm or buy whatever it is.
I’m not feeling that drive to add stuff to my collection. I think part of that is the lack of exciting gear, mounts, pets, but part of that is also not having enough other people to share the accomplishment. Keep in mind I’m in a very large guild and I still feel there are times when I’m alone. Alone is not good in an MMO. In fact it’s scary.
The most people I’ve seen recently were when the Rakghoul event was going on. Now that’s over, we seem to be back to a big, echoing fleet. I miss seeing the tons of people that I used to see at all hours of the day and night. And it’s worse on the Republic fleet.
It’s not just the fleets either. The planets don’t seem to have many people on them, especially the poor Republic side.
That brings us to the second contributing factor – the ratio of Empire to Republic. On our server, the Republic presence is extremely low, which makes leveling characters on that side pretty lonely. I didn’t try for long, but I did give it a go.
I’m willing to bet our server is not the only one experiencing this imbalance, either. But are there enough heavy Republic servers to merge with the heavy Empire servers?
I’ve heard several opinions recently that the number of Empire players far exceeds that of the Republic players. There’s no hard data from Bioware that I know of, other than the percentages released at the guild summit regarding class breakdowns. Well, we pretty much figured out that Inquisitors were the faves and Smugglers were not.
If the Empire really does far exceed the Republic, what can Bioware do to fix that? Some feel that the problem stems from the storylines on the Republic side. I don’t know about that since I haven’t rushed out to level any Republic characters. In fact, my highest is around Level 10.
I’d like to hear from those of you who play Republic, who have also played Empire. Are the storylines less engaging on the Republic side? If that’s not the issue, what do you think is the reason for the faction imbalance? And what can be done to fix the situation?
I’m no expert, so I certainly don’t pretend to know what can be done. However, I do know that something needs to happen. Too many of my friends are defecting to other games and I’d really like to see Bioware do something to entice them back. Legacy didn’t accomplish that. I’m hoping that server mergers will bring the player numbers back up to feeling like an MMO again. That won’t bring my friends back, but it might stop more from leaving.
That’s my two credits this week. What’s yours?