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Free Character Transfers Now Available On Select Servers

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Free Character Transfers Now Available On Select Servers
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Pancakee's Avatar

06.12.2012 , 08:29 AM | #101
initially we considered allowing players to transfer to any server they wished, or to a variety of different servers. However, on a massive scale, this free-for-all approach causes potential problems. Players who are anxious to ensure they end up on a heavily populated server will naturally flock to what is perceived as the 'biggest' server, potentially over-populating that server. This eventually leads to the exact situation we're trying to move away from. Our aim is to maximize server population across the entire service and to enhance the gameplay experience for our players.

Therefore, we made the decision to strictly limit the initial phase of the character transfer service to only allow transfers from selected groups of origin servers (where you're moving a character from) to selected individual destination servers (where you choose to move a character to) based on the player populations of the origin and destination servers. In some cases, a large number of origin servers will be eligible to move to a single destination server. In others, very few origin servers will be transferring to existing high population destination servers. Remember, the goal here is to push almost every destination server to an active population that's higher.

This process will be gradual and staged over time. Despite huge improvements being made to the character transfer service by our server team, there are millions of characters to be moved and there is a limit to how many can be moved daily. We want your character to be transferred as quickly as possible, but we will need you to be patient as the process completes. Once your transfer starts we estimate it will complete in a few hours, but with the potential volume of transfers occurring, you may find your character is queued for transfer for a while as we deal with the high volume.
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06.12.2012 , 08:31 AM | #102
Quote: Originally Posted by Planar View Post
so do you wanna play you character for 3 days and see if your server shows up OR better yet you end up a destination server OR have your character in limbo for 3 days?
Its irrelevant, there is no one on my server, he's been in limbo for 2 months.

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06.12.2012 , 08:31 AM | #103
Quote: Originally Posted by buckman View Post
I'm done with this conversation. Keep trolling somewhere else.
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06.12.2012 , 08:32 AM | #104
I'm still giving BW the benefit of the doubt that they are doing this correctly and will offer more servers sooner rather than later (ie hours and days, not weeks) as I am on a server (Kinrath Spider) that typically has single digit populations on the fleet (rep and imp).

Where they have let us down is in the expectations set. They should have given us a better idea on how they would implement this so thousands of people didn't log on this morning FULLY expecting to be able to xfer. I know I would have been fine today if last week they had said "We will initially open up a very few select servers to xfer to specific servers (could be as few as 4 NA / 6 Europe). Over the following days we will continue to add servers to this list...." ect...

I'm not giving up on this game as it truly is extremely fun, but I am disappointed in BW's expectation management and sincerely hope they'll learn from this as so many subscriptions were hanging by a thread prior to this latest 'slip'.
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06.12.2012 , 08:33 AM | #105
Seems like a good moment to lobby for Destination status for Dreshdae Cantina as we were not included in this initial wave of trasnfers. No QQ here, I'm being patient.- BW give those of us on DC a cookie for playing nice in the sandbox!
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06.12.2012 , 08:34 AM | #106
Quote: Originally Posted by BenPaisley View Post
How are you guys interpreting this as a let down? I was surprised not to hear more from BW about the xfers earlier this week, and yes the lack of knowledge was annoying. But these guys are doing exactly what they said. transfers START today. All you nerd rage-aholics were complaining 45 minutes after they rolled this out.

Need I remind you that this is a MASSIVE multi-player online game? despite popular belief there are more than 45 people playing this game. BW has to move hundreds of thousands of accounts and if they did it all at once you would still be waiting forever, it would just be a bigger shiz show than it already is. so cool your jets and give it a day or two.

I am so tired of the forum people not having a mode between satisfied and on the brink of murder/suicide. Can't you be mildly annoyed, or somewhat dissapointed without declaring the end of the goddam world?
If you play on Naddist Rebels. I played a few days during peek at 50. The que's for wz's where absurd. So it feels like there are 16-20 players on that server. Cause its the same 50's. Everyday. holding out. Waiting. So I am pushing on their behalf to get a good home, because they are all pretty cool. Good PvPers who deserve a server that literally in 3 days of queueing at peak with them had 1 imperial match.
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06.12.2012 , 08:34 AM | #107
I think it would be nice if BW gave us at least a general sense of what their target timeline for this is. They can leave themselves plenty of wiggle room. If they told us "we are aiming for 3 to 7 days, or 3 to 7 weeks, or 3 to 7 months" to complete the roll out of the transfers we'd at least have a clue on what to expect.

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06.12.2012 , 08:35 AM | #108
Quote: Originally Posted by AntTHFD View Post
Seems like a good moment to lobby for Destination status for Dreshdae Cantina as we were not included in this initial wave of trasnfers. No QQ here, I'm being patient.- BW give those of us on DC a cookie for playing nice in the sandbox!
Every server is like yours, asking for them to open your particular server for transfers accomplishes nothing.
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06.12.2012 , 08:35 AM | #109
Quote: Originally Posted by Urael View Post
IS this game that dead that we are going to become like WAR?

Are we really going down to one or two of each type of server in NA?

Is this game THAT dead? EA the MMO killer.
it's hard to say YES, it really is, simply because of the sheer volume of servers.
The sheer volume of servers they have out there now could support 400k concurrent connections.
That would imply there was about 4 mil people subbed.

Bioware expanded servers way, way too fast. The problem's always the release, the one month where everyone wants to play at once. This issue happens with EVERY MMO that ever releases. IN one sense, Bioware should have predicted this ahead of time - they failed on this.

This game, if it has 100k concurrent logging in during primetime, honestly needed 40 servers total. Not 200.

Even if we assume this game had more then 2 million active subs early on, that still amounts to about 80 servers worldwide.
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Numerii's Avatar

06.12.2012 , 08:36 AM | #110
That's cool bro. I can't play til I can transfer my character, so BW can't get paid by me until that happens. It's all good. Cya some time this summer, right?