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Consolidated Post: APAC/Oceanic Server Concerns

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Consolidated Post: APAC/Oceanic Server Concerns
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PseudoScience's Avatar

03.25.2013 , 08:35 PM | #3431
What was the point of the whole APAC launch last March? You made the Oceanic community wait 3 months after the North Americans to get the game and set up our servers, just to shut them down now?


LadyDrusilla's Avatar

03.25.2013 , 08:36 PM | #3432
Worst possible solution as far as I'm concerned, I'm going to have to seriously review whether I stay subscribed. One of the huge draws for me was the very low latency I was experiencing, one fifth of what I get on a NA server.

Now that tehre is F2P I think it would have been preferable to at least offer Australians player transfers back to the Australian servers to try and get people to move back. It may not have worked but at least we would have had a shot at keeping our own servers.

Very, very disappointed.
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Elysiah's Avatar

03.25.2013 , 08:37 PM | #3433
Quote: Originally Posted by PPAlien View Post
So, not sure if this is allowed, but I did notice that as long as it is not for profit or abusive a certain other survey was allowed on these forums recently. So here is a PETITION TO KEEP THE LOCAL APAC SERVERS AND MERGE THEM INTO ONE.

Sign it if you agree and pass it on to your guildies/friends etc. At least we may get some idea of the numbers for this solution.


(On a similar note, how hard would it be for BW to include a survey in game upon everyones next log in where they just have to click their favourite option for server merges? Sounds pretty simple)

Oh wow. A petition? Because that's going to do anything lol. They wouldn't of posted that we're getting moved to the American servers unless they were certain of doing it.
A petition won't do anything but waste your time lol. They don't care what you all think about it and frankly I think it's childish the reaction you're all giving. Sure a merge would have been sweet but for such low populations in apac servers it wouldn't be worth the money keeping a server in Australia.
The ping increase won't be as bad as you're crying about and we get to play in servers that have people in it.
I'm glad they're sending my characters to servers where there won't be huge wait queues.
Good luck trying to make eaware care about a few list subs.

Kirjalax's Avatar

03.25.2013 , 08:38 PM | #3434
Quote: Originally Posted by vian View Post
Make a placeholder character for now, and then delete it when (or a few hours before) they do the transfers.
thanks vian

Saaz's Avatar

03.25.2013 , 08:44 PM | #3435
Ok, so we have an answer right.

As far as I remember, APAC Servers were originally created due to the gameplay experience being no good when trying to operate off NA servers from the Asia region. Bioware - you realised this at launch - what has happened since? Obviously there has been no technical improvements to the engine, so you know this decision will result in a sub-optimal gameplay experience.

Having played since EGA on American servers, the whole experience was awful. Indeed recently I was in the states trying to link back to Aussie servers and at 250 ping, the game engine really struggles under the pressure. PvP in the main is unplayable.

I really don't want to unsub. I love this game. I want to keep playing - so help me out here.

Are there any intended engine refinements that can be made to improve the gameplay experience or are we hamstrung at 250 ping in pvp? Are there any technical tips like getting a tunneller which would improve the gameplay experience?

Or better still - can you please reconsider this decision in light of an Aussie server merge - Dalborra works well at the moment and is likely to see a jump in subs with RoTHC. Add MDN and GD to Dalborra!!

LadyDrusilla's Avatar

03.25.2013 , 08:45 PM | #3436
Could we at least have name changes given on who made their character first? Because all my character names re taken on the destination server for my current server and I made them on day one of the APAC servers going up. I will not be impressed at having to rename all my characters just because I'm being forced to merge into a bloody American server.

I've subscribed since day one, I've defended SWTOR against the obscene hate campaign waged against it but this is just draconian and completely disheartening. I'd rather play on a low population APAC server than have this.
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aVmuse's Avatar

03.25.2013 , 08:45 PM | #3437
Quote: Originally Posted by jackdaley View Post
Thanks dude, these people are just need to get the sand out of their Vag and they'll be right.


Seriously that is the message im getting from these people haha
So we have to give up our latency which is a factor for online games, for a solution that doesn't benefit a majority of Dalborra a least. I bet you've never had to deal with being bull******* by lag, but then again you're probably a low latency privileged, yet stupid American who wouldn't understand what its like to play online games outside your own country.

Also it's not 1hr+ queues for pvp on Dalborra, but HURR DUURRRR IM AMERICAN I KNOW EVERYTHING.

And also I have played on American servers and the lag sucks.

Icykill_'s Avatar

03.25.2013 , 08:46 PM | #3438
Quote: Originally Posted by EricMusco View Post
Hey everyone,

the best solution, that will offer the best long term play experience, is to merge the APAC servers with higher populated North American servers.

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 DaríNala (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)
We will also need to update our server merge technology at which point we will ultimately merge each of the APAC servers into the corresponding North American servers as indicated above.

Is this going to increase Latency or "Lag" in the game? or are the current APAC servers already situated in America.
I know when the game was released, many Australians and NZ's played on the US servers and reported they had higher "Lag" in PVP when playing against American players.

EDIT - FOUND THE ANSWER and have reposted further on

vian's Avatar

03.25.2013 , 08:47 PM | #3439
Quote: Originally Posted by Antipodes View Post
BW, can you at least give priority for transferring character names over inactive accounts and F2P?

There really needs to be a name releasing policy going forward.
Now, how would you propose doing this? Seriously. How do you tell when an inactive account is dead, or when it's just dormant?

Suppose you have been inactive, but you're coming back for Makeb (or you only play some times, or you've been really busy, but you want to make time later, or whatever); should you automatically get kicked just because someone else also thought of your name? You both pay your subs, you've both invested (to whatever extent) in your characters. Someone has to lose out. I'm not saying that's fair; indeed, it's a major failing of not allowing non-unique names in the system (that, and the fact that there can only be one John in the galaxy ... ). But trying to fix it by arbitrating when an account can be deemed to have been abandoned is NOT going to help.

And it's even more problematic for F2P people who might be playing their little fingers to the bone on one of their two alts. Subscribers get 16 alts; you may have to change some names, but half? Or if you're really unlucky, All?
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Thornsbane's Avatar

03.25.2013 , 08:50 PM | #3440
I cant believe they actually chose what was clearly the last option that we all wanted.....

I actually dont think I will be able to continue playing on NA servers as I pvp a lot.