A couple months ago, there was speculation of BioWare moving towards a mega server infrastructure. With hints every step of the way, it looked like this was all but guaranteed. Fast forward to today, BioWare announces server tech testing for that very thing.
Quote from BioWare
In order to provide a better overall gameplay experience we’re getting ready to introduce new high population server tech that will allow us to significantly increase current server populations. Once we introduce new high population server tech, any characters remaining on an origin server will be moved to a high population destination server.
The first step in this process is opening up a new, temporary Public Test Server for testing. In order for us to successfully test this new tech, we need your help. To facilitate your participation we have copied all characters from our East Coast servers to this temporary Public Test Server. If you have any characters on an East Coast server, you can now log in to this special Public Test Server, find your copied characters, and begin testing this important feature today, September 13th.
Please help us test this by posting any bugs or strange issues that you may experience on our Public Test Server Forum. If you are already testing the Game Update 1.4 content on our normal Public Test Server, please do not worry: your characters will remain unaffected. All players will need to follow the instructions below in order to test the high population server tech.
- Log in to the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ launcher using your username and password.
- Click “Play” to launch the game.
- Click the Server Selection button in the bottom left corner of the character creation screen.
- Select the following server: “High Population Server Test”
- Click Select.
- Review your characters for any issues and click “Play”.
For the post in full, head over to the official site.
Update: Joveth responds about the new 12 character slot limit.
Quote from Joveth Gonzalez
Quote: Originally Posted by Felli
I have 18 of 12 allowed characters. Will six of my characters be deleted or something? I'm a bit concerned....
None of your characters will be deleted. You will be able to use all of them when we merge characters from origin servers onto current destination servers (with new high population tech). However, in order to create a new character, you will have to free up one of your character slots.
Your guess is as good as ours if that 12 character slot limit is permanent.