Early next month, Star Wars: The Old Republic will reduce its number of servers from 17 to five. Merging servers is rarely seen as a good thing for an MMORPG, but you have to hand it to the team at BioWare for trying to put it in a positive light.
The “United Forces” update is, according to the blog post, about “making multiplayer the best it can be” and increase “ease of jumping into multiplayer activities.” In other words, SWTOR’s servers will be more populated now and it’ll be easier to find people to play with, which is the reason server merges happen in the first place.
The five new servers will include two North American servers (merging Harbinger, Bergeron Colony and Bastion into The Hot Prospect; and Jedi Covenant, Shadowlands, Ebon Hawk, Prophecy of the Five, and Jung Ma into Star Forge) and three in Europe: one each English (merging Progenitor, Tomb of Freedon Nadd, and Red Eclipse into Darth Malgus), French (merging Mantle of the Force, Battle Meditation, and Darth Nihilus into The Leviathan), and German (merging T3-M4, Vanjervalis Chain, and Jar’Kai Sword into Tulak Hord).
If you’re worried about your legacies — which are account-wide on a per server basis — the highest-level legacy on any set of merged servers will be the one that sticks around. All legacy unlocks and currencies will be combined. The server merges — er, United Forces update! — goes live on Nov. 8.