Star Wars The Old Republics Lead Game Producer, Keith Kanneg, announced in the Fall 2017 Road Map that there will Server Merges as part of their United Forces Update. Once the merges are complete there will be a total of five servers. Two US servers (both on the East Coast) and three EU (one for each language: English, German and French).
As part of the Server Merge process SWTOR has made a substantial investment in hardware, software, and network infrastructure to dramatically improve service and make the player experience awesome. Hopefully, this will help fix dsync and lag issues we see a lot in the game.
Here is a compilation of everything we know so far about the upcoming Server Merges. I’ll keep this updated as more information is revealed.
Why are they merging the Servers?
To enhance the multiplayer experience by making it easier to jump into multiplayer content.
“Once the United Forces update is live, any group activity you would want to participate in will have a much larger volume of players queueing at any time that you are looking to play, including Operations, Flashpoints, PvP Warzones, Uprisings, and Galactic Starfighter battles. Communities of players, such as role-players, will have more like-minded players to join and play alongside. Plus, server-wide activities, such as Conquests, will have more fierce competition than ever before.”
When are the Server Merges happening?
The Server Merge will happen on Wednesday, November 8th, 1:00AM – 1:00PM PST (Note that this maintenance will likely take at least 12 hours. Monitor social media for updates on maintenance timing).
How they are Merging the Servers and New Server Names
|Existing Servers||New United Forces Server|
|Satele Shan (formerly 'The Hot Prospect') (North America - West Coast*)|
|Star Forge (North America - East Coast)|
|Darth Malgus (Europe – English)|
|The Leviathan (Europe – French)|
|Tulak Hord (Europe – German)|
*The West Coast Datacentre got closed down and moved to the East Coast Datacentre in Virgina as part of the October 24th Maintenance. There are no longer any West Coast Servers. Only two East Coast Servers.
After the update, it is possible that a player could have more characters than they have slots currently. For subscribers, they will still be able to play all of their characters (even if they go over their slots) but they can’t make any new characters. We wanted to do our best to alleviate some of the issues for not only subscribers but F2P and preferred status players as well. Here is what you can expect to see changed on November 8 alongside United Forces:
- F2P players will have a default of 4 characters per server (up from 2)
- Preferred players will have a default of 12 characters per server(up from 6)
- Subscribers will have a default of 24 characters per server (up from 12)
- The maximum character slots per server has been increased to 100 (up from 52)
These new slot numbers are separate from any character slots which you have purchased. For subs, we are basically adding 12 character slots per server to your account (by making the new default 24 instead of 12). Ex:
- Today, you are a subscriber who has never bought any character slots, you have 12 character slots per server. After the update on Wednesday the 8th November, you will have 24 slots per server.
- Today, you are a subscriber who has purchased 30 additional character slots, meaning you have 42 per server (12 default + 30 purchased). After the update, you will have 54 (24 new default + 30 purchased slots)
For Free-to-Play accounts, this process will work a little differently. Following the United Forces update, if your account has characters beyond the Free-to-Play limit of 4, then all your characters will be set to ‘deactivated’. This allows you to log in and choose which characters you would like to activate and play.
Names will only be impacted when there are two of the exact same name on the new United Forces server at which point a governing system determines which character has priority:
- Premium players (Subscribers) will have priority over Free-to-Play and Preferred Status players.
- Highly played characters will have priority over characters with less play time.
To proactively offset unnecessary challenges around character names, we are initiating a process of removing names from long inactive accounts. Any character that has not logged in for 90-days or more which has not progressed beyond level 10 will be flagged to rename their character.
- Friends List – Friends names will be automatically updated if they’re changed.
- Ignore List – Even if someone on your ignore list has changed their name, they will still be unable to contact you.
- GTN Listings – Listings will remain intact so no need to take them down before the merge you’ll just see a lot more.
- Mailbox – The contents of your mailbox will not be affected. All mail that was present in your mailbox will be there following the update.
- Appearance Designer ‘Stamped’ Appearances – Your stamped appearances will not be affected. All of your appearances will remain in place following the update.
Legacy Name and Level
Since Legacy names are not unique, you will not lose a Legacy name as part of this process. However, if you have two Legacies which are brought together, the name and level of the highest level Legacy will be maintained.
Ex: You have the Level 10 “Skywalker” Legacy on The Bastion and the Level 40 “Organa” Legacy on The Harbinger; these will combine into the Organa Legacy at Level 40.
Any Legacy-wide currencies, such as Command Tokens, are not affected. If you have more than one Legacy, we will combine these currencies together in your new Legacy. If this combination would push you over the cap, we will still grant you the currency. However, you will be unable to earn any more of that specific currency until you fall below the cap.
Legacy bank contents are not affected by the United Forces update. If you have more than one Legacy and they are integrated during the new United Forces update, then the sum total of the two banks will be added together. If this integration fills your Legacy bank slots, the extra items will go into a special storage called ‘Legacy Overflow’. This overflow will hold your extra items until you make space to withdraw them–you cannot place items into this overflow.
Achievements and In-Progress Achievements
All completed Achievements will remain intact. If your Achievements are integrated during the United Forces update, the completed Achievements from both Legacies will be combined.
If you have an Achievement in progress, this will be unaffected by the update. If there are two Legacies which are being combined and they have the same Achievement in progress, the one with the higher progress will be retained.
Strongholds and Decorations
Active Strongholds will be unaffected by the United Forces update. If you have Strongholds from more than one Legacy coming together, both will be added to your list. If you have more than one of a specific Stronghold (such as multiple Coruscant Apartments), they will both be retained and accessible. If the combination of the two Strongholds takes you above the cap of ten (the Cap is being increased in Game Update 5.5) they will all be retained. However, you cannot activate new Strongholds until you return to a number below the cap.
Decorations are not impacted by the United Forces update. If you have more than one Legacy which is combined as part of the update, you will have access to each decoration equal to the highest decoration among your Legacies. Ex: On the “Skywalker” Legacy you have 4 Basic Metal Chairs, on the Organa Legacy you have 15 Basic Metal Chairs. After the update, you will have a combined Legacy with 15 Basic Metal Chairs. It is possible that you may end up with more decorations placed than you own after the update. If this happens, you cannot place any more of that decoration until you go below your owned value.
Reputation – If you have more than one Legacy which is brought together because of the update, the highest reputation between your Legacies is the value that will be retained.
Family Tree – All Family Trees will be reset during the United Forces update. After the update, you will have the ability to reassign affiliations freely.
Cartel Item Stash
The Cartel Market Item Stash’s current cap of 500 items will remain in place. If the United Forces update will cause there to be more than 500 items in your stash, those items can be found in your item stash. However, you will be unable to add any items to your stash until you go under the 500 item cap.
Guilds and Guild Names
There is no impact to Guild Banks, Strongholds, Flagships or other similar items because of the United Forces update. If your Guild name overlaps with another Guild name; each will have the name of the original server appended to the original Guild name.
Ex: Your Guild “The Jedi Order” from the server The Bastion collides with, “The Jedi Order” from The Harbinger; the Guild names will now appear as:
- The Jedi Order – The Bastion
- The Jedi Order – The Harbinger
Post-update, if either Guild goes inactive, disbands, or is renamed, the other Guild’s name will return to its original form – “The Jedi Order.”
To ensure a clean transition of Guild battles via Conquests, we will be running the “Time of Peace” Conquest from October 24th – November 13th. Conquests will resume normally on November 14th.
PvP Ranked Season 9 and the Leaderboards
PvP Ranked Season 9 will continue as planned. You retain the rank you had prior to the United Forces update. Immediately following the update, the initial Season 9 Leaderboard will appear blank. The Leaderboard will automatically update after you play your first ranked PvP match and you will once again see your name appear on the Leaderboard.