Apr 292012

SWTOR Server TransfersFans finally get an anticipated date for SWTOR server transfers.

In the latest question-and-answer session with the Star Wars: The Old Republic community, BioWare promised some big additions to the MMORPG. For starters, they plan to roll out SWTOR server transfers in a few months.

“We will be rolling out our Character Transfer Service in early summer,” said Dallas Dickinson, senior producer of live services. “First we’ll have some targeted free transfers from/to specific servers, but that will be followed with a broader system where you can either take advantage of free promotional transfers to specific servers or paid transfers to the server of your choice. We know everyone has more questions about character transfer, and we’ll reveal more details closer to the launch date.”

The population of any MMO inevitably gets out of balance after a launch.  There is always a surge of people who join up for the first month or two to try the game out, and then leave.  Free SWTOR server transfers will be one way that BioWare tries to fix this problem. They’ll most likely allow players on the most crowded servers to transfer to the lower population servers for no charge. If nothing else, it will help off-set the reverse traffic: the players on ghost town servers paying to move their characters to more active and populated servers.

I’m wondering how transfers will interact with the Legacy system. The Legacy system is a way for players to tie all of their characters on a single server together. By earning experience on any of these characters, you unlock new perks for all of them. Will you have to transfer your entire Legacy “family”? If you’re only transferring one character, will that affect the Legacy level of the other characters left behind?

My guess is that Legacies are going to remain server-bound.

It would be nearly impossible to have players in the same Legacy be on different planets.  What if the Legacy name you have on one planet is not available on the other?  Legacy names would become impossible to find cross-server.  So I think that if you have a Legacy on two different servers, then if you transfer a character between those servers, he/she will switch legacies.  Nothing else makes any sense.  The REAL question is going to be what if you have unlocked a species through your legacy and then go to transfer that character?  Do you get to keep that species?  Guess we have to wait and find out.  But you know either way people are going to complain!

For more information on SWTOR Server Transfers click here.

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