Star Wars: The Old Republic moves its servers to a location far, far away (from the west coast)

Ahead of the game’s large-scale server merge, the Star Wars: The Old Republic servers have had their physical locations merged into one. It turns out all of the game’s servers were moved to a location on the east coast after the game’s most recent maintenance, albeit without any prior notification to players. This has some players (particularly those on the west coast) a bit miffed, seeing as how this will immediately affect ping, latency, and how far you have to drive to manually wipe characters off of your server in a fit of rage.

The good news is that the developers are aware that this change will affect performance and are hoping to be able to smooth things out over the next two weeks. That’s when the server consolidation is taking place, so that’s all the more reason to hope that all of the kinks are worked out by then. Hopefully your ping rate hasn’t significantly worsened with the move!

Source: Official Site; thanks to Jnaathra for the tip!
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Lol, that is hilarious. I am in India, have never played any MMO with a ping of less than 200ms (it is usually around 300ms), and people are whining about a server move to a different coast on the same continent.

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Purewitz

I know your pain. I’m from the East Coast of the United States and back in the days before there where many free to play games in North America. I used to try to play English versions of MMOs from South Korea and Malaysia. I remember the ping being like you said, around 200 to 300 ms.

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zeko_rena

Oh for fuck sake, the ping to West Coast was just tolerable in NZ, East Coast always has terrible pings, may be the final nail in the coffin for me, will have to see how the pings look.

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zeko_rena

Got home logged in, ping has gone from 140ms – 160ms prior and is now 280ms – 400ms
Yep think that may be it for SWTOR for me and everyone else in the Oceanic region.

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Jack Pipsam

SWTOR + Oceania = Tragedy.

EA screwed the pooch hard.

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zeko_rena

Yeah and what confuses me is I can’t understand the thought behind the move.
Do they have a large player base in Africa?

That could be the only reason I could see for moving everything to the East Coast.

West Coast you have Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, some small islands like Fiji which I doubt anyone connects from though.

It must just be much cheaper to have your servers on the East Coast, as it is EA that would make sense they are such cheap assholes.

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zeko_rena

Hah, I was going to post in the forums my results of the server move in terms of ping can’t do that need to be a sub

So I was going to go through support, your options are call them or create a support ticket need to be a sub to create a support ticket

I forgot how much a pack of c***s EA are, uninstall this crap when I get home, really need to force myself to keep up my no EA products.

Have done well really only Mass Effect Andromeda and some sub for SWTOR in the past five years.

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Jack Pipsam

Yeah if you want to communicate you need to be throwing dosh at them every month (even though all they’ve done recently is move a server to a terrible place for ANZ players).

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Armsman

SWTOR + Oceania = Tragedy.

EA screwed the Ewok hard.

^^^
FTFY ;)

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Sray

My reaction.

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Purewitz

You’re one to talk, Jar Jar. You were the deciding vote for converting from a republic to an empire. Boss Nass should executed you, instead of exiling you.

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J

This was a planned dick move on their part. A cost cutting measure that does a large portion of their player base a disservice. A change like this was known weeks if not months in advance. Physically moving the servers location will forever impact west coast and oceanic players. This will negatively impact all aspects of game. Putting these players at a disadvantage in both PVE and PVP content.

The developers being aware of the issue and then saying they are “looking to smooth things over” is smoke and mirrors. Without bringing the west coast data center back online, these players will forever suffer from degraded ping. The developers can not click their heels together and make your ping better. They can not overcome distance or lower the number of hops you connect has to make.

I am an east coast player. This puts such a bad taste in my mouth that I will be cutting my subscription after the servers are consolidated in November. Just holding on it long enough to make sure I keep my character name.

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birini

Remember when this was the WoW killer? Then I got to Tatooine.

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Jack Pipsam

Heh, so things would go from bad to worse for me.
Thanks EA, ever loving I see.

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Humble DG

There’s this place, called the middle of the country, which has data centers in it, and really good network connection hubs, that really would work better. Or perhaps have more than one data center? Insanity. Who would have thought?

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J

That would have been better, but still not ideal. The oceanic players are going to suffer no matter what. Since they no longer have a server to call their own. They were all connecting to the west coast. This will push their ping time into an unbearable range and they will have no choice but to quit.

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zeko_rena

I would still take the center rather than the East Coast thought haha!

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Alex Js.

I’m surprised they haven’t closed it already… Yes, it’s a “Star Wars” – type of game so it makes sense to keep it alive considering the ever-lasting popularity for this universe, however the game just feels “old”, both from performance and visual point of view. They should just close it and do a complete rework using modern engine (not sure if Frostbite can be utilized but from what I’ve seen from previous Battlefield games I believe it can, and if it can – they can re-use many existing assets from Battlefront games), or just forget about MMORPG genre completely and keep pumping out “Battlefront” games every couple of years.

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Jack Pipsam

If they’re talking about doing another expansion then clearly the revenue is there to justify it, I mean plenty of people still do play it, SWToR has a community all to itself away from most MMOs from what I gathered.

That said, they should also do a third KotOR game.

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Hirku

I expect there’s going to always be a fresh burst of new players and revenue when a Star Wars movie comes out. That’s how I got roped in after seeing The Force Awakens.

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Jack Pipsam

True.
I will be curious if Star Wars starts to burn out on people with this one film per year plan of Disneys.

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Knox Harrington

As someone on the East Coast, I would have enjoyed finally having a lower ping with this game, but they’re not cranking out enough content to justify returning anyway so it’s whatever. If you’re still playing this train wreck for some reason and you now have high ping, welcome to my first three years with this game. I know your pain.

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jay

Awww I really feel so bad for all of you west coast players. You now have to deal with the ping I’ve dealt with for years =P