SWTOR’s in-game universe is intentionally vast. This vastness adds to the whole Star Wars experience, but it also leaves players a little out in the cold when paired with low server populations. Riding through the open, empty snowfields of Hoth seems desolate enough, but add in a quest session complete with two other Hoth players total, low chances of completing Heroic 4+ quests, and little chance of even seeing those two players… an empty, desolate planet becomes almost painful. No world– even Hoth– should be that empty in an MMO.
One of the most hotly-debated topics on the SWTOR official forums is the issue of server population, and what exactly should be done about it. It’s no secret that while most servers started out with queues, a large portion of those servers is now struggling to stay above the “light” population range. Both sides, Republic and Empire, feel the effects of low population numbers, and for months, the only advice most players have been given is one word– reroll. Rerolling on a new server isn’t necessarily a challenge, but it isn’t a real solution. We deserve better.