They are necessary… but badly handled…
Look, I’m the first one to acknowledge that the current situation was untenable for Bioware. Servers were dying, players were left stranded and things could have spiraled quickly out of control. Servers tranfers/mergers are a necessity if they want to provide a fun environment for the remaining players.
But yet again… Bioware is doing a kick ass job of messing things up. First of all, the transfers are not mandatory when they should be. Why? Because the servers that people are transferring from will be even more empty after the change. So for any player playing occasionally and not following the news actively, it’s entirely possible that they miss the mass exodus and log back in later to find out that everyone is gone. On top of that, by the time they log back in the free transfer period might actually be over…
Picture this, you log back in after a few weeks because you were out-of-town. You didn’t follow the game news and log back in to find out there’s no one left on your server. Then, you realize that in order to transfer you will have to pay money… how would you feel? I can tell you right away that some people feelings might involve simply quitting the game. The transfers need to be mandatory!
Not only that but they should actually do mergers. Right now, guilds and players on transferring servers have to deal with the hassle of a transfer. You have to transfer all your characters one by one, the guild bank has to emptied and the content transferred to characters. Then, you have to recreate the guild, ask a gm to give you back your bank tabs, transfer everything…. It’s a pain in the ass to manage.
So why not simply merge the servers and save everyone a lot of trouble? No problems with people left behind, no hassle with the transfers… saves everyone a lot of trouble right?
I honestly don’t get how Bioware operates. I remember communications at launch to be a mess, they failed to communicate properly with the issues on Illum, a lot of performance bugs are still not addressed and now this. Common Bioware, I really love your game and I see a lot of potential but why do you keep doing these things?! It’s like you want to fail sometime… stop antagonizing the remaining players you have please!