BioWare has been giving players who pre-ordered their highly-anticipated MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic early access to the game for the past week. Even with the large amount of players who won't begin playing SWTOR tomorrow, the servers have definitely felt the strain from the overwhelming popularity of the game.
The team at BioWare isn't taking this lightly however, and has issued a statement on the official SWTOR forums. Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer at BioWare said:
We know there have been questions about the queues on the servers, so we wanted to take a moment to give you some insight.
In order to ensure that the service would be smooth and stable, we staged how we brought people into the Early Game Access program, adding people in waves. As you know, there are a lot of folks who want to play the game right now and we want to make sure they have lots of people to play with. Balancing this with figuring out when to bring new servers online to help alleviate the size of the queues is part art and part science. On one hand, you do not want people to wait too long – on the other hand, you want to make sure that people have a dynamic, engaging community to play with for long after launch. Either way, we have one clear objective – to make sure folks have fun.
While we can’t promise that there won’t ever be queues, we can promise you that we are taking this matter seriously and constantly reviewing them to make sure that they are manageable and reasonable.