Stop us if you've heard this one before: Hugely anticipated MMO struggles to balance lengthy launch queues with long-term server and community stability. Yes, BioWare
is slogging down the same slippery supply and demand slope that many AAA MMOs have trod before, and a report at Eurogamer
suggests that the lines have only just begun.
There were 140 servers open for business this past weekend (a pre-launch period in which BioWare staggered waves of invites to legions of early release customers), and more are being added due to queue times approaching two hours. With Star Wars: The Old Republic's
actual launch day looming tomorrow, BioWare's Jeff Hickman
did his best to deflect criticism and soothe the impatient rumblings of disgruntled players.
"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," he said.