Next Server Consolidation Step out, brings a potential nice surprise.

The latest step in Bioware’s pro­cess of server con­sol­id­a­tion has gone online: A High Pop­u­la­tion Test Server. If you have char­ac­ters on East Coast serv­ers, they got copied over auto­mat­ic­ally. Since my little Sith War­rior actu­ally resides on the Ebon Hawk, she is one of the lucky ones.

I am curi­ous. If you leave me alone in a room with a but­ton in front of me, the door hasn’t fin­ished clos­ing before I pushed that but­ton. So, I hopped onto that server. The first thing that greets you is a pop-up, which is obvi­ously meant for those folks who’s char­ac­ters will be auto­mat­ic­ally trans­ferred to des­tin­a­tion serv­ers, once the now locked ori­gin serv­ers are closed down. It basic­ally tells them not to freak out and that they might have to rename their char­ac­ters. I fore­see a lot of whining.

But that isn’t why I write this post. I write this post because there was one other thing that caught my eye:

Do I spy an increase in character slots? Yes, I do!

I don’t know if this applies only to the test server, or if this means that once the con­sol­id­a­tion pro­cess is com­pleted, the char­ac­ter limit per server will be raised to twelve. I hope for the latter.

There is also good news for all people who fear they are going to lose char­ac­ters to the con­sol­id­a­tion process:

None of your char­ac­ters will be deleted. You will be able to use all of them when we merge char­ac­ters from ori­gin serv­ers onto cur­rent des­tin­a­tion serv­ers (with new high pop­u­la­tion tech). How­ever, in order to cre­ate a new char­ac­ter, you will have to free up one of your char­ac­ter slots.  (Joveth Gonza­lez)