The Asia-Pacific servers for Star Wars: The Old Republic are to be closed and all players therein migrated to North American servers, BioWare has announced.

The move is being made in response to complaints of sparsely populated servers in the region.

“The one common theme from the suggestions, which we heard clearly, is that everyone wants the opportunity to play on higher populated servers,” wrote The Old Republic community manager Eric Musco.

“With this in mind, we have evaluated all of the options and determined that the best solution, that will offer the best long term play experience, is to merge the APAC servers with higher populated North American servers.”

The merge wouldn’t happen for a while, he Musco added, and it would be a multistep process.

“We are moving as quickly as we can to make this happen, but we want to make sure this is a smooth transition, so it will take some time,” he said.

The three APAC servers weren’t merged into one as BioWare wanted to accommodate all play styles rather than force players to choose one, said Musco.

The Old Republic's latest expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel is coming next month.