Here’s an interesting site TORStatus. I play on Sith Meditation Sphere.
The numbers are basically a scale of 1-5 based on BioWare’s description of server population – Light to Full. My server is usually Standard with a few spots of Light. When I started it was full a lot of time time and heavy the rest. I’m not sure if BW changed the numbers behind the words, perhaps that’s it. The metrics show that there’s a 5-10% drop in clients since last week and I think that number will increase next week due to subs coming up.
Anyhow, I was on last night in prime time and there were less than 130 people on the Fleet. It took me a half hour to get a group and it wasn’t a hard mode. Then it took me 10 minutes to get to the dungeon. I was on the fleet so I had to Leave Fleet -> Enter Ship Zone -> Enter Ship & Fly to Ilum -> Zone into dock -> Zone into Orbital Station -> Zone into Ilum & run to instance -> Zone into instance. Each arrow is a loading screen. Let’s compare to WoW. I want to group, I press the LFG group and I’m ported to the dungeon. One loading screen. In Rift, I press the tool, I’m ported to the dungeon. In either of them if I didn’t use the tool I would fly (mount or flighpoint) to the dungeon and zone in.
All in, it took nearly an hour from the time I logged on til the time I killed the first bad guy in the zone. That’s a tad too much.