Makes me wonder. All of this is happening on "empty" servers, not merged yet.
What will happen after Servers get Merged and more populated?
Populations always spike after patches, and 1.21 was perhaps one of the most anticipated patches we've seen in a long time. It's not unreasonable to assume we'll be back to normal population trends by the time server merges come around.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love for these crowds to be the new norm (it was fantastic playing last night - people everywhere even in zones I've spent entire weekends as the only player around), and who knows, perhaps 1.21 was finally the catalyst for sustained population growth, but history shows that things will typically settle back down after this peak.