Well honestly you have to remember phase 4 was open beta.
Early access / full game is only for people who pay to play, so expect a huge decrease in numbers.
Yes but there is still the potential that there are that many people, just saying not trying to get in a war about numbers with people. If there is a restriction or maybe Excalibur got flooded with subs and its now full, how would that work?
@ RhuarcAllah: Yes, its is called a "World Pass." That's what I'm getting at. I hope they have something because there could be a lot of people being separated. Even more so on the Legacy servers where there is already a large population. On top of that, of course I'm going to convince my friend to join my legacy server as a new player and not start on his own and not be able to play with me.. and I'm not the only one who feels that way.. This does need to be addressed so we can decide how we will invite our friends in the future too.
Even in open beta I had problems joining up with friends due to servers filling up so quickly, and it is frustrating to be put in a position of giving up your progress on your character to start over on a less populated server just so you can team up... or even connect at all.
But I'm not convinced a World Pass is a solution since it's not the number of accounts on a server so much as the maximum number of active connections being filled to capacity that's the problem. Even if you had the ability to invite someone to join your busy server, if there's never any room in the wait queue let alone to the server directly, it hasn't done you any good except make the invited character completely inaccessible.
It's only a matter of time before the hype dies down and capacity opens up. Surely, after a couple of weeks post-launch, playing on the server you want won't even be an issue (and if it's still an issue, Yoshi has clearly invented a substitute for crack). They will offer a transfer service down the road (though I think they might charge for it), so if waiting to start is not an option, you can always begin a character on a low population server and transfer when things die down. Anyone can transfer to
a Legacy server, if that's the ultimate goal.
But stay informed, keep your options open, and let's all hope for the best!