Rift's servers are packed, filled to the gill with players on both hemisphere's - despite the fact the game will be released on March 1 in North America, and only pre-orders are allowed to engage in the Headstart pre-release. Some servers have two hour wait times. Keep in mind there are 26 North American servers and 20 European servers.
Gamasutra is Rift accounts.that there are already over one million registered
According to Trion public relations rep Chris Schmidt in a brief phone interview, he commented, "Even though the servers are full ... we are blown away by the number of people who are playing."
He added that Trion would be adding some servers in the next few hours, and would try to be ready for launch.