Star Wars: The Old Republic Lost 25% of Its Subscribers
May 11, 2012 9:25 AM
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Subscriber loss surprised some
There a lot of people in the gaming and Star Wars communities, and they were really excited when EA announced about a year ago that it was investing
into a Star Wars themed MMORPG. That game launched as Star Wars: The Old Republic and racked up a large number of users very quickly. It appears that the popularity of the game may be cooling.
According to EA, the game had 1.3 million subscribers at the end of April. At the end of February, the game had 1.7 million subscribers. The reduction coincides with the game's launch in the Asia-Pacific region. Star Wars: TOR comes with a free month subscription so some subscriber fall off was expected shortly after the launch, but the number of losses has surprised many.
EA maintains that the subscriber drop-off is consistent with its projections. Subscriber losses being consistent still didn't prevent EA's shares from dropping as much as 10% in after-hours trading. According to EA interim CFO Peter Moore, "a substantial portion of the decrease [was] due to casual and trial players cycling out of the subscriber base, driving up the overall percentage of paying subscribers."
Casual gamers tend to drop out and stop playing when their free month subscription is over. EA is talking about plans to keep paying customers paying with character expansions and more. EA CEO John Riccitiello counters that the MMORPG is one of the company's top 10 profitable titles.
"It's a business contributor, while important, is not as important as Medal of Honour or Battlefield or FIFA or Madden or The Sims or SimCity," he said.
Many think competition in the MMORPG sector will only get more intense with the announcement that The Elder Scrolls Online is coming next year.
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RE: I tried it
5/11/2012 1:51:12 PM
That is why I like Star Wars Galaxies so much, even once you played through the story lines what little there was, it was a totally open sandbox system where you could create as much RPG story as you wanted. It was almost as if you took the pen and paper RPG and made a virtual world for it. Then after a good two year run Sony decided to completely change it and try to entice the FPS crowd into playing it and catered to the ones that wanted every class/profession to be completely equal and it got to the point it didn't matter what class you played you did the exact same things to level up. Only crafter and entertainer had different xp systems, and by the end entertainers had morphed into somewhat of a combat class. In the original if you were medic you gained xp by healing or crafting medicine, in the end you gained xp by shooting things :( Jedi, in the end all xp came from killing things, not a very Jedi like way to do things.
RE: I tried it
5/12/2012 1:03:38 PM
Wow, someone who actually liked Galaxies. It's like finding a unicorn!
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