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 just cancelled
5/11/2012 2:21:07 PM
I fucking hate Hutt Ball. Then the fact that some servers are virtually abandoned really pisses me off as well as I have one character languishing on a server. I'm a level or two below my quest level because I had to skip Flashpoints and Heroic quests due to not being able to find a group.
Spamming the General chat with "LFG" for two hours isn't fun.
RE: I just cancelled
5/12/2012 12:47:35 PM
Im leveling an op just fine skipping the heroics. I do 2 or 3 warzones per level. At 44 now and don't have any problems with class quests. One thing I have seen from other players is that gear makes quite a difference. If you use custom 3 slot gear and use your planet commendations to mod and stay within 2 or 3 levels you will be able to handle most content up a level or 2. I have seen people relying on green gear drops and that is much more difficult.
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