The Old Republic attracts 1M users in 3 days
Posted: 25.12.2011 23:08 by Comments: 6
Publisher Electronic Arts has announced that in the three days following Star Wars: The Old Republic's launch on the 20th December, over 1M users have registered to play BioWare's Star Wars-licensed MMO.

EA also released some statistics regarding the MMO:

* Players prefer the Dark Side of the Force. Of the more than 3.8 million characters created, there are 550,000 Sith Warriors and 510,000 Jedi Knights.
* Players have logged 28 million in-game hours roughly equivalent to watching all six Star Wars movies, two million times.
* Players average more than five hours a day playing the game.
* Players have killed more than two billion non-player characters in the eight days since early game access began.

It will be interesting to see what the subscribership is a year from now. EA has expressed a desire to have a million subscribers over the course of a year, which would recoup the millions of dollars spent developing the MMO over the past few years.
Source: USA Today
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By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 26, 2011
All depends on player feedback. I'd personally like to give it a shot, as with all MMO's you can play it almost as a SP experience (and we all want "KoTOR III"). However, I'll happily wait for a year of patches and new content before delving in.
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Dec 26, 2011
I'm sure the player base will spike after yesterday, I imagine with the release being so close to xmas lots of people will have had it as a present.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Dec 26, 2011
EA will have the subscription for a year or two so that the MMO can pay for its huge development costs. After that, it'll go free-to-play.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Dec 26, 2011
I don't know if that would necessarily be a good thing. One of the reasons WoW is so popular is because the devs have a lot of money to work with on new content, I don't know if a F2P model can give the same output, especially considering TOR's quirks (voice acting for one)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 26, 2011
The F2P model when done correctly, as it has been with Cryptic/Perfect World ("CO' and soon "STO") and WB's "DC Universe Online" is a grear way of drawing new gamers in and then converting them to subscribers by sheer content and gameplay. In my time with "DCUO" I've seen quite a few guys/gals mention in the chat box how they're now going for "Legendary" (subs) status. I'd say the same will happen with "STO".
Think of it as an extended demo.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Dec 27, 2011
Might be they'll try reduced monthly fees for a while.