The Old Republic Becomes the Fastest-Growing MMO Ever

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The Old Republic Becomes the Fastest-Growing MMO Ever


EA says Star Wars: The Old Republic is the fastest-growing subscription MMO ever, and that's good news for Origin.

Star Wars: The Old Republic [http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Old-Republic-Pc/dp/B001CWXAP2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328221612&sr=8-1] has sold more than two million copies since it launched six weeks ago and now boasts a subscriber base of 1.7 million users, which Electronic Arts says makes it the fastest growing subscription-based MMO ever. And while things are often ugly in the early days of a new MMO, The Old Republic has been a relative rock of stability, with servers "available for more than 99.5 percent of the time outside of scheduled maintenance."

Some other noteworthy stats: Players have spent more than 239 million in-game hours in The Old Republic - that's more than 27,000 years of in-game time - more than 20 billion NPCs have been killed and more than 148 billion credits have been spent.

In spite of that success and the release of Rise of the Rakghouls less than a month after the game went live, BioWare is curently at work on another big update, due in spring, that will add new content, game systems and guild features. "We're actively listening to our community for ongoing feedback to help us ensure the game and service continue to improve," said BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk.

Thanks in large part to the popularity of The Old Republic, Origin [http://store.origin.com/], EA's digital distribution platform, is also doing quite well. Origin accounted for almost 40 percent of The Old Republic unit sales and has pulled in more than $100 million in total revenue since July 2011. More than 9.3 million users have registered for the service and while that's still just a fraction of the Steam user base, it's a pretty impressive number for a service that's been around for less than a year.



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Azuaron

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I told you so [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/jump/7.338872.13716099]. And it turns out I was low-balling it (continuing subscriber base of 1.7 million, 2 million buys already). I really don't understand why people have been doubting the obvious success of The Old Republic.
 

Monkeyman O'Brien

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Meh, call me in a few months. Of course everyone was gonna jump on it right away, they always do so that is absolutely nothing to brag about. The real question is if they stick around.
From what I hear of Old Republic it really aint that good so unless Bioware keeps cranking out new shit every month then I can see it flatlining very soon.
 

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Well done then. Jolly good game, both as MMORPGS go and as games as a whole goes.

I still don't think it's got the grunt to stand up to the likes of WoW (yet?) It just fell short in my opinion, bloody close call though! Perhaps an expansion pack would tip the scales? Especially seeing as WoW's popularity is dropping as rapidly as Star Wars is growing.
 

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Despite me being against MMO's in general (I don't want to pay a monthly fee for a game when I already have other, more pressing bills) I am sorely tempted by it. Why? Star Wars. So much of my childhood there. :/
 

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Goes to show you that if you slap a Star Wars dress on something, the fans will lap it up... even if it is a lacklustre and generic as hell mmo.

I tell you now, if anyone but Bioware had made it, and it didnt have the SW dressing, it would of been a boring F2P mmo that would of failed.

The issue I have though is all these fans are sending out a message that basically says we will accept any rubbish as long as it has a pretty dress on, and is made by a popular developer.
 

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:O A Bioware mmo with 'Star Wars' in the title sold well?! Of course it did, but from what I hear there isn't much end game content. Let's just see how many people stick around after a few months.
 

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Good for EA.
Unfortunately this has validated Origin's existence, and I have no doubt this will empower EA to make even more ludicrous demands of their customers via Origin now that they knew they have a hooked marketbase.

Sigh..
 

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Its a great game. Im a very happy subscriber to it.

The story for each character is amazing, the combat is shiny and fun to look at, the voice acting is possibly some of the best in ALL OF VIDEO GAMING HISTORY. (("Fat stack of Credits? You just said my favorite term." -Bounty Hunter))

Theres almost nothing bad i can say about it. Short of "needs more cowbell", its almost a perfect game. And im glad the sales are reflecting it.
 

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ASnogarD said:
Goes to show you that if you slap a Star Wars dress on something, the fans will lap it up... even if it is a lacklustre and generic as hell mmo.

I tell you now, if anyone but Bioware had made it, and it didnt have the SW dressing, it would of been a boring F2P mmo that would of failed.

The issue I have though is all these fans are sending out a message that basically says we will accept any rubbish as long as it has a pretty dress on, and is made by a popular developer.
Tell that to galaxies... Well more like after NGE.
 

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Good for them I guess. If it wasn't still region locked and a subscription based MMO (I'm kinda obsessed with F2P MMOs :S), I'd may try it, just because Origin is not mandatory to play it, just to install the game.
 

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The PR team did a fantastic job here. They were very careful never to even suggest they might be a WoW killer and constantly stressed that they'd be happy with a user base of 1 million or even less. Then they restricted initial sales so that they couldn't possibly underperform and so that the servers stayed up.

Now when they reach their very profitable number of 2 million people paying them money every month we can think, wow they did a really good job this is great, unlike the other subscription MMO's where we'd be thinking, pfft 2 million? That's only 1/6th of WoW. It gives a much better impression of the game and is much more sensible the way they've presented it
 

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I love this game, but I feel there's too much Steve Blum.... and not enough cowbell.
 

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ASnogarD said:
Goes to show you that if you slap a Star Wars dress on something, the fans will lap it up... even if it is a lacklustre and generic as hell mmo.
Except that it isn't. It's well thought-out and works very well in many aspects and it had a way smoother launch than many other MMO's.

And why is it being Star Wars a bad thing? What's wrong with it being pretty? That's usually a plus. SW:TOR really does capture the Star Wars feel, the combat does, the music does, the scenery does, the sound effects do, you name it. It oozes atmosphere and I love it for it. And to top it off the combat itself is very smooth, engaging, feels responsive and kinetic and is at times challenging too.

Is it as revolutionary as they promised it would be? Hah! Not in the slightest. Does it work very well regardless? You betcha.
 

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ASnogarD said:
Goes to show you that if you slap a Star Wars dress on something, the fans will lap it up... even if it is a lacklustre and generic as hell mmo.
Well its the story irregardless if you believe that. I know thats one of the driving factors behind it. I hate grind fest that is the standard MMO like WoW (Even though I played if for about 3 years) but when there is a nicely done story added it makes you desire to level up even more just so you can get to the next area and see that story. Its quite entertaining.

OT: Good to hear. I think Bioware really know what their doing with this steady stream of content. I got to say I am already loving it more than I ever liked WoW. I do hope the release more PvP arena's though. Some of them are not Imperial sniper friendly and you can't queue for a specific one XD
 

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...aaaand it still hasn't been released in Australia, and won't until March. I hope it has gone F2P by then.

However in other news I noticed while checking out Steam specials that Star Trek Online is listed as F2P. I wanted KOTOR 3, but maybe I'll settle for Klingons off the starboard bow...
 

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Good to hear. I really enjoy the game and would be playing it a lot more if I weren't in the final stretch for my bachelor's...
 

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First I was excited. Then I was dubious. Then I worried that being dubious was the ironic hipster response. Then I played the beta and saw the flaws for myself and said "hey, they're not so bad".

So yeah, when I have some free time in a month or two I'll pick this up for the single-player campaigns at the very least.

kouriichi said:
Its a great game. Im a very happy subscriber to it.

The story for each character is amazing, the combat is shiny and fun to look at, the voice acting is possibly some of the best in ALL OF VIDEO GAMING HISTORY. (("Fat stack of Credits? You just said my favorite term." -Bounty Hunter))

Theres almost nothing bad i can say about it. Short of "needs more cowbell", its almost a perfect game. And im glad the sales are reflecting it.
So actually the real reason I'm commenting in this thread :) I've noticed your avatar before and the niggling sense of recognition has been gnawing at me. I finally remembered where I've seen it before! It takes sack and a refined taste to proudly display Pete Burns on your forum avatar and I salute you for it.