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Old Republic draws 2m beta testers

750,000 play over Thanksgiving weekend, 250,000 concurrently

EA's Eric Brown has revealed that over two million players participated in the recently concluded Star Wars: The Old republic beta, with 750,000 unique users signing in over the Thanksgiving weekend.

At peak, a quarter of a million of them were playing concurrently.

Each of those players, Brown told an audience at the Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, logged an average of twelve hours play each over the three day holiday.

John Riccitiello has previoulsy claimed that the game could see profit from as few as half a million players, with Sony Online's Joh Smedley predicting that it could garner as many as two million players quite quickly despite some misgiings about a pure subscription monetisation model.

Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch worldwide on December 20, 2011.

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Latest comments (2)

Gregore Candalez Journalist and Account Manager, FD Com.5 years ago
I'm proud to say I was one of them. A confluence of factors contributed to it, like the holiday and my girlfriend being out of town. I sincerely played the game every hour I was awake and I did not regret anything.

I was thrilled, like the first time I played Ocarina of Time. Everything has been amazingly done, especially the voice acting. The story-driven questline is delicious, the morality options are amazing. The combat is delicious and the skills are awesome. There aren't many things to say that hasn't been said already. I'm looking forward to it.

I strongly believe Star Wars can compete with WoW, and even defeat it. Star Wars has a much more extense lore and tradition. After all, it's been almost 40 years. The Old Republic is the title the franchise deserved. Good job, BioWare.
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Aleksi Ranta Product Manager - Hardware 5 years ago
Was in the Beta for about 3months and I concur its a solid offering.
Ofcourse its nothing new in the game mechanics department but if it isnt broke why fix it?
Im positive the launch will be smooth, im positive it will attract a good crowd, im certain there is enough content for launch and so on.

The first stint from lvl1 to lvl50 wasnt a chore because of the story. It is smoke and mirrors but a god distraction nevertheless. There are flashpoints for all level ranges. 2 Raids for end-game aswell.

I have to salute BW on a job well done.
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