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Star Wars: The Old Republic sitting at nearly 1.7 million paid subscribers

By Mike Williams

Star Wars: The Old Republic sitting at nearly 1.7 million paid subscribers

Thu 08 Mar 2012 8:59pm GMT / 3:59pm EST / 12:59pm PST

EA has confirmed that BioWare's first MMO is almost at 2 million users

Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has told investors that BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) is up to nearly 1.7 million monthly subscribers to date. A "vast majority" of players have passed beyond the free month of playtime that comes with the game and are in full-on paid subscription mode.

Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz is estimating 2 million monthly subscribers by the end of June 2012.

"We continue to feel comfortable with our Star Wars estimates which are an important part of our street-high FY13 non-GAAP EPS estimate of $1.36. We estimate 2MM paying subs by the end of June 2012 (and then sustained for the remainder of the year). We also note that the company plans to launch Star Wars in the Asia-Pacific region later this month," Creutz said in a statement.

Overall, the success of SWTOR has Cowen and Company rating EA shares to Outperform.

UPDATE: The original story incorrectly mentioned that the 1.7 million subscribers were reached by the end of February.

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Raphael Honore Localization Assistant Manager, Blizzard Entertainment Europe

31 3 0.1
I think many bought the game + 3 or even 6 month subscription just to realize after a few weeks that the game gets boring fast. I know I did. I haven't played for over a month and I still have 2 month active subscription on my account... Also "Asia Pacific" launch is really Oceania launch - the servers are in Australia and all of us living in SE Asia (including Japan) have a *worse* game experience on "our" servers than on West coast US ones - not to mention the fact they also block Chinese IP so a VPN is required to play the game here.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Raphael Honore on 9th March 2012 12:46am

Posted:4 years ago


Samuel Verner Game Designer

131 243 1.9
i call it rigged bullshit. all statistics and the situation on the servers showing a huge loss of users.

and 2 million users in the end of june? Doug Creutz should quit his job, cause he absolutly suffers a loss of his sense of reality.

Posted:4 years ago


Jack Lee

60 6 0.1
I find the vitriol leveled at SWToR... disturbing. It's like everyone in the industry (except those at EA, obviously) want it to fail, and that saddens me. I know that I'm excited to be building a new PC soon, and one of my top priorities is getting SWToR and playing an Imperial Agent through.

I guess I'm not as much of a WoW-hater (or WoW-clone hater, in this instance) as many are. I hope that ToR manages to find a stable niche at which it's profitable enough to support with story content for years.

Posted:4 years ago


David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers

361 80 0.2
I think part of the problem is that the story content has dried up for players by now, even for those who wanted to play for both factions. From what I understand from MMO players, the end game content just isn't there yet. Maybe that will change, but as it stands there are some alternatives with more fleshed out stuff for people at the level cap.

By all means, enjoy the story of the Imperial Agent, which I've heard nothing but good things about, but my suggestion would be to not buy a long term subscription yet. Producing new story content will be slow, and you might be waiting many months for new additions to the plot.

Posted:4 years ago


Raphael Honore Localization Assistant Manager, Blizzard Entertainment Europe

31 3 0.1
SWTOR is an awesome single player RPG with MMO elements. There are raids/instances, but you don't really feel compelled to group. The story is good, and I'm sure you will have a blast playing your IA, but the "story-driven" concept is proving to fail big time for a MMOG, in my opinion. Once you've taken your character to level 50 you don't feel like going through all the quests and visiting the same planets again *just* for a different story. This game desperately needs sandbox elements, especially for end game.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Raphael Honore on 9th March 2012 7:32am

Posted:4 years ago


Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises

515 354 0.7
It's a fun game, but $15 a month is pretty expensive considering what you actually get at level 50.

I've noticed the amount of people online has gone way down since the beginning. At it's peak in early January there was always around 250 people on the imperial space station on weekends, now just 100-125.

Posted:4 years ago


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