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BioWare says that Star Wars: The Old Republic is not in decline

BioWare says that Star Wars: The Old Republic is not in decline

Tue 24 Apr 2012 2:08pm GMT / 10:08am EDT / 7:08am PDT
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Developer counters notion that its MMO is losing subscribers

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Last week, an analyst report from Cowen and Company suggested that BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic is losing subscribers and would drop from a peak of 1.7 million recorded in February to 1.25 million by the end of EA's fiscal year. BioWare has now come out to deny that its MMO is in decline.

Speaking to PC Gamer, BioWare's Daniel Erickson said that the company's subscriber numbers for the game haven't dropped but he did admit that concurrent users at peak times has been down. Erickson said that this is why some players have been experiencing "light" servers, and BioWare may consider merging some servers.

Erickson also commented that BioWare is doing "anything and everything" to boost its concurrent users number. "Nothing is off the table when it comes to making sure our communities are strong and active on each server," he said.

5 Comments

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

968 1,161 1.2
It's not like they'd actually tell us if they were in a decline. If people aren't feeling the need to log on of course they're going to start unsubscribing.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Private
Industry

1,187 185 0.2
There is no way around server merging. I play the game and right now there are 3 EU servers that have at least "Heavy" population. They where clearly too optimistic when they decided on how many servers they would need. There are so many players on the server I play that say that they had to re-roll on this server because the server they played on before is dead and there is no option for character transfer.

I can imagine that some people might just stop playing it if they are on a dead server and don`t want to start a new character.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Ken Varley
Owner & Freelance Developer, Writer

39 30 0.8
I just find it harder and harder to log on now. I just can't settle with it. It feels clunky and something just doesn't feel right. I just can't seem to put my finger on it. I won't be renewing my subs come August.

With Guild Wars 2 and Diablo 3 to play.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Morville O'Driscoll
Games Blogger & Journalist

1,374 1,021 0.7
I think when Guild Wars 2 releases, that'll be the point when everything changes. From what I've read, TOR doesn't have much of interest once you hit the cap, and PvP isn't that great. And reading how GW2 is going to have a vast amount of content... Well, EA/BioWare need to have something big to prevent people just jumping ship.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,993 902 0.5
@morville: an offline singlee player/co-op mode might have helped, I still say...

Posted:A year ago

#5

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