The lights are on
EA revealed the active subscribers for Star Wars: The Old Republic has dropped 400,000 since earlier this year.
As part of its quarterly earnings release this afternoon, the publisher said it currently has 1.3 million active subscribers, down from the 1.7 million it reported this past February.
Two content packs, Legacy and Allies, will be available in the following months.
That's what happens when you make the same game as WoW. Same game. No competitive advantage. Also, monthly fee doesn't help :/
I hope TES Online learns from this....I have read and listened to a few podcasts and they all point to the fact that the subscription model for MMO's is dead....and I think they are right.
To me I can't see spending $60 on a game, buy an expansions they make AND paying $15 a month to play it. IF a subscription MMO was the ONLY game I intended to play..then I could do it...but I think very few gamers just play ONE game.
Am I the only one wanting to suddenly play SWTOR again?
It's just too expensive for me to play an MMO right now. I am looking forward to Guild Wars 2 obviously :]
OH NOOOOO! Now they will only be making $19,500,000.00 a month instead of $25,500,000.00 a month. Although I do not know the exact cost of development, production and maintenance, those still seem like successful numbers.
BUT, I guess as opposed to WoW's approximately $150,000,000.00 a month, that must seem like failure. Don't worry EA, it's okay if you aren't the best at, or own EVERYTHING.. plus, you get to make money off of used game buyers too. Feel better, poor thing?
Well done EA! You've did it! (sarcasm).
EA, you really love stealing money now don't ya?
If only Lucas Arts would go back and make Battlefront 3. . . (sigh)
free to play
Suck it MMOs
Release it for Macintosh, then we'll talk.
This game had two problems from the start:
1. Its not as good as a true Knights of the Old Republic 3 would have been and lacks enough content to justify $15 a month after the first month. It might be a bit unique to see an MMO thats so story driven, but it just wasn't the same as playing an offline RPG and once the story content has been seen.... its not worth paying for anymore.
2. ToR simply was not good enough to appeal to the Star Wars Galaxies crowd. In my limited time playing ToR thats all I heard from people: Fun game, but not nearly as good as SWG was back in the day. Lets face it, ToR was always going to be compared to SWG... and there is no way a WoW clone with a bit more story telling/voice overs was going to be as good.
Thats not to say ToR won't continue to be a very successful game for years to come. However its not going to be this unbelievable smash hit.
Good... now bring back star wars galaxies.. the true MMO!