Star Wars: The Old Republic Loses 400,000 Subscribers

Electronic Arts has been downplaying the idea that Star Wars: The Old Republic might be bleeding subscribers, but solid figures seem to indicate that a non-insignificant number of users have dropped away. Over 400,000 subscribers have disappeared in the two months since EA boasted of 1.7 million active users. In a recent financial call, the publisher revealed that the number is down to 1.3 million. Still quite a lot of users, but one has to imagine EA was hoping for more, rather than less.

The issue is all the more embarrassing due to EA claiming last month that subscriber numbers were not down. It explained light server populations by claiming that users were simply not online at the same time. Seems that the company wasn’t being entirely honest. Unless it suddenly lost all those subscribers Monday morning.

EA is still trying to save face on the issue, explaining the drop as a loss of “casual consumers” who didn’t feel like renewing after their trial period was up.

I really enjoyed The Old Republic while I was playing it, but after sinking plenty of time into the adventure, I reached a point where I just lost interest, and so far I’ve seen nothing to convince me to return. That’s not a slam on ┬áthe game — for it is quite good — but it’s not something I feel like sticking around for. I really feel things would have been better overall if it had just been a normal game as opposed to an MMO.

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7 Comments on Star Wars: The Old Republic Loses 400,000 Subscribers

Shiggz RocketSurgeon

On May 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

Lets hope Elder Scrolls online learns from this. People understandably just don’t want to keep up say 2-6 15$ each a month to maintain access to an MMO grindfest.

Realistically? I would bet the only thing that will be learned from this, is to make leveling to cap take much longer so they get a few more months out of people.

Josh

On May 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

What all MMO’s Should learn from this.
1. Just because you have a huge following doesn’t mean you have to make a sub par game.
2. Great solo pve will not carry an MMO.
3. Terrible pvp will kill a game.
4. Terrible communication with your customers will ruin a game.
5. Trying to distance yourself from other popular and succesful mmos by not including in your game what other games already have is going to make your game seem unfishined. There is no reason why Star Wars shouldn’t have already had UI customization, LFG tool, End game content, much better pvp thought process and frankly things like Legacy should have been in the game on day 1.

Joe

On May 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

I think if Bioware had another 6 months to a year to work on this things could’ve been different, but EA has never been known to be smart. EA wont learn a damn thing from this, they’ll just pull the plug like they did with Warhammer Online and pour their money into another project and force that project to release too soon.
EA is like heroin addicts with money, they need their money fix.

This game really could’ve been so much better, but it was rushed and released far too soon.

Loveless

On May 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I still don’t understand the reasoning for taking a very successful single player franchise and turning it into an MMO. I imagine they would have sold millions of copies of a new xbox/ps3 game instead of going the MMO rout. Instead they go with a product that a lot of the fans of the series have no interest in. I’m a big fan of the first 2 but spent a couple hours on the new and saw how terrible it was. I can’t stand MMO’s and was willing to give old Republic a try and am sorry I did. Bioware has failed as a game company since being bought by EA; DA2, ME3, and old republic were all sub par. Here is to hoping that they learn from these mistakes and bring a decent game out Old Republic on consoles and get away from the MMO nonsense.

Luther

On May 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Its a great game, it just lacks the end game content and important tools for making grouping with people easy. other then that the leveling process from 1 to 50 was fantastic and a really nice change of pace from all other mmo’s out there.

tiagonal

On May 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Screw you all big named MMO for closing my hotties & motties naked bars, oh the ethics. I wanted KOTOR3 anyway, heck, even a full CGI movie made up of trailers would’ve been better.

Miguel

On May 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

“I really feel things would have been better overall if it had just been a normal game as opposed to an MMO.” That’s what I said when this pathetic attempt of a video game was announced!