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Tuesday, 20 December 2011 08:55

SWTOR has 1.5 million players already

Written by David Stellmack

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If 140 servers running last Saturday is any indication

The Star Wars The Old Republic MMO from Bioware might come out of the gate much stronger than some analysts initially expected. Doug Creutz, who is an analyst from Cowen & Company, speculates that the game might have as many as 1.5 million players already and the numbers could even be higher than that.

If 140 servers running last Saturday was any indication, Electronic Arts might see even bigger numbers once the game is launched later today. We have pinged other analysts who tell us that they are now rethinking the popularity potential of SWTOR based on these early estimates. It could be much bigger than expected.


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+2 #1 Vizeroy 2011-12-20 10:25
Come on.. they were actually *surprised* by the initial numbers?
Star Wars is the biggest franchise in SciFi and they were surprised?
Bioware is currently the company with the best reputation, regarding RPS and especially Star Wars relates RPGs.
KOTOR still sells for about 30€ in Germany - the price on Amazon is even higher, ranging up to 55€ for a new copy.

The numbers may shrink again after one or two months, but the initial peak shouldn't surprise anyone.
 
 
+4 #2 joe pineapples 2011-12-20 10:38
Is SWTOR 'might' a special edition I havent heard about? ;)
 
 
+2 #3 thematrix606 2011-12-20 10:47
Quoting joe pineapples:
Is SWTOR 'might' a special edition I havent heard about? ;)


At least he got it right in the article xD

Fail editor is fail!
 
 
-2 #4 jklauderdale 2011-12-20 15:26
"...1.5 million players already and the numbers could even be higher"

As with any other MMORPG, we won't see real numbers for 6-8 months. Aside from the sci-fi setting, what sets it apart from the slew of other MMORPGs out there?

Rift had a huge surge of players in the beginning, now it's more or less stabilized to ~1/3 of them. LOTRO, AoC? Both saw a huge number of players leave WoW looking for something new. Many of them went right back to WoW upon realizing that many of the mechanics remain the same.

WoW is dieing a long, grinding death full of pandas and goblin kitsch but no one game is going to knock it of it's throne.
 
 
+1 #5 Exodite 2011-12-20 17:23
Quoting jklauderdale:
Aside from the sci-fi setting, what sets it apart from the slew of other MMORPGs out there?



The story, the quests, the varied content.

I'm spoiled for choice really, when it comes to questing, instances, PvP and space combat mission. And they're all fun, and remarkably balanced.

It's truly the best of BioWare storytelling and MMORPGs in one.

Sure, it's not perfect - it doesn't have quite the same spit and polish as WoW - but from what I've seen so far it does things much, much better than AoC, WAR, Rift and the other non-WoW MMOs I've tried.

I grant you that it's early to tell at this point but TOR is doing a lot of things better than these other games do.
 

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