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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Earnings Up Since F2P Conversion

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According to yesterday's earnings call between EA and stock holders, Star Wars: The Old Republic's player base has increased by 1.7 million users. Subscriptions have stabilized near the half-million mark.

According to yesterday's earnings call between EA and stock holders, Star Wars: The Old Republic's player base has increased by 1.7 million users. Subscriptions have stablized near the half-million mark.

Source: Polygon

Check out the report.

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  • jesteralwaysjesteralways ChittagongPosts: 1,041Member Uncommon
    From the report : "extra content and free-to-play contributed $224 million, up 45%, led by sustained growth in FIFA Ultimate Team, and solid results from Star Wars: The Old Republic and Bejeweled Blitz."

    i am willing to bet "fifa ultimate" is bringing in the majority of this 224 million, if not 3/4th of 224 million. 

    i want an open world, no phasing, no instancing.i want meaningful owpvp.i want player driven economy.i want meaningful crafting.i want awesome exploration, a sense of thrill.i want ow housing with a meaningful effect on my entire gameplay experience, not just some instanced crap.i want all of these free of cost, i don't wanna pay you a cent, game devs can eat grass and continue developing game for me.
    Seems like that is the current consensus of western mmo players.

  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Den HelderPosts: 9,065Member Uncommon

    The game deserves some good re-reviews

     

    Its the most immersive themepark MMo available, for those that just love great stories

    Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)

  • MMOGamer71MMOGamer71 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 1,930Member Uncommon
    F2P is a scam which relies on impulse buying.
  • p4ttythep3rf3ctp4ttythep3rf3ct Austin, TXPosts: 120Member

    Too little, too late.  They ruined the experience for just as many, I'm sure.  SWTOR, the biggest disappointment in the past few years IMO.

     

    I hear Disney is teaming up with EA for a new Star Wars game...

    That's just, like, my opinion, man.

  • VlackeVlacke BelgradePosts: 155Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Lord.Bachus

    The game deserves some good re-reviews

     

    Its the most immersive themepark MMo available, for those that just love great stories

    I agree completely.

    When it comes to story SWTOR is second to none in the AAA MMO market.

  • DoogiehowserDoogiehowser ParisPosts: 1,873Member

    No no..it can not be..lies..all lies... EA is lying to stock holders..lying to us..lying to everyone.......this game must fail.....!!

    I am just kidding ;p

    I am happy that SWTOR is doing good, it is one of the most fun theme park MMOS i have played.

     

    "The problem is that the hardcore folks always want the same thing: 'We want exactly what you gave us before, but it has to be completely different.'
    -Jesse Schell

    "Online gamers are the most ludicrously entitled beings since Caligula made his horse a senator, and at least the horse never said anything stupid."
    -Luke McKinney

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  • IRNUBIRNUB KPosts: 22Member

    I can somewhat agree to the Story part but there is nothing to re-review.

    It's still the most lol mmo i have tried imo.

  • TimothyTierlessTimothyTierless Columnist M, ORPosts: 2,163Member Uncommon
    I'm not thrilled about this, it only servers to send the message to companies that they can put out a sub par product, convert it to FTP and make money on it.
  • IRNUBIRNUB KPosts: 22Member
    Originally posted by Tierless
    I'm not thrilled about this, it only servers to send the message to companies that they can put out a sub par product, convert it to FTP and make money on it.

    Agree, we have enough of those. Can't this abomination just die

  • SlampigSlampig Chantilly, VAPosts: 2,376Member Uncommon

    Guess who I am...

     

    "You mean EA and Star Wars are actually doing pretty good?"

     

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    That Guild Wars 2 login screen knocked up my wife. Must be the second coming!

  • AsamofAsamof La Canada, CAPosts: 738Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Vlacke
    Originally posted by Lord.Bachus

    The game deserves some good re-reviews

     

    Its the most immersive themepark MMo available, for those that just love great stories

    I agree completely.

    When it comes to story SWTOR is second to none in the AAA MMO market.

    I feel completely the opposite

    The dialogue, questing plots, and overall story are insanely cheesy and cliche. The voice acting is SO campy. Every thing that comes out of my characters mouth is so out of context for the choices they give you. It's really a disaster on every level. 

    I love KOTOR 1 and 2 so much, what a way to go out : /

  • Jerek_Jerek_ tulsa, OKPosts: 409Member
    The real question for me has always been whats next for swor after makeb.  2.1 is all cartel market, 2.2 is supposed to be content about 8 weeks after makeb released.  What comes after that?  It took them a long time to get Makeb out and even people playing very casually are through it.  Another DLC a year from now won't be enough to hold those subscriber numbers, the game needs a real expansion next and they haven't put out any solid information on what they are working on.
  • AlomarAlomar Middle Earth, NJPosts: 450Member Uncommon
    I looked so forward to this game for so many years, I even held Bioware with such great esteem(KOTOR 1, DA, ME) but wow what a screw-up. i will return to TOR eventually but only for 1 month and after theres been a bunch of expansions just to play the only worthwhile feature, the story.

    Dozens of MMO's, RTS's, FPS's, etc.

  • TookyGTookyG Warhammer Online Correspondent Alameda, CAPosts: 1,188Member
    And in short order that new revenue will fade away (for the most part) like it has with DDO and LOTRO.  Of there there will be an influx of cash for the first little while after the game goes F2P.  Why wouldn't there be?  Everyone and their mom is checking it out for the first time or coming back for a couple months.

    Until you cancel your subscription, you are only helping to continue the cycle of mediocrity.

  • CalerxesCalerxes LondonPosts: 1,630Member Uncommon
    This news gives me a wry smile. What will the doom sayers say next will be very interesting.

    This doom and gloom thread was brought to you by Chin Up™ the new ultra high caffeine soft drink for gamers who just need that boost of happiness after a long forum session.

  • achesomaachesoma Portland, ORPosts: 1,000Member Uncommon
    F2P is very profitable. No surprise here. Because most people are generally bad at math. It's a good game buts lacks the feel of an MMO for me.

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  • ErrunurErrunur MoscowPosts: 1Member
    1. I completely agree with people,about the f2p that's a little too restricted. 2. Even though its a great game.  3. SWTOR is starting too improve. 4. If you hate the game then don't play it simple.
  • simmihisimmihi -Posts: 613Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by achesoma
    F2P is very profitable. No surprise here. Because most people are generally bad at math. It's a good game buts lacks the feel of an MMO for me.

    I'd take a bet here and say that F2P is mostly profitable because of people who already got subscriptions but they are willing to buy the cartel packs from the cartel market, in hope for that special mount or armor or lightsaber or god knows what. The people who do not want to pay simply do not pay. I'm preferred status (paid for a month and for the expansion) and there's nothing "that good" which I'd get as a sub which would make me pay the sub. And I know lots of people like me. I also know a few who spend hundreds per week on the cartel packs.

  • DocBrodyDocBrody EldridgePosts: 1,820Member
    Originally posted by Lord.Bachus

    The game deserves some good re-reviews

     

    Its the most immersive themepark MMo available, for those that just love great stories

    you find those static dead planets immersive?

     

  • superniceguysuperniceguy AnchorheadPosts: 2,278Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Lord.Bachus

    The game deserves some good re-reviews

     

    Its the most immersive themepark MMo available, for those that just love great stories

    Yeah until you have done 2 chars, 1 from each side, then a 3rd you are just repeating the same stuff

    If you want great stories then you can get that from many single player games, including Mass Effect series and even KOTOR from 10 years ago, without paying a monthly fee.

    The great stories are not so enjoyable when playing with others who want to just progress and skip everything with space bar, there fore as a MMO it is not viable

  • ET3DET3D Posts: 229Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by TookyG
    And in short order that new revenue will fade away (for the most part) like it has with DDO and LOTRO.

    Do you have any links to earning reports about these games?

  • Ice-QueenIce-Queen USA, GAPosts: 2,451Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DocBrody
    Originally posted by Lord.Bachus

    The game deserves some good re-reviews

     

    Its the most immersive themepark MMo available, for those that just love great stories

    you find those static dead planets immersive?

     

    I agree, the worlds felt lifeless and dull. The only thing halfway decent is the story. The rest is terrible.

    Another couple vids to add to yours.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9_hqGsnpp8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_TUu8EkZRo

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    What happens when you log off your characters????.....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFQhfhnjYMk
    Dark Age of Camelot

  • TorreyHTorreyH Santa Cruz, CAPosts: 42Member
    Originally posted by Vlacke
    Originally posted by Lord.Bachus

    The game deserves some good re-reviews

     

    Its the most immersive themepark MMo available, for those that just love great stories

    I agree completely.

    When it comes to story SWTOR is second to none in the AAA MMO market.

     

    Exactly this.  If its nothing else, its a Bioware RPG, set in the Star Wars universe.  If you played the KOTOR games you know what I mean.  For "free" .   What more do you want?  :-) 

  • delateurdelateur Spokane, WAPosts: 156Member

    I was 100% blown away by how well they did the story, but everything else was just kind of meh... It ultimately kept me from buying the game when I had already beta tested it and had other games available with more appeal (CoH until it closed, then GW2). I've been hoping for some game that would equal the awesomeness that was City of Heroes, but have so far been disappointed. I gave DCUO a fair shot, of course, but like many games I've tried, it started to feel repetitive in a bad way. I thought The Secret World might be the next full-blown MMO to win my heart, but again, the formula just wasn't quite right for me (although it is quite an achievement and I think Funcom should be proud of what they accomplished). While GW2 is a perfectly good game with no monthly fee and all the MMO feel you probably need, I'm still waiting for the next big MMO blockbuster.

    But back to SWTOR and Bioware: Seriously awesome effort, guys! I just found the game to have zero replay value after going through each unique story (but doing so is more than worth the effort).

     
  • ksternalksternal Hainesport, NJPosts: 81Member
    Sorry but this game should of been held back another year or two because it was no were ready at launch. For saying this game needs good reviews. It will get good reviews when it actually deserves some. The story line is way to short and the actions you make with your companions have absolutely no real effect whats so ever to the end game. Its no wonder the game went free to play in less then a year. They were hemmoraging people within the first 4-5 months after it came out because of the late of over all content and the expansions have done nothing to really help the over all problem. But honestly EA should stick to doing games they have some clue about and thats sports games.
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