EA and BioWare’s MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic is certainly proving popular, with some people having to “stand” in online queues before they can even get onto the more populated servers. The game has been active since 20 December 2011 (longer if you count the early access invites that were issued to a bajillion people) and now we’ve got industry analyst firms chiming in about the most important aspect of any MMO out there: numbers.
One such analyst firm is Baird Equity Research (no relation to Damon S. Baird – I checked) which believes that the Star Wars MMORPG has attained a concurrent online user number of 350 000. According to Baird Equity Research this indicates “an early success” for the fledgling MMO but the firm also believes it’s indicative of a “viable market for multiple million-user MMOs in the US and Europe”. That’s great news for EA considering they’re about to co-publish The Secret World with Funcom.
All this back-patting might be a little premature; it’ll be interesting to see what happens with the numbers once the initial, bundled 30-day access codes finish and people are forced to pay for further subscriptions.