Remember when BioWare announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic was going free-to-play and many claimed that it was the beginning of the end? Well it turns out that those people were very wrong indeed.
In the latest EA earnings call the publisher revealed that monthly revenue for the game has more than doubled since the conversion and subscriber numbers are holding steady at just under 500,000. “Since it was induced in November, we’ve added more than 1.7 million new players on the free model to the service,” Electronic Arts president of labels Frank Gibeau said. “And the number of subscriptions has stabilized at just under half a million.
“The really interesting thing that’s happening inside the service right now is monthly average revenue for the game has more than doubled since we introduced the free-to-play option. And as we look forward, we’re going to continually invest in new content for the service and for players every six weeks or so.”
Yesterday BioWare announced the release dates of the game’s next two patches, 2.1 and 2.2.