EA has revealed that subscription numbers of BioWare’s MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic have dropped below the one million mark.
The announcement was made during an earnings call yesterday, however the publisher failed to give an exact number simply stating that it was below the one million mark, but well above 500,000. When the game first launched it had 1.7 million active subscribers, this dropped to 1.3 million in February and it appears that roughly the same drop in subscribers has occurred again.
EA has also made the decision to change the game from a subscription model to a free-to-play one. Players can play the game up to level 50 at no charge, but will suffer serious limitations at the end-game, while players who choose to subscribe to the game will have no limitations at all. On top of this new model a cash shop will also be introduced, allowing players to buy cosmetic and convenience items.
I expected a drop below one million, my betting is on around 800,000, which is still a very healthy player base. The move to free-to-play isn’t the end of the world as long as EA and BioWare continue to support the game with new content on a regular basis, it may even mean we get content faster.
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