Recently, Star Wars: The Old Republic has entered its beta testing period and the massively multiplayer online role-playing game has already attracted 2 million users, according to Electronic Arts. The Thanksgiving weekend appears to be the period in which the most people logged on, surpassing the 725.000 users. The American development company is referring to the beta as one of the biggest and most successful ones in history. Around 2.4 million users had previously registered on the official website and 2 million signed up for the public beta.
EA also stated that the average user played the game for about 12 hours on those three days, accumulating about 9 million hours of played time. The company will definitely need lots of subscribers as various rumors state that the development team spent $135 million. If this is real this would be the most expensive video game ever created.
This seems to be the perfect time to launch a new MMO as different sites have started referring to the decline in number of users who play World of Warcraft. In fact, the latter received a Guinness World Record for being the most popular MMORPG (this was based on the number of subscribers which peaked at around 11.5 million players.)
Of course the fact that some players have left the game doesn’t mean that there won’t be more new content and subsequent updates as Blizzard has recently announced a new expansion called Mists of Pandaria, which will raise the level cap from 85 to 90, introduce new classes, feature a new pet system and new challenge modes. In addition, it’s said that there will be at least one other major expansion for World of Warcraft and after that Blizzard Entertainment will start focusing on Titan their latest project which will also be an MMO. The game has been in development for a while, though there haven’t been many details about it yet many expect this to be a more casual and approachable title.
In any case, a lot of players are really eager to explore the Star Wars fictional universe and undertake multiple missions and quests. It should be noted that even though this MMO is not necessarily intrinsically tied to previous games in the series, it is set 300 years after the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. This is also the successor to Star Wars Galaxies and even though the latter was heavily criticized for being overly complex, having unbalanced classes, bugs and lack of content, I’m pretty sure that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be much better received.
The game will launch on December 20 in North America and Europe.
For more information about the title visit its official website.