SWTOR Subscribers Decline as EA Profits Soar

May 7, 2012 -

EA revealed earlier this evening in its annual financial report that its MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, currently has 1.3 million active subscribers. That's 400,000 less than the last time they reported subscriber numbers in February of this year. Beyond reporting the numbers, EA did not talk much more about SWTOR.

Elsewhere in its report, the company revealed net annual income of $76 million, an improvement on a loss of $276 million in the same period a year ago. Total revenue for the fiscal year was also up at $4.14 billion, from $3.59 billion in the same period a year ago. The company said it enjoyed strong results for retail products including Mass Effect 3, SSX and Kingdoms of Amalur, but a fair share of its revenue came for digital goods and sales.

Total digital revenue for the year was $1.2 billion, up 42 percent from the same period a year ago.

Looking ahead, EA announced plans to invest $80 million over the next 12 months to develop new games for the next generation of consoles, or as they call them "Gen4 console systems."

Source: Euogamer


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Re: SWTOR Subscribers Decline as EA Profits Soar

I think its just the ebb and flow of MMO burnout. I've got a couple of toons to 50 and now I'm on a break from MMO's back to playing FPS and RTS right now. I will get back to MMO's in a few months and if no other MMO's look good it will be SWTOR as it's really fun.

Re: SWTOR Subscribers Decline as EA Profits Soar

thats funny, not even 2 months ago they claimed there was no dip in subs, and it was just people playing less frequently...

bit of a change of tone. granted with an excuse, but as my old LPO used to say "Excuses are like assholes, everyone has at least one and it stinks."

Re: SWTOR Subscribers Decline as EA Profits Soar

They were probably playing the game WoW did - play it off as a temporary pre-expansion dip. Everybody's raided out, if they hadn't killed the final boss of the expansion they weren't going to, and any work now was going to vanish in the gear reset in a few months... Then they overwhelmingly didn't come back.

At WoW's peak, the loss ToR is reporting would be 4 million players in 2-3 months. WoW never lost that many that quickly, so they could keep playing the "Everything's all perfectly fine," tune a lot longer. EA's had to face reality pretty quickly. On the upside, that might mean they also respond faster. They might still have a good chance to save ToR from languishing in mediocrity for an expansion like WoW did.

Re: SWTOR Subscribers Decline as EA Profits Soar

i just hope they start merging servers now. i know plenty of people are peeved they've pretty much been told they had to change to a higher population server (and many have done it), or play during peak hours to see higher population.... the problem... we are on at peak hours..

but the server pops are just so low for some of'em, theres no one on. the free month got a LOT of people back, but not for long. they didn't exactly add much with 1.2, and a few things they altered (nerfed XP for PvP to slow peoples leveling down) pretty much sent a new wave out the door.

 
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