So, here is a bit of surprising news, well I guess not too surprising for those who follow trends of subscription based MMOs. Star Wars: The Old Republic has dropped from 1.7 million active subscribers to 1.3 million, publisher Electronic Arts said today in an earnings statement.
That’s a loss of about 25% of their user base for this multiplayer online role-playing game, it translations to about 400,000 subscribers.
In its Q3 earnings statement earlier this year, EA reported 1.7 million The Old Republic subscribers. Today, that number is down to 1.3 million.
This is most likely due to the massive amount of specials happening and one thats quite simple: Launch-day subscribers stopped playing once their free 30-day trials were up. The rest of the free to play weekends enticed a ton of people and did not want to continue to pay for the game as well. However, EA has not made any mention of that possibility but we know thats most likely the case.
Source: Electronic Arts Q4 FY12