Star Wars: The Old Republic beta draws 2 million

EA declares strong interest in test period for MMORPG, with testers averaging 12 hours of playtime on Thanksgiving weekend alone.

The recent public testing phase of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic attracted 2 million volunteers, according to EA. The publisher says more than 725,000 unique players joined the game over the Thanksgiving weekend, making it "one of the biggest beta tests in history." Some 2.4 million gamers had registered in advance on the game's official website, with 2 million later signing up for the public beta.

Testers averaged 12 hours each over Thanksgiving.

The Old Republic publisher shared details of the MMORPG's recent test period at the annual Global Media and Communications Conference hosted by financial services firm UBS. Each beta tester played an average of 12 hours over the postholiday three-day weekend, says EA, with more than 9 million hours cumulatively played over that stretch.

EA chief financial officer Eric Brown told the conference that this high "preregistered and built-in" demand for the product would mean a launch advertising campaign considerably different from those for other high-profile EA titles, with the focus instead on attracting new customers for the long term ("two to four years") and the critical percentage of players who renew their subscription from month to month.

The Old Republic is preparing for launch on December 20 in North America and Europe. Some analysts have estimated that the game will bring in millions of subscribers, while others suggest declining World of Warcraft subscriptions could boost EA's subscriber numbers, with half of surveyed World of Warcraft players saying they intend to buy The Old Republic.

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ko_be
ko_be

Hey, would you help my beta videos on youtube increase view rate please. My account name is Whisperin Shadow there. I uploaded five videos demonstrating my beta impressions and gameplay.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I may try it after I get my new PC built next year. I really don't have time to play 5-6hrs of any MMO, but I still would like to give it a try nonetheless. Paying $15 a month to play the game is ridiculous though. I'm also looking forward to GW2. At least there will be no monthly fee for that game.

prussia321
prussia321

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DrkeX
DrkeX

After 5 years, I've developed some sort of "hate" towards WoW, I loved it so much but after a while you realize how pathetic we sheep are at following blizzard, this is why they can half arse expansions and we flock on it like nubs. I'm excited for TOR.

DarthPlush
DarthPlush

@george43 lol good try on the troll there buddy.

benelori
benelori

@PrplMnkyDshwsr7 You could've set the auto-attack in preferences though, so the features was there.

george43
george43

The game is insanely average. It's niche is rather than have to read quest text it has dialog. The choice wheel has little outcome on the actual dialog.

Albaficas
Albaficas

Unfallen_Satan Aion wich is a grindfest take less than a week to get 55 ANW all mmos will have no lifers that will always reach cap in few days..its hapening in ALL mmo's even the pure grind ones

Albaficas
Albaficas

Sonic9479 I test all classes till lvl 25 from 4 beta's For me the best storyline so far goes to the imperial agent

Albaficas
Albaficas

FCB_2100 I for one, think that while this may no be killing any other games out there It will make Aion f2p and soon RIFT AS for wow maybe not but swtor will def get 4+mil subs around q2-3 2012 while wow keep loosing more than 50-70 k subs each mont hwithout making new subs to surpass the losses so u never know. Wow will will die with or without swtor real soon finally

Albaficas
Albaficas

voldalin swtor f2p? what did u smoke nap...keep dreaming

Albaficas
Albaficas

SunSpot Go back to to that 1 pixel game farmville nobody cares what u saying swtor will be a success like it or not..now the door is this way ----->

Albaficas
Albaficas

Played 4 beta's of swtor Played 5 years WoW Swtor better in every single way except the UI wich need work asap

djwood84
djwood84

MMOs that have let me down since SWG: WoW Tabula Rasa WAR AoC LotRO Aion Rift FF14 MMOs awaiting my wrath/affection: SWToR GW2

juran
juran

Really wasn't gonna get into this but then I averaged 12 hours a day with the beta... Sucked right in! I was going to use the free month then leave it. but now I feel I must SUBSCRIBE! I vowed never to get into paying a monthly fee just to play... damn you bioware. Damn you. must ...continue... adventuring....

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

....must..... resist...... MMORPGs....not.....my..... thing. seriously though, I've never liked MMOs that I've played - I'm much more of a single player, large game kinda person. But then, oh no, I was round a friends house during the beta and I had a play about on it for just a few minutes, and it was a whole lot of fun... sort of the past KOTR games mixed with some Mass Effect. Very nice. I may just take the plunge, even if just to use up the first month free and then leave it after....

SunSpot
SunSpot

played the beta for about 2hours that weekend. Soooo bored of this style of mmo. Reminded me to much of another mmo that I am totally fed up with.

FkThisName
FkThisName

Been waiting for GW2 and/or TSW. However, tried SWTOR beta and I'm impressed with how solid the game is. Best ping I have ever had in a MMO (Japan) and it only crashed once in two weekends of play. Definite possiblity for December.

The_Blademaster
The_Blademaster

I won't mind paying to check it out once they bring out the Jump To Lightspeed expansion, with space combat NOT on rails...

voldalin
voldalin

i'll wait till it goes free-to-play like LOTR and Champians Online, and then try it out.

max-Emadness
max-Emadness

anyone kno when this is comin out in australia

sircyrus
sircyrus

The story is this game's bread and butter, but I have serious doubts about it's ability to hold on to subscribers. Once players finish their story, they're going to start looking for something else. It's also difficult to justify paying the monthly fee for this "MMO", because while technically you play with other players in the game world, you don't really play *with* them. You spend most of your time soloing, except for the minority of content that requires a group, and for PvP. In the end it will do very well, but I'm not sure it will be responsible for WoW's demise. WoW is already in it's final stages, and is going to collapse in on itself once it's vets get a viable alternative MMO. I don't think this is it in the long term.

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

I've marked this as "don't know if want" so far. It seems interesting, but I need to try it first. Hooray for trial accounts.

JeffreyCor
JeffreyCor

Played it a lot in testing because I knew I wouldn't after it was over. This would have made a great SP game but as an MMO it's horrible.

BigRaff87
BigRaff87

I was invited three times but had to turn it down as my PC isn't meant for gaming. SWToR looks amazing and every friend I know who has played it has given a glowing report. Bioware/EA are walking a tight rope right now in pleasing Star Wars fans notorious for how critical they can be as well as taking down the behemoth known as WoW. If WoW is going to the lengths of recruiting Chuck Norris for commercials, you know they are intimidated.

Taffelost
Taffelost

Tried and pre-ordered. This game is a serious threat to WoW. My guess is Blizzard's next projects are being prioritized even more now. The WoW hegemony is ending. Can't wait for SWTOR early-access.

greeksta202
greeksta202

loved the game, don't know what they were thinking with the space combat though. Who on earth decides that railed space combat would be better than battlefront style space combat?

daverox276
daverox276

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FCB_2100
FCB_2100

Just so everyone remembers, these were server stress test weekends, so don't go saying it was laggy like they didn't intend on that happening. I for one, think that while this may no be killing any other games out there, definitely has enough to stand on its own and compete in the market without becoming another free-to-play.

Jtoon
Jtoon

I didn't get to play much except for one evening because I had to work and the amount to download. There was so much lag when I did play it so I don't really know if it will be worth it for me to buy. I did like the voice acting in the quests though because the quests really interested me then.

kukumav
kukumav

Was invited twice to the beta. Sure it has its flaws and cons but it was the best beta i've played so far. Really lovely game coming up, don't miss it. I certainly won't...

Sonic9479
Sonic9479

Yea, I have to agree with Russianman. I have tried every major MMO to hit the shelves since the original days of Evercrack and every single one of them has been a disappointment for me. Many of them would pull you in like Age of Conan with nicely voice acted story lines in the beginner area only to switch to reading "help, I need 5 wolf pelts!!" later. Yes, there is some grind here, but for some reason something about it didn't bother me at all. I found it really fun. I could not stop playing this. I have never felt so good playing an MMO. I love Blizzard games, but WOW was terrible for me and I could never get into it. I love the story lines of the various classes and working through flash points with other players was really fun in particular how everyone "rolls" to speak. I will say though the bounty hunter story seemed a little contrived at first. I can just hope it gets as interesting as the others. All in all I cannot wait for SWTOR to be released and I forsee many hours of my life being spent geeking out with a Star Wars soundtrack and light sabers.

JimmyJimJim
JimmyJimJim

@Game-fu I beseech you to read it again then, as the majority of it was relevant to your swtor comment. I feel as if I'm having to belabor this through to you, it's most unbecoming. Alas it seems you've decided to take the contrived route of nebulosity and continue on an irrelevant path of interminable euphemisms, I must; by decree of logic consider the matter settled.

Russianman72685
Russianman72685

I played about 12-15 hours and it was AMAZING!!! I felt like I had been playing for 12-15 minutes! That is why people are saying the game is short. Because even though they put over 60-100 hours into the game it felt like nothing because IT IS THAT GOOD!!! I loved every second I barely got my ship and I enjoyed it that much! A couple of glitches like a mini Satele but in all looks great and ready!

Mimicry
Mimicry

Graphics are dated and awkward; characters clash with the environments as if they function in separate graphics engines altogether. This game is to the best MMOs what Dragon Age 2 was to Origins.

DemannameD
DemannameD

Any game can get people to try it for free... I didn't like the beta at all, have no intention of paying to play this game.

Viktormon
Viktormon

Must've logged at least 24 hours during the beta weekend. Can't wait to get in there and start for real! I tried Trooper, Bounty Hunter and Jedi Warrior. Ended up getting hooked on Bounty Hunter's story, since I love playing a badass with a heart of gold (: I really recommend this to people who want to experience their Bioware Star Wars adventure!

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I thought the game was epic but also heard a few complaints that the game is too short. Some people who were really committed to playing already leveled to 50 (current cap?) in a matter of weeks. Weekend only testers probably wet their appetite just enough to consider buying, but the progress some on-going testers made in the game may actually hurt the sales a bit, since the game is heavily story-driven with replay value per class a bit thinner than than optimal. Anyway, too early to say about SWTOR's staying power. After the first six months, we'll see whether EA's goal of sustaining enough players on a "two to four years" commitment will work out. The game is worth playing in the short term at a minimum.

Warden816
Warden816

@ deathstream I think you just have bad internet. I played way over 12 hrs and I never got booted out of the game. Either that you had a program on your computer that clashed with TOR

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@JLCrogue Im going to have to disagree with you. For me, the LAST thing going for TOR was the space combat. For me it was extremely railed. I despised it. And im a huge TOR fan. For me, this was the biggest let down.

deathstream
deathstream

Does the 12 hours include the queue times you had to sit in after the game booted you, then booted you again, and again...? Even Monday when far fewer people were playing, keeping a connection was a Herculean task.

Poodger
Poodger

The beta was a blast. I hope the best for this game, it deserves every bit of praise and success it receives.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@Shawn45 Do other MMOs, like the one's you listed, include space battles? I think not. Except for a few other sci-fi MMOs, there aren't any space battles or light saber fights in other MMOs. The space battles in TOR are pretty awesome, but the game becomes unplayable when the framerate drops to about 3 fps, which happened a lot for me. I guess the gameplay is very similar to most other MMOs, but it's a good thing this will be one of my first MMOs I actually buy. (I did buy APB, which was a shooting MMO, but that was a mistake, since the shooting mechanics sucked) At least the servers improved over time and they fixed the lag. I already pre-ordered the digital deluxe edition and I plan on playing this game a lot as soon as it comes out.

Unholy123
Unholy123

I tried it, not bad it's got that new MMO smell where everythings not completely barren by millions of players having done it 3 billion times and now your the only one in lands from lvl 1-58 + the character classes have not all been mushed into one standard generic can do everything just spec it classes they actually have a bit of difference it's neat :P . . That being said nothing new about it other then that bioware style epic cutscenes and talking as thats what MMO's really needed another way to spend 5 minutes more on a grind quest. Hehe it's not bad not great, i'm not thrill about how it turns into an old bike after your 20th level your like ahh yes this... still I expect this to do well as it has a real nice feel and polish and I can see with added content to become a real contender for #1 spot if they don't blow it with some terrible update.

GDCalibur
GDCalibur

It was definitely one of the better Beta's that I have played. Hopefully this will translate over to release without too much trouble. Overall the game from the beta stand point was pretty good. I just hope that it carries through the entire game. Nothing worse then investing in a MMO only to have it burn out a few weeks in.

blueliquidplus
blueliquidplus

Looking forward to it... I logged a lot of hours on it during the beta but I got an email saying my preorder from months ago may be invalid due to insufficient stock... and if that is the case then I will not be playing it.

PrplMnkyDshwsr7
PrplMnkyDshwsr7

Played the beta, enjoyed it thoroughly convinced me to pre-order the standard edition (free month sub inc.) so I'll take it month by month and see if I want to stick with it. Coming from other MMO's not having an auto-attack was weird and took some getting used to.

Shawn45
Shawn45

I played it, did the first Flash Point. it was actually not that bad, the conversation were a ton of fun, and added a lot of depth. However, the ONLY thing this has going for it is the conversations. I've played WoW, WAR, Guild Wars, and FF14, and the gameplay is nothing new, and bored me to tears. If you're new to MMOs, this would be a great one to start with, but for a veteran who's burnt out, this doesn't offer nearly enough for you to get back into them.