Star Wars: The Old Republic sells 2M, has 1.7M active subs

BioWare's space-faring MMORPG off to solid start, easily eclipsing the 500,000-subscriber threshold needed to become profitable.

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BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic has hit the ground running. As part of its holiday-quarter financial announcement this afternoon, publisher Electronic Arts announced that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game has sold more than 2 million copies.

The Force has been strong with The Old Republic.

Additionally, of the 2 million copies sold, EA said 1.7 million are "active" subscribers of The Old Republic. That figure is well ahead of the 500,000 subscribers EA previously said it needed to make the game "substantially profitable."

"Star Wars: The Old Republic is developing a committed community of players," EA CEO John Riccitiello said of the game's launch and success thus far. Riccitiello also reiterated that The Old Republic is the "fastest growing subscription MMO in history."

The Old Republic--which reportedly cost $200 million to develop--was released in December to a warm critical reception after six years of development. The game welcomed its first content expansion--Rise of the Rakghouls--last month.

For more on Star Wars: The Old Republic, check out GameSpot's review.

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