|Rank||Prev Week||Game||Score||Hours Played||+/- %|
|1||1||World of Warcraft||45.1||38,051||-9.8|
|2||2||Guild Wars 2||23.8||20,043||-10.7|
|3||3||Star Wars: The Old Republic||6.3||5,325||+7.8|
|5||4||The War Z (Alpha)||4.0||3,400||-5.5|
|7||8||Lord of the Rings Online||3.3||2,758||+1.3|
|10||10||Planetside 2 (Beta)||1.6||1,349||-14.8|
|11||12||Need For Speed World||1.4||1,184||+0.4|
Many players who use Xfire apparently took Sunday off as the number of hours spent playing MMORPGs fell by 12.1%. The non-beta games that saw the biggest decreases were Maple Story (-46.1%), Guild Wars 2 (-10.7%) and Metin 2 (-10.2%). Games bucking the downward trend were led by Mabinogi (+8.9%), Star Wars: The Old Republic (+7.8%) and Eve Online (+6.1%).
Technical Difficulties? I wonder if Xfire was experiencing some technical difficulties this past weekend that lowered the numbers for some games. For example, Star Trek Online fell from 1026 hours played on 4 November down to 11 hours Sunday.
A Week Early - I was not expecting big declines in World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 until next weekend due to Star Wars: The Old Republic going free-to-play on 15 November. I think a lot of players who tried SW:TOR but then left for WoW or GW2 will return to SW:TOR if only to finish up some of the stories. I doubt that SW:TOR will surpass GW2 but stranger things have happened.
Seven Days And Counting - Another F2P game scheduled to launch next week should shake up the listings. Planetside 2 launches on 20 November and opened its servers 24/7 last weekend. The beta still saw 14.8% fewer hours played Sunday compared to the week before but hopefully the bugs will be worked out for the final beta weekend.