Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Digital Dozen: 19 August 2014

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 10 August 2014.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

RankPrev WeekGameScoreHours Played+/- %
11World of Warcraft45.86,909+2.8
22Guild Wars 214.32,162-2.6
33Star Wars: The Old Republic8.51,278-14.9
44Final Fantasy XIV5.7853-7.1
55EVE Online4.7704+1.9
66Tera4.5672+3.2
7T7Aion3.9589+2.1
8T7Runescape3.4516-10.6
9--Neverwinter2.6394+85.0
109Wildstar2.4360-35.2
1111Lord of the Rings Online2.2334-7.2
1210Elder Scrolls Online2.0 302-36.0
 
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 15,073

For the fifth time of the last six Sundays, the amount of time Xfire players collectively spent playing MMORPGs fell between 15,000 and 16,000 hours.   Sunday's 2.8% decline in time played was led by Star Wars: The Old Republic (-223 hours) while games seeing the biggest gains was World of Warcraft (+189 hours) and Neverwinter (+181 hours).

Three More Months - Last Thursday, Blizzard announced the release date for World of Warcraft's next expansion, Warlords of Draenor.  Apparently, the news of new content, even three month's away, has members of the Xfire community excited, as the amount of time spent playing WoW increased by 2.8%.

Tyranny of Dragons - Neverwinter vaulted back onto the list after a one week absence on the strength of the release of Tyranny of Dragons on Thursday.  The game's fourth module introduced a new class, the Scourge Warlock, as well as the new Dragonborn race.

New Kids Off The Block?  Both Elder Scrolls Online (-170 hours) and Wildstar (-196 hours) continued their fall in popularity amongst Xfire members on Sunday.  The two newest AAA subscription games are in danger of falling off the list within the next month, although a lack of competitors may wind up allowing the two to stay.  Perhaps more worryingly for the two games is I could not find a ready event that would explain the big drops in interest this week.

3 comments:

  1. WildStar has been a "Good Try". They got a lot of stuff right, but they also got a lot of stuff wrong. My experience with WildStar; from the beginning lots of hype and excitement; while playing (first month when I could get on) lots of good play time and kept my interest; at the end things just didn't come together well and customer support completely ruined whatever little happiness I had left.

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  2. Xfire itself seemed to be having some issues over the weekend, or at least display of data was having issues. So maybe wait until next week to feel more sure the decline for W* was "real".

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  3. I checked the Raptr weekly numbers twice ; today, and 3 weeks earliers.
    I adjusted the difference in total play between the two period so I have coherent numbers to compare, and then checked the % difference between games. I was mostly looking to check Wildstar evolution on another source.

    Here's the results (evolution of Raptr numbers on 3 weeks) :






    1
    WOW
    7%


    2
    FF14
    -8%


    3
    GW2
    0%


    4
    SW:TOR
    -44%


    5
    TESO (*)
    9%


    6
    ArchAge
    -15%


    7
    WS
    -14%


    8
    EVE
    23%


    9
    NeverW
    -6%


    10
    TERA (*)
    -2%


    11
    Rift
    -5%


    12
    STO
    58%


    13
    Aion
    -6%




    Total
    8%

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