Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 1 May 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 29 April 2012.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played
11World of Warcraft 56.1 75,149
22Star Wars: The Old Republic13.017,374
4NRGuild Wars 2 (Beta)5.47,269
54Eve Online3.54,684
66Lord Of The Rings Online2.83,774
77Metin 22.73,622
85APB: Reloaded2.63,453
9NRTera 2.43,277
108Guild Wars1.72,315
119Need For Speed World1.52,043
1211Star Trek: Online1.52,009
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday:178,926

New Kids On The Block:  Sunday saw the number of hours Xfire members play MMORPGs by 2% over the previous week.  Much of that increase is due to two games that make their debuts in The Digital Dozen this week, Guild Wars 2 and Tera.  Guild Wars 2 debuts at #4 with its first beta weekend.  This bodes well for the ArenaNet offering as Guild Wars still came in at #10 even with many of its players participating in the beta.  Tera makes its debut at #9 during its early access weekend for those who pre-ordered the game.  The official release is today.

The two games that dropped out of The Digital Dozen to make way for GW2 and Tera were Rift and Maple Story.

The Hulkageddon Effect:  What happens in a game when thousands of players start attacking other players who have no interest in fighting?  That is what is occurring now in Eve Online with the player-run Hulkageddon V event.  From 29 April to 29 May gankers will roam New Eden looking for unwary miners.  No place is safe, including the normally safer areas of high security space.

So how will that impact the amount of people actually playing Eve?  Sunday's numbers showed a 3.9% decrease in hours played in a week that saw an overall increase of 2%.

Starting next week I'll compare the hours played by the Xfire community vs the numbers provided by Eve Offline to see if there is a correlation.  The daily average numbers on Eve Offline are delayed by 7 days so I'll start making graphs next week.

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