Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 7 August 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 5 August 2012.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played
11World of Warcraft 58.6 55,316
22Star Wars: The Old Republic8.58,025
44The Secret World4.94,642
54Eve Online4.13,873
66Metin 23.73,395
77Lord of the Rings Online3.02,853
88APB: Reloaded2.82,604
99Guild Wars2.42,291
1011Star Trek Online2.22,105
1112Maple Story2.22,093
1210Need For Speed World2.22,080
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday: 128,046
Last Sunday showed an unusual level of constancy in the amount of hours spent playing MMORPGs by the Xfire community with only a drop of 37 hours played over the previous Sunday.  The big gainer percentage-wise was The Secret World which saw its one-month anniversary attract 9% more playtime.  Sunday was a bad day for driving games as Need For Speed World (-13%) and APB: Reloaded (-11.7%) led the way for the losers.

How To Pay:  With many in the gaming media and blogs shouting how EA/Bioware's decision to turn Star Wars: The Old Republic into a free-to-play game I thought I'd list the payment methods for each of the games in The Digital Dozen to see which finanical models are most popular.
  1. World of Warcraft:  Box/Digital sales + monthly subscription.
  2. Star Wars: The Old Republic:  Box/Digital sales + month subscription until November, then box/digital sale + hybrid model (subscription optional)
  3. Aion:  Free-to-play + cash shop
  4. The Secret World:  Box/Digital sales + monthly subscription
  5. Eve Online:  Digital sales + monthly subscription (payable with in-game currency)
  6. Metin 2:  Free-to-play + cash shop
  7. Lord of the Rings Online:   Free-to-play + hybrid model (subscription optional + cash shop)
  8. APB: Reloaded:  Free-to-play + cash shop
  9. Guild Wars:  Box/Digital sales + cash shop
  10. Star Trek Online:  Free-to-play + hybrid model (subscription optional + cash shop)
  11. Maple Story:  Free-to-play + cash shop
  12. Need For Speed World:  Free-to-play + cash shop

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