Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 11 September 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 9 September 2012.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played +/- %
11Guild Wars 2 59.8 79,407-14.6
22World of Warcraft19.125,400+1.5
33Star Wars: The Old Republic4.15,462-7.8
56Eve Online2.43,233+5.8
65Metin 22.33,055-13.3
77Lord of the Rings Online2.02,642+1.0
88APB: Reloaded1.92,504+7.5
99Need For Speed World1.52,005+9.3
1010Maple Story1.31,729-2.5
12--Star Trek Online1.11,441+2.6
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday: 159,452
The unofficial end of summer saw the time spent playing MMORPGs by the Xfire community drop by 9.3% Sunday over the previous week.  The big gainers percentage-wise were the driving games Need For Speed World (+9.3%) and APB: Reloaded (+7.5%).  These gains were more than offset by The Secret World's disappearance from The Digital Dozen (-26%) and big drops by Guild Wars 2 (-14.6%) and Metin 2 (-13.3%).
Gamers Held Hostage, Week 2 -  Part of the reason for Guild Wars 2's drop in play was ArenaNet's decision to stop selling copies via digital downloads on 30 August.  Apparently the numbers have declined enough that ArenaNet has begun online sales again yesterday.

More Bad News For Funcom - The Secret World's big drop Sunday is just part of a larger string of bad news for the modern-day niche MMO.  Following Funcom's layoffs last month came yesterday's news that TSW's lead designer Martin Bruusgaard is no longer with the company.

More Validation For Xfire - While the Xfire numbers are not reliable to tell how many players are playing a game, they are good for determining trends.  The latest example is Tera, whose trend was diving toward the cellar.  Tera's last appearance on the list was 24 July.  Last week En Masse announced server merges from eleven servers down to three, confirming Tera's downward spiral.

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