Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 13 November 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 4 November 2012.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played +/- %
11World of Warcraft 45.1 38,051-9.8
22Guild Wars 223.820,043-10.7
33Star Wars: The Old Republic6.35,325+7.8
54The War Z (Alpha)4.03,400-5.5
66Eve Online3.83,184+6.1
78Lord of the Rings Online3.32,758+1.3
87Metin 23.02,519-10.2
99APB: Reloaded2.31,974-2.9
1010Planetside 2 (Beta)1.61,349-14.8
1112Need For Speed World1.41,184+0.4
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday: 106,585
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.

1 comment:

  1. I think you're seeing the result of internal problems with WoW. The game is having serious issues right now.