Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 27 November 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 25 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 38.9 32,617-5.8
22Guild Wars 221.317,855-32.8
33Star Wars: The Old Republic12.510,526-11.3
4--Planetside 26.75,608N/A
65Eve Online3.73,137+0.5
7T6Lord of the Rings Online3.12,613+1.1
8T6Metin 22.82,387-7.6
98The War Z (Alpha)2.42,004-12.4
109APB: Reloaded1.81,480-2.4
11--Need For Speed World1.51,278-0.8
1212Star Trek Online1.41,158-11.1
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday: 106,592
The Thanksgiving weekend in the United States took its toll on the gaming time of the Xfire community with 7.1% less time spent playing MMORPGs than the previous Sunday.  The games facing the biggest declines were Guild Wars 2 (-32.8%) and the two games that fell off the list, Maple Story (-21.5%) and Rift (-20.5%).  The three games that barely managed to defy the trend were Aion (+1.5%), Lord of the Rings Online (+1.1%) and Eve Online (+0.5%).

Planetside 2 debuts.  While the beta version of SOE's Planetside 2 made appearances on The Digital Dozen, the game made its release debut on the list at #4 Sunday.  Here are how some other games fared on their first full release weekend this year.
  • Guild Wars 2: Rank #1 - 92,946 hours played
  • Tera: Rank #3 - 9,039 hours played
  • The Secret World:  Rank #3 - 6,002 hours played.

Dog Bites Man.  Once again the Xfire community showed its fondness for shiny new objects is short-lived.  As expected GW2's The Lost Shores patch failed to maintain interest as playtime in the ArenaNet offering dropped 32.8%.  Trion didn't fare much better as Rift saw a 20.5% decrease in playtime less than two weeks after the launch of The Storm Legion expansion.  In comparison Bioware did rather well with the introduction of the free-to-play model to Star Wars: The Old Republic as the game only experienced an 11.3% decline in play.

1 comment:

  1. My purely anecdotal view of the TG weekend was that I had played myself out with marathon sessions on Friday and Saturday. So come Sunday the family went out to the park and then to see a movie.

    Last week's Lost Shore patch also coincided with a free trial invite which may have boosted numbers a bit beyond the call of the new content. That was, of course, missing this past Sunday.