The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 9 June 2013. For more details about the methodology, click here. Historical data can be found here.
|Rank||Prev Week||Game||Score||Hours Played||+/- %|
|1||1||World of Warcraft||40.5||18,359||-11.6|
|2||2||Guild Wars 2||16.6||7,512||-5.4|
|3||3||Star Wars: The Old Republic||9.9||4,505||-15.9|
|10||--||Lord of the Rings Online||2.4||1,090||+5.7|
|11||12||Star Trek Online||2.1||973||-8.7|
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 45,327
On Sunday Xfire possibly had difficulty recording the time spent by the community playing MMORPGs. The total time declined by 10.1%, with 7 games suffering declines over 10%. The games leading the decline were Tera (-25.4%) and Aion (-23.4%) while RIFT was the big mover up with an increase of 69.9%.
F2P Launch - Trion officially launched the free-to-play version of RIFT last Wednesday. As is usually the case the popularity of the game rose dramatically as players rushed to try the game. However, the game only made it to the number 6 slot on the list, which does not bode well for its long term health. Of course, with the game so closely tied to Raptr, the numbers on Xfire are probably lower than reality.
Left Behind - As RIFT rose, two other fantasy F2P games, Tera and Aion, fell over 20% each. While the apparent technical difficulties affected most games, the fact that Tera and Aion led the pack indicates that a lot of players decided to go sightseeing in RIFT. The question is how long will those players stay away.