Monday, July 1, 2013

The Digital Dozen: 2 July 2013

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 30 June 2013.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played +/- %
11World of Warcraft 39.8 18,037-4.5
22Guild Wars 215.67,050-2.6
33Star Wars: The Old Republic12.05,418-2.9
44EVE Online5.62,513-0.9
99Planetside 22.81,249-0.1
1010Lord of the Rings Online2.71,219+10.0
1111Star Trek Online2.2980+4.3
12--Maple Story2.1943+2.6
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 45,277

The Xfire community saw a slight decline in the time it spent playing its 12 most popular MMORPGs.  The 2% decline basically occurred among the top games with no game experiencing a 10% or greater loss in play time.  Partially off-setting the decline were increases in the interest in Aion (20.7%) and Lord of the Rings Online (10%).

Another Week, Another Expansion - Last week saw the launch of Aion's latest expansion, Dark Betrayal.  Two new classes should have brought people to try the game, and it did, at least in the Xfire community.

Natural Decline - RIFT lead all games in the percentage of playing time declining from the previous Sunday.  The Trion product's decline after hitting a peak with the launch of the F2P version three weeks ago is natural.  The thing to watch is whether RIFT has attracted new fans or if the game will slowly drop off the list again.

Mid-Year List - I was curious to see how games have performed now that 2013 is half over so I put together a list of games ranked by the average Digital Dozen scores so far this year.  If a game was not on the list for a given week, it received a score of 0, even if the game had not yet launched.

Rank2012 RankGameAvg Score
11World of Warcraft39.3
22Guild Wars 217.9
33Star Wars: The Old Republic10.9
65EVE Online4.6
7NRPlanetside 23.0
88Lord of The Rings Online2.8
107APB: Reloaded1.9
116Metin 21.5
12NRThe War Z1.3

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