The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 17 November 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||45.9||14,796||+3.5|
|2||2||Guild Wars 2||14.6||4,700||+5.6|
|3||3||Star Wars: The Old Republic||9.2||2,982||+2.2|
|4||4||Final Fantasy XIV||7.1||2,297||-17.9|
|9||9||Lord of the Rings Online||2.7||873||-12.5|
|11||12||Infestation: Survivor Stories||1.9||604||+11.6|
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 32,245
The Xfire community for the eighth time in nine weeks spent less time playing MMORPGs Sunday than the week before. But in a sign that interest may pick up again, the decline was only 0.4%. Last week's #11 ranked game, APB: Reloaded, dropped off the list this week while Neverwinter made its first appearance in The Digital Dozen in four weeks.
Blizzcon Bump - While World of Warcraft lost 100,000 subscribers in the third quarter, the game is taking up a bigger and bigger share of the play time of the Xfire community. Following Blizzcon, WoW achieved its highest Digital Dozen score since getting a 46.4 on 4 November 2012.
OMFG! - On 12 November SOE released phase one of Operation: Make Faster Game for Planetside 2. Apparently the optimization patch worked as the Xfire community spent 20.8% more hours playing the game on Sunday compared to the previous weekend.
Calm Before The Storm? - Two days before the launch of the Rubicon expansion, EVE Online experienced an 18.5% decline in the hours played by the Xfire community. Are players just waiting for the new ships and putting activity on hold? I went back to the Sunday before the summer expansion Odyssey launched, but that gave no clues to any trends and the Tranquility shard suffered a DDoS attack that day. I guess an 18.5% drop is actually an improvement.