Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Digital Dozen: 29 April 2014

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 27 April 2014.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played +/- %
11World of Warcraft 40.7 7,835+10.1
22Guild Wars 217.73,401-5.3
33Star Wars: The Old Republic8.61,649-15.3
44Final Fantasy XIV6.31,217-1.1
67EVE Online4.4848+3.8
75Elder Scrolls Online4.2806-15.2
1111Lord Of The Rings Online2.2430-20.7
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 19,227

Xfire has apparently fixed its technical issues, with the number of hours the Xfire community spent playing its favorite MMORPGs only declining 1.1% on Sunday compared to the previous week.  A big surge in World of Warcraft play (+719 hours) was offset by a general decline led by Planetside 2 (-503 hours) and Star Wars: The Old Republic (-297 hours).  PS2 fell off the list for the first time since mid-December and was replaced by Runescape.

Out Of Game Excitement - The news didn't mention that anything happened within World of Warcraft last week, but Blizzard is generating news outside the game.  In addition to the Azeroth Choppers series launching, Blizzard announced that BlizzCon will occur on 7-8 November and released the alpha patch notes for Warlords of Draenor.

Content Completed - At the beginning of the month, Bioware launched patch 2.7 for Star Wars: The Old Republic.  Sunday saw a drop of 15.3% in the number of hours played in the game.  But expect a comeback as next Sunday is Star Wars Day (May 4th).

Offers Expired - Sunday saw the expected drops in play once a holiday weekend passes.  Planetside 2 fell off the list after a Double XP weekend to mark the Easter holiday.  RIFT also experienced a big percentage decline (-21.4%) a week after its Gift of Spring promotion Easter weekend.


  1. And ESO fell to 7th place, but you made no comment...

    1. I should have noted in today's post that I'm in Iceland attending CCP's Fanfest. I usually only post three snippets anyway, but I didn't want to come across as an EVE fanboi by pointing out that EVE Online was more popular than ESO.

      Also, I heard there was a second duping exploit that could have explained the declining numbers. A second week of poor ESO numbers will indicate a game in some trouble. With the ending of a potential strike by airport workers in Iceland, I should be able to get home to write that segment next week if the downward trend continues.