Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Digital Dozen: 13 May 2014

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 11 May 2014.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played +/- %
11World of Warcraft 36.9 7,375-0.8
22Guild Wars 214.52,899-10.7
33Star Wars: The Old Republic10.12,027-18.0
44Elder Scrolls Online7.81,552-10.0
57EVE Online5.11,029+14.6
65Final Fantasy XIV4.9972-11.1
11--Lord of the Rings Online2.3462+43.5
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 19,988

The slow decline for Xfire continued Sunday, with members spending 2% less time playing its favorite MMORPGs than the weekend before.  The games leading the downward slide were Star Wars: The Old Republic (-444 hours) and Guild Wars 2 (-347 hours) while Wildstar lead the the game's seeing more interest with an increase of 566 hours.

Open Beta Begins - Wildstar launched its open beta last week and Carbine saw the interest from the Xfire community vault it into the middle of The Digital Dozen.  The beta ends next Sunday, which will give some indication of how well the game will do when it launches on 3 June.

Time's Almost Up - The trouble plagued launch of Elder Scrolls Online will see launch day players have to subscribe to the game this week to continue playing.  The extra five days of play time seem to have staunched the bleeding, but are the Xfire numbers high because people like using free stuff?  We'll find out next week.

Turning 11 - EVE Online experienced a nice gain in interest Sunday, spurred on by an in-game event to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the sci-fi sandbox MMORPG.  All players would receive a special edition Gecko superheavy drone for meeting specific targets, such as quantity of ore mined or ships killed.  As part of the celebration, CCP began by giving all players 3, with up to an additional 8 available if all targets were met.  As of this writing, it appears that players will only receive 4 of the 8 possible drones.

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