Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Digital Dozen: 23 September 2014

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 21 September 2014.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

RankPrev WeekGameScoreHours Played+/- %
11World of Warcraft45.76,701-0.5
22Guild Wars 211.81,725-6.0
33Star Wars: The Old Republic11.41,674+6.5
55Final Fantasy XIV5.3782+11.7
64EVE Online4.5659-13.4
109Lord of the Rings Online2.3341-9.3
1111Planetside 21.8271+3.0
12--Elder Scrolls Online1.8 259+43.1
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 14,647

Sunday saw another slight increase in the amount of time the Xfire community spent playing its favorite MMORPGs.  This weekend's 2.5% increase in hours playing games was lead by ArcheAge (+621 hours) while the games facing the biggest drop in interest were Guild Wars 2 (-110 hours) and EVE Online (-102 hours).  Elder Scrolls Online returns to the list after a three week absence, replacing Neverwinter.

Too Popular - ArcheAge has had a rocky start, with server issues and extremely long queues to enter the game.  Still, the Asian import published by Trion in the west rose up to fourth on the list this week.  The game may wind up having some staying power, if only because people will finally have a chance to log in once the queues go down.

Attracting The Wrong Type Of Attention - Yesterday CCP published a statement on their official forums acknowledging that for the past few weeks that EVE Online has experienced a series of DDoS attacks.  One of those attacks hit on Sunday during a time that traditionally has the highest number of players logged in.  That is most likely the reason for EVE's drop in hours played this week.

Back On The List - Elder Scrolls Online is back on the list after a three week absence.  On 16 September, Zenimax released Update 4, which introduced a new area, a new trial, and ten arenas in both Normal and Veteran Mode.

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