Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Digital Dozen: 11 November 2014

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 9 November 2014.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

RankPrev WeekGameScoreHours Played+/- %
11World of Warcraft50.78,220-2.0
23Guild Wars 210.61,721+4.4
32Star Wars: The Old Republic8.21,340-19.9
55Final Fantasy XIV5.4876+4.4
64EVE Online4.2678-22.3
1011Lord of the Rings Online2.1344+35.4
1112APB: Reloaded1.5251+12.0
12--Maple Story1.3216+2.4
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 16,199

The Xfire community didn't change the amount of time it spent playing the most popular MMORPGs this weekend.  The 0.2% increase in hours played on Sunday compared to the week before was led by ArcheAge (+690 hours) while Star Wars: The Old Republic (-333 hours) experienced the biggest decline.  Maple Story made its first appearance on the list since mid-June, replacing Neverwinter.

Land Rush - Last week, ArcheAge's Aurora update launched on Tuesday in North America and Thursday in Europe.  Despite disconnection issues at launch that affected guilds ability to grab land on the new continent, the game saw the Xfire community double the time spent logged into the Trion product Sunday compared to the weekend before.

The Boost Is Over - This week saw Star Wars: The Old Republic fall back down to third on the list after a three-week run at number two.  The effects of the 12.32 times experience boost offer for pre-purchasing the Shadow of Revan expansion and subscribing for 30 days is probably winding down for the first wave of people to participate.  However, the offer does not expire until 1 December.

No Convention Bump? - Last week, Blizzard held it's annual BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, California.  Normally, I would expect World of Warcraft to get a bump in playtime from a successful event, but Sunday witnessed the Xfire community spend 2% less time logged into Azeroth.  Reports are that WoW was not mentioned as much as Blizzard chose to spotlight its newest games and the new Overwatch IP.  However, with Warlords of Draenor launching on Thursday, expect Xfire members to jump into the new content.


  1. Seems like the EVE numbers are skewed. -22 drop, but the ACU was u--a lot of people have been playing since last week.

  2. I wonder if "people traveling home from BlizzCon" had an impact on Sunday. Is there a large overlap between Xfire users and BlizzCon attendees? Questions we probably cannot answer.

  3. The percentages at this point for Xfire are out of wack, but the PCU did go from 46K on the 2nd down to 44K on Sunday.

  4. After a 2 week bump in the PCU, the numbers are on the decline again. Lots of people logged in over the days leading up to - and immediately following - the Phoebe release. Since then it seems to be getting back to "normal", where "normal" is a slow but steady drop in the daily PCU.