Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Digital Dozen: 16 December 2014

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 14 December 2014.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

RankPrev WeekGameScoreHours Played+/- %
11World of Warcraft63.712,715-12.4
22Star Wars: The Old Republic7.51,504-6.6
33Guild Wars 26.61,312-6.3
55EVE Online3.6716+6.9
66Final Fantasy XIV3.1615+1.3
1010Lord of the Rings Online1.7337+21.7
12--Metin 21.2246+75.7
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 19,975

Sunday saw Xfire players spending much less time playing World of Warcraft, which led to a 7.5% reduction in the amount hours the Xfire community spent playing its favorite MMORPGs.  The eleven games on the list not made by Activision/Blizzard actually saw an increase of 237 hours played, led by Aion (+117 hours).  Need for Speed: World dropped off the list, replaced by Metin 2.

Losing Interest.  The 12.4% decrease in the time Xfire members spent logged into World of Warcraft is more a function of players just spending less time playing rather than large amounts of players quitting.  Sunday's average time of 5.6 hours played per person is the first time the Xfire numbers show the average time dropping under 6 hours since the launch of Warlords of Draenor.

Winter Comes Early.  Aion led all games with a 117 hour increase in playtime by Xfire members.  Aion's winter event, which began on 10 December, runs through Christmas Eve.

Fate of Arum.  Tera witnessed a surge over the weekend as player began final preparations for the next expansion, Fate of Arun, which launches today.  Players experienced "Ultra-Hyper-Fire-Turbo-Time" for six hours each day on Saturday and Sunday, in which they experienced "super-extreme" MP regeneration and all ability cooldowns were reduced by 80%.

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