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The Old Republic Losing Subs; Gaining Add-ons

Electronic Arts' Q4 FY12 and FY12 Financial Results are now online, offering balance sheets on the gaming giant along with tidbits of information about their operations. They report all-time high non-GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion for the fiscal year, and a jump in digital non-GAAP revenue of 47% to $1.2 billion. Included is a note saying Star Wars: The Old Republic has 1.3 million active subscribers, which Ars notes is down from a reported 1.7 million in March, confirming speculation the game has been losing subscribers. They also report n a post-earnings conference call where EA Labels President Frank Gibeau said the drop was consistent with their "original assumptions" about the Star Wars MMORPG's post-launch prospects, though he also stated EA "intends to increase subscribers" with continual upgrades, including new guild features, player vs. player improvements, and "elder gameplay" for high-level players. EA also announces two new content packs, "Legacy" and "Allies," will be coming to the game this quarter.

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71. Re: The Old Republic Losing Subs; Gaining Add-ons May 14, 2012, 18:16 Flatline
Silicon Avatar wrote on May 7, 2012, 20:59:
All I want out of a Star Wars style MMO is X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter: The MMO.

I'm still waiting.

Jesus tell me about it.

I wrote a design document for shits & giggles on how I'd accomplish a new Star Wars X-Wing game.

First off, you'd need a 64 player minimum per battle/instance. Just that simple. Preferably 128 or even more if you could manage it (if you're doing MMO then it's doable). If we're dealing with more than 64 players per battle, maps need to be *big* so that you'll have skirmish pockets here and there.

The x-wing games, even including Alliance, pretty much had the space combat "feel" down pat. No need to go and fuck that up.

The game is heavily social, with pilots joining squadrons which take the place of guilds. Each squadron is assigned it's own base capital ship that works like a guild hall. Squadron leaders create wings, or teams, that you can assign mission targets to.

Experience is tracked in two ways... Individual performance and accomplishing objectives.

Squadrons actually physically move around the map in their capital ship. If you want to PvP them, you have to hunt them down and engage them.

I originally had this dream where you could nominate 1 person to be the squadron commander in a mission and they'd drop out of flying to get an RTS battle map where they could set waypoints, create objectives, reassign objectives, and direct reinforcements real-time during the game, Ender's Game style.

It should be doable, and probably even economical compared to how much most MMOs cost these days. You're not designing billions of square feet of terrain, or thousands of unique mission scripts. We've already seen that games like Tribes still have enough of a following to make money, I don't see why a space combat Tie/x-wing sim wouldn't make bank.
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