‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ subscriber numbers fall faster than lasso-legged At-Ats

star wars the old republic subscriber numbers fall faster that lasso legged at ats theoldrepublicThe Force, it seems, isn’t particularly strong in Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA’s latest earnings report shows that the MMO game has lost an almost 25 percent of its subscribers in a matter of months. Is it time to think about calling 2-1B in for a consult?

In today’s report, EA announced a figure of 1.3 million subscribers to the troubled game, down from its peak of 1.7 million in February. The drop was played down, with EA Labels President Frank Gibeau describing the fall as being in line with “original assumptions” about how the game would fare post-launch. The drop, he suggested, was due to the audience shifting from a more general Star Wars fan as curious about the mythology and settings of The Old Republic as the game itself to a more hardcore gaming demographic: “As the service evolves, some of those initial casual customers have gone through a billing cycle and decided not to subscribe,” he explained.

That’s certainly possible – Although, surely, it would’ve been hoped that the game would’ve been something that could have transformed general Star Wars fans into gamers – but the drop in subscribers is nonetheless worrying considering the cost (Estimated between $150 million and $200 million in development costs alone) and time (More than five years between conception and the December 2011 launch, if reports are to be believed; there were three years between the project’s original announcement and the game launch) EA has invested in the project.

There’s been concern for some time about the health of the game, with lead writer Daniel Erickson telling PC Gamer last month that EA and developer BioWare were doing “anything and everything” to increase the number of concurrent users at peak playing times. “Nothing is off the table when it comes to making sure our communities are strong and active on each server,” he was reported as saying at the time, while simultaneously denying that subscriber numbers had fallen since the 1.7 million figure had been announced.

Downplaying the idea that the project could be in trouble, EA CEO John Riccitiello called the game “stable, profitable” and added that the company has “strong plans” to grow the game and community over the next fiscal year (Part of those plans are two new content packs for the game, called Legacy and Allies that will be available soon). There’s math that we don’t know at play here, perhaps: Riccitiello has previously hinted that SW:TOR could remain profitable with as few as 500,000 subscribers).

Of course, there are always the lessons to be learned from the movies themselves. If subscriber numbers continue to fall at the rate that they have been, don’t be too surprised if Star Wars: The Old Republic 3D is announced sooner rather than later.


Goodbye, Essential? Android creator’s startup cuts nearly a third of its staff

Essential has cut as much as 30 percent of its workforce, suggesting that it may be in more trouble than previously thought. The news comes a few months after the company reportedly canceled a follow-up to the Essential Phone.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (November 2018)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in October and November 2018, from new original series to classic films.

Lyft has a new fixed-price subscription plan for frequent passengers

Lyft wants you to save money by using rideshare services instead of owning a car. The new Lyft All-Access Plan monthly rideshare trip subscription includes 30 rides a month with a small discount for additional trips.
Movies & TV

New 'Mandalorian' photo links series to Boba Fett and 'Star Wars Holiday Special'

Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service will be titled The Mandalorian. The series will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.

‘Fortnite’ in-game tournaments will give you the chance to beat the pros

Epic Games is introducing in-game tournaments to Fortnite. The initial schedule includes five tournaments, with commemorative pins going to the victors. Down the road, the pins might grant you access into additional rounds.

Here's how you can keep up with your favorite streamers at TwitchCon 2018

From sessions with your favorite streamers to epic Esports tournaments, there's plenty to look forward to at this year's TwitchCon 2018. We cover how you can attend, where you can watch if you can't, and which events you don't want to miss.
Product Review

'Black Ops 4' outshines the games it copies with that Call of Duty polish

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s omission of a campaign could have been a deal breaker, but multiplayer, Zombies, and the new Blackout mode make it one of the best shooters of the year.

Monsters you get in ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go’ can be transferred to the next main RPG

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eeevee! monsters will be able to be transferred to the next main Pokémon RPG on Switch, according to game director Junichi Masuda.

Turbo-powered Quadcrasher crashes the party in new ‘Fortnite’ update 6.01

Season 6, week 4 marks the arrival of Fortnite update 6.10 patch notes. It brings with it the arrival of the new Quadcrasher vehicle, in-game tournaments, a ton of Save the World additions, and much more.

What you should know about 'Red Dead Redemption 2' before it launches

The long-awaited (and long-rumored) sequel to Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption is confirmed. Red Dead Redemption 2 will arrive next spring. Here's everything we've heard about the game so far.

PS4 ‘Spider-Man’ game gets ‘The Heist’ DLC, new costumes on October 23

The first downloadable content pack for Marvel's Spider-Man, The Heist, is out October 23. The pack adds three new suits for Spider-Man to wear, and its story focuses on Felicia Hardy.

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.

Tired of waiting for the PlayStation Classic? Try one of these PS1 emulators

It's not always easy to get ahold of original PlayStation titles due to pricing and general availability. Emulators can solve that problem. Here are the top five PlayStation emulators.

Epic Games sues ‘Fortnite’ YouTuber creators over cheating software

Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against two YouTube users for their role in promoting cheating and hacking tools for Fortnite via a YouTube channel and personal website. As of now, the channel is still live.