Wednesday, February 4, 2009

News Filter: 300K People Still Playing WAR

  • Just this week, someone digging through the EA's financial report that Warhammer Online has a subsciption base of over 300,000. That's a good sized number compared to other games. Of course, they bragged about 750,000 subscriptions at launch and over a million box sales. To still have 300,000 this long after launch seems to place Mythic in a decent position.

  • The model that Mythic wants to follow is CCP and Turbine. EVE Online had a rocky launch but put in a lot of work. Through word of mouth, they have built up a sizable following and are known as an industry leader in PvP and sandbox MMOs.

  • Lord of the Rings Online was a game that many people wrote off as just-another-WoW-clone. But Turbine has added and added and added to the game until it has become a genuine option for disaffected WoW players.

  • With all the announcements Mythic have made, it sounds like they are moving in the right direction. Of course, with a new round of layoffs just announced, I hope it is not too late to turn the game around.

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