Star Wars: The Old Republic hits a million players, logging 28 million hours
by Jeff Mattas, shacknews.com, Dec 23, 2011 5:15PM PST
Perhaps you've heard of a little MMO called Star Wars: The Old Republic that recently launched. Electronic Arts, BioWare, and LucasArts have released some impressive player-driven statistics for the game, which speak directly to just how quickly folks are taking to the game, and how much they're enjoying the historical sci-fi epic.
According to the press-release, over one million registered players have created 3.8 million characters since launch. Saber-wielding tanks seem to be the favorite (I mean, who doesn't want to swing a lightsaber?) with 510,000 Jedi Knights and 550,000 Sith Warriors having been rolled.
Twenty-eight million game hours have been logged by players so far, with the average play time clocking in at more than 5 hours per session. We're not entirely sure if this figure includes times spent waiting in server queues, but it's a pretty impressive stat, nonetheless.
The most humorous stat relates to the game's poor NPCs, who seemingly can't catch a break. Over two billion computer-controlled denizens have been slaughtered by players since early access to the game began.
"Already over a million players strong after our Dec 20th launch, The Old Republic has become the fastest growing subscription MMO in the history of our industry," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, General Manager of EA's BioWare label and BioWare co-founder.
For more about SWTOR, feel free to give my personal early impressions of the game a read, which have been quite positive, so far.