Photo-Receptor Focus on: TOR Subscriptions
There’s a lot of buzz happening in the community lately. What with layoffs, the announcement of 1.3, loss of subscriptions and various other happenings in the Star Wars universe, the trolls are out in full force and the fanboys and fangirls are staunchly defending their game. So what does all of this mean?
More after the jump…
The doom and gloomers insists the game is on its way out. I think it’s way too early to even think of making that sort of prediction. Of course, keep in mind, these are the same people who were saying the same thing the first week of launch. I think we can safely disregard their opinions. Sorry, doom and gloomers, you haven’t convinced me. In spite of your persistent and negative posts on the official forums, your rhetoric is falling on deaf ears. At least mine.
Okay, you say, but what about the loss of subscriptions? Fine, let’s take a look at those. Frankly, subscription loss is to be expected. Yes, you say, but so many? Yes, my padawans, even so many. And here’s why.
The Star Wars name brought in a lot of people who were not MMO gamers. They were simply drawn in by the Star Wars name. Some of those folks may have stayed, but I’m guessing a lot more did not. Nor would I expect them to, since they’re not real gamers. They came, they played, they went away and probably not to other games.
You also have the gamer contingent that is going to go to any and every new game out there. They inflate the numbers in the beginning, but they quickly burn out, become bored and move on. They bounce from game to game to game. Again, I think the Star Wars name inflated this group in the beginning. So, when they did their usual move on to the next game, it was a larger group that left.
You have a very large PVP group whose defection was based on valid reasons. PVP had some unique and fun aspects to it, but there were a lot more problems in other PVP areas that were not addressed soon enough. Those players are gone and I doubt many of them will return. Unless, of course, Bioware can come up with some ideas that will bring them back in force.
The next group to leave were those who came in with high expectations and were disappointed when things were not fixed as quickly as they thought they should be. Their reasons are valid, but I think they jumped the gun. Some of these folks may return, once Bioware adds new content and features.
I’m sure there are many other reasons as to why people left the game, but I think these are the biggest groups of people. Did I miss anyone? Feel free to comment below.
So who does that leave? The core of people who love the game and want to see it grow. New games take time to evolve and we haven’t had enough evolution time. We aren’t even at six months after launch, yet. Yes, I agree, there were a lot of things that should’ve been in the game at launch. But they weren’t in the game. So, I’m going to get over it. I’ll continue to ask for those things and wait for Bioware to put them in.
And I’m not ready to go anywhere. None of the new games have even tempted me. I’m still enjoying SWTOR. Yes, I have my concerns, but I’m willing to give Bioware more time to work on these things.
That’s my two credits. What’s yours?
Ready… Set… Discuss…