Aug 12, 2011

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Analyst: The Old Republic Will Sell 3 Million in its First Year

Analyst: The Old Republic Will Sell 3 Million in its First Year

Star Wars: The Old Republic is an upcoming MMO from RPG behemoth BioWare. Fans are eagerly awaiting its release but some analysts earlier this year were expecting SWOTR to get off to a slow start. Now it seems that an increase in pre-orders has boosted analyst confidence in the title with one company expecting The Old Republic to sell roughly 3 million units in its first year.

Doug Cruetz and Jason Mueller of Cowen and Company noticed a strong increase in pre-orders for the title on Amazon and the stats suggest that The Old Republic is trending  “well or better” than StarCraft 2 and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, both titles sold over 4 million units each.

They also believe that the game could have 2 million subscribers in total during the first year; not bad for the first year of a new MMO. While analysts and gamers seem more enthusiastic about the upcoming MMO, we have to remember that the first year isn’t going to be smooth sailing. Even the best MMORPG’s have to go through a learning periods releasing patch after patch to smooth out the game. So if you plan on jumping in right away to the world of The Old Republic you might want to keep in mind that it’s going to be a buggy game during the first year.

As a side note, the analyst reports that Baffield 3 is also “tracking well ahead of its launch” and will sell 11 million units in the first year, still lower than the predictions for Activision’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

[Source: gamasutra]