The gaming industry is pretty morbid when you get right down to it. 2011 has seen several people predicting the death of the MMO market and the death of subscription games, often times in the same sentence. But according to analyst Colin Sebastian
, the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic
makes it clear that these reports of death have been greatly exaggerated
. As Sebastian puts it, the unprecedented growth of SWTOR
's player figures indicates that the market still possesses a demand for new games and still responds favorably.
Sebastian goes on to predict that the game will likely move around three million units by March 2012, the end of the fiscal year, although he believes that staying power is a bit more questionable. He believes that predictions of up to two million paying users by the end of 2012 might be overly optimistic. That having been said, the game has certainly come out of the gate with real strength; it only remains to be seen if it can maintain that