Following the free-to-play announcement, many gamers were quick to mark Star Wars: The Old Republic
as a broken shell of a game, with its business model conversion serving as the last gasp of a game in danger of imminent shutdown. The facts do not support that particular viewpoint. According to the most recent Electronic Arts
earning call, the game has more than doubled its revenue
since the conversion in November of last year.
EA president Frank Gibeau
stated in the most recent earnings call
that the game's subscriber numbers have remained stable, with more than 1.7 million new players joining the game via the free option. He also restated that the game is aiming to keep up a content delivery schedule around every six weeks. So if you were getting a bit nervous about the long-term viability of SWTOR
, it looks like you can rest a bit more easily.