The future is not looking bright for the Jedi and Sith currently entwined in intergalactic conflict. Earlier this month it was reported that the world’s most expensive video game ever developed had lost 25% of its subscriber base since its launch in early December 2011. Now we are finding out just how barren the sands of Tatooine really are.
It was once called the “fastest growing MMO of all time” and the always humorous “WoW-killer,” but it looks like even the most hyped games are capable of fizzling out at an alarming rate. Forum-goer Scorpienne took the time to see just how many players are currently active on each server. Using website torstatus.net and his good ol’ fashioned noggin, he came to some shocking results.
Between 79 PVP, 111 PvE, 6 RP-PvP, and 18 RP-PvE servers, there are only 73693 active subscribers. Out of all 214 servers, there’s only an average online population of 344. It’s absolutely heartbreaking that one of the best single player games with a paid subscription model is incapable of luring new space cadets into its Winnebago.
Even if Bioware merges the majority of The Old Republic servers, I don’t think it would help at this point. The hype is gone and the problems persist. Maybe going free-to-play would save this single player MMO from its unfortunate fate, but I think it’s time to comb the desert for a new space MMO.