Is EA reaching for the stars? Star Wars MMO needs 500,000 players to turn profit

Star Wars TOR - playwisegaming.comBioWare’s “Star Wars: The Old Republic” is expected to release Q2 of this year and needs a staggering 500,000 subscribers to turn a mediocre amount of profitprofit.

During a call to investors, Eric Brown, the Chief Financial Officer of Electronic Arts, said that any number of subscribers over 500,000 would be “substantially profitable, but not the kind of thing [EA] would write home about.”

He went on to add that, “Anything north of a million subscribers it’s a very profitable business.”

This isn’t surprising, considering that the development cost for the game has been rumored to reach upwards of $300 million dollars. However, these rumors have been denied by EA and Brown himself.

Brown said, “There’s been a fair amount of talk on various blogs, describing spends that are vastly higher than anything we’ve ever put in place. So, don’t read gamer blogs as having any substance.”

Aside from fiscal responsibilities and rumors, “The Old Republic” is shaping up fairly well. Star Wars games have had an up and down track record that seems to hinder the ability to speculate success. The source material seems ideal for an MMO setting — it just needs the right treatment from the right people.

Although playWISE hasn’t been lucky enough to have any hands on time with the game, we have been impressed with its ambitious mechanics. If anything will get us excited about an MMO, it’s BioWare.

You can bet that we’ll account for at least a couple of those 500,000 subscribers.

Image Credit: BioWare

1 Response to “Is EA reaching for the stars? Star Wars MMO needs 500,000 players to turn profit”

  1. November 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks for finally talking about >Is EA reaching for the stars?

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