Yesterday Bioware announced the first ever Guild Summit for The Old Republic. Invited representatives from guilds all over the world will meet in Texas at the beginning of March to discuss the game with the developers themselves. It's great that Bioware are trying to nurture the community at this early stage, and it will be interesting to watch the feedback from the summit.
Yesterday also saw the release of the first ever subscriber figures for the game, made during Electronic Arts' Q3 FY12 Earnings Call to investors. The two key figures are that as of yesterday they have sold over 2 million copies of the game and have 1.7 million active subscribers. Make no mistake, these are impressive numbers (an 85% retention rate after the first month is very impressive for a new MMO), and EA state the game has exceeded their best estimates.
I'm not particularly bothered about how many people are subscribing to the game, as long as it is enough to drive further investment and development by Bioware, and these figures confirm that is the case (as well as being a nice reward for the developers after 6 years of work!).
For more information gleaned from the Earnings Call check out Darth Hater's write up, which includes more figures and the prepared comments from the suits at EA.
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