I now have seven weeks of Xfire stats, so there’s a nice little pool of data available to add to. Let’s see what’s happening in the world of approximate statistics this week:
|1||1||World of Warcraft||21,396,126||24,735,978||86,498|
|4||17||Lord of the Rings Online||22,626||808,935||2,797|
|5||26||Aion (Not Launched)||21,928||653,589||3,355|
|6||25||Runes of Magic||19,192||669,651||2,866|
|7||29||Age of Conan||14,584||613,800||2,376|
|12||91||Star Wars Galaxies||876||157,050||558|
|19||179||Dark Age of Camelot||54||36,780||148|
|22||281||Pirates of the Burning Sea||16||21,097||76|
|25||471||Chronicles of Spellborn||2||5,018||39|
First off, the big thing that I immediately notice is that Age of Conan has surpassed Warhammer Online in every department: Minutes played, users per day, Xfire ranking, and my ranking. Interesting. Probably temporary, too… but, Age of Conan is trending upward, while Warhammer is trending downward. There’s obvious reasosn for the spike this week; AoC released Tarantia Commons in a major patch, and then offered lapsed subscribers some free time, but the larger, still-emerging trend is is upward, even though its numbers right now are likely a bit inflated. It’ll be interesting to see how long this situation lasts.
Aion performs very strongly again in a Beta week. This is going to perform extremely well on release, certainly comparably to AoC and WAR, if not better. We’ll see if it holds up; my sense is that interest in it is waning at exactly the wrong time, but that doesn’t mean I think it won’t still do very well; I think it’ll surpass EVE Online, but won’t stay there, shifting into WAR/AoC/LotRO-like numbers, likely at the top of that stratum.
Vanguard is moving upward again, likely as Station Pass subscribers move away from EQ2 as interest in the recent game update fades. This is good, becuase Vanguard’s numbers were scary-looking for a couple of weeks.
EVE Online maintains its number 2 subscription MMO position, and number 3 overall, behind Guild Wars. The numbers for both games go up this week.
After weeks of decline, Darkfall jumps with the arrival of the North American server – but not very much – it’s lower after its big push than it was 6 weeks ago. This is a bad sign, and Darkfall is moving deeper into niche territory.