Maybe with Dead Space 3 being in a snowy environment, it may actually be scary.
Tidbits From Electronic Arts' Q4 Financial Results
- 11 million users are currently using Origin, and the service generated $150 million in 10 months.
You people make me sick. In fact I make me sick. Fucking EA.
Eh, I'd say those numbers go to show people aren't really using origin. I mean the average selling price would be less than $14 if every user had even bought a single game. Since the majority of that is probably BF3/TOR/ME3, it means around 3/4ths of that 11 million haven't bought anything. (150/60=2.5.......2.5/11=23% [assuming every game sold on origin was at $60 and no person bought more than one game. Obviously it gets fuzzier since some people would have bought cheap stuff, some $80 deluxe editions, some DLC, etc.]) Maybe even less if they are counting Old Republic 60 day time codes bought through origin.
It's gotten better. Last time these numbers went out it worked out to be like $5 per Origin user. But yeah, while 150 million can't be ignored, it's not exactly a rousing success.
From my "back of the envelop" math, Star Wars The Old Republic has lost about 25% of its subscribers since March. I'm not saying they are DOOOOOOMED but they aren't flying high either.
And that also reminds me that this the game where the producers boldly stated they weren't going to settle for a distant second place.
Considering all of the hyperventilating fan boys who were convinced that TOR was the death of WoW it's definitely DOOOOOOOOM for them.
Also, I'm surprised to see that 11 million people decided to use Origin - I wonder what that number would have looked like, if games were not exclusively sold through there. I also wonder what the sales would have looked like.
And by that, I mean that Steam currently has over 40 million active accounts - imagine if Battlefield 3 was made available to 40 million potential customers, rather than 11 million. But they have to peddle their delivery software somehow.
my thoughts exactly. I wonder what Bf3 and Mass Effects pc sales would have been if they had been on steam.
Doubt it would have been dramatic for ME. The dirty little secret is that for all the accolades it's never exactly sold that great anyways and that goes double for PC.
"Star Wars: The Old Republic subscriptions are down 400,000 users, from 1.7 million to 1.3 million. EA claimed that was in line with expectations." Translation-"Yeah, we figured that once everyone learned there was no endgame, and SWTOR was essentially WoW-in-space, they would leave"
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Party on @patrickklepek.
Unless you company is rolling in the dough, then layoffs are a fairly typical cost cutting measure. Sucks to see people lose their jobs, but can't fully blame EA alone for it. If they make less money, they have to spend less money.
Same shit is happening is the small business I work for. We have cut back employees hours and services for our customers to try and get a grip on costs. Not an easy thing to do in the services industry. Here's hoping they all get nice severance packages that get them through until they find a new place to work.
@Gordo789: I dont buy EA games anymore. They are pretty games, not much more than that. I had to FORCE myself to finish crysis 2. ugh never again EA, never again. Ill take any game made by Rockstar anyday over an EA game.
I have a love-hate relationship with them. I hate what they did with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, you know, with the terrible sequels and all, but at the same time I want a sequel to Mirror's Edge which will never happen. Damn it.
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