EA claim their upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic will be profitable with 500,000 monthly subscribers. That’s according to Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello who was speaking in a conference call.
“At half a million subscribers, the game is substantially profitable, but it’s not the kind of thing we would write home about. Anything north of a million subscribers, it’s a very profitable business.”
Riccitiello said the publisher is “incurring significant development costs” for Star Wars: The Old Republic, but suggested those costs would “”essentially turn on a dime” to profits when the game is released.
There is no official word from EA about a release date for Star Wars: The Old Republic, but a report from MCV Online suggests it’ll be available worldwide from September this year. However, increasing rumours of delays could mean it isn’t released until March 2012.
Riccitiello also criticised some games industry news outlets for ‘irresponsible reporting’ of the games development costs.
There’s been a fair amount of talk on various blogs describing [Old Republic development] spends that are vastly higher than anything we’ve ever put in place,” he said.
“Don’t read gamer blogs as having any substance. They bring a chuckle, but they also bring a frustration for those that are being responsible with the management of EA’s R&D dollars.”
So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Star Wars: The Old Republic? Do you believe it’ll be a successful MMO? Will you subscribe? Or do you think the competition from World of Warcraft – with its 12 million subscribers – is just too strong?
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