Will SWTOR Steal Players from WoW and RIFT?

Millions of people are anticipating the release of SWTOR on December 20, 2011 but there many who wonder just how popular this game is going to be. Will it live up to all the hype? Will SWTOR steal players from WoW and RIFT? WoW has been around for a long time and it has many loyal players who won’t leave but many have grown bored with this style MMO and they’re searching for something fresh, which is what The Old Republic offers. Rift is a great game that is growing in popularity due to the quality of the game and its well thought-out updates. But will it lose players to SWTOR? 

A news story from MMOSite reports, “Blizzard admitted that they started to lose World of Warcraft users from the beginning of 2011. Specifically, they lost 600,000 WOW users in Q1 2011, 300,000 in Q2 and 800,000 in Q3.” They go on to say “If SWTOR succeeds in attracting over 1 million WOW users, World of Warcraft can no longer boast having more than 10 million active users.”

That’s a big loss but still, Blizzard has a large fan base with WoW. But WoW is not giving up that easily. They have a few ideas to keep old players interested and maybe even draw in new ones. For example, the new Patch “4.3 Hour of Twilight” and “Mists of Pandaria” the fourth expansion, aren’t going unnoticed. RIFT is not doing so badly either. Many gamers are showing an interest in this game. For this reason, many of the players leaving WoW may choose to try it instead of going with SWTOR.

So maybe these games will lose some players to SWTOR but it’s not likely the launch of Star Wars is going to completely kill the other games. There will still be people who want to play them. It’s hard to say how much of an impact Star Wars: The Old Republic will have on WoW and RIFT but the world will soon find out. You must also take into consideration whether or not they will have what it takes to keep the players they attract long-term.

Lisa Clark

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.