Electronic Arts is touting the latest numbers for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it seemed that lightsaber hums competed hard with the sound of jingle bells.

Over the last weekend, 5.5 million hours of potential quality family time were sacrificed for the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire instead, according to the publisher. It’s a sign that EA’s major bet on The Old Republic, which has been in development for years in the hopes of recreating World of Warcaft’s success, has paid off big.

After a full-week early access period for pre-order customers, the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game launched on December 20th to positive reviews, including an 89 out of 100 score on VentureBeat. The aggregated Metacritic tally currently stands at 88.


GamesBeat Next 2023

Join the GamesBeat community in San Francisco this October 24-25. You’ll hear from the brightest minds within the gaming industry on latest developments and their take on the future of gaming.

Learn More

The marketing efforts for the game also seemed to pay off, as a well-edited promotional video from The Old Republic’s launch day event went viral. “The first ever lightsaber freeze mob duel in the heart of New York’s Times Square” reached over 1.6 million views on YouTube.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wjf_lWxqyI?rel=0]

Electronic Arts also delights us with updated trivia statistics from the game servers. As of December 26, a total of 60 million in-game hours were accumulated, 260 million quests completed, 44 million PvP battles fought and 9 million space combat missions accomplished. In the course of action, over 3 billion unfortunate NPCs (non-player characters) were killed. The Dark Side has a narrow lead in the popularity contest, as 850,000 Sith Warriors have been created compared to 810,000 Jedi Knights.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is set thousands of years before the Star Wars movies. Players choose one of eight character classes and can team up with friends online or solve missions on their own. Rich storylines, companion characters and fully voiced dialogs are the stand-out features compared to other MMO games.

GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. Discover our Briefings.