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Star Wars: The Old Republic smashes MMO sales figures

Star Wars: The Old Republic is the fastest-selling subscription MMO ever released, according to EA.

The force is strong with the new Star Wars game from Electronic Arts (EA), as it overcomes early teething problems to post strong subscription figures.

EA now claims that Star Wars: The Old Republic is the fastest-growing subscription massively multiplayer online game (MMO) ever.

Over one million players registered for the title before it was even released, and numbers have continued to accelerate after the December 20th launch.

This first wave of players logged 28 million hours of play - at an average of five hours each per day - in the first few days after release, creating 3.8 million characters in the process.

More than two billion non-player characters have also been slain by Jedi knights and Sith warriors in this time.

It is a very strong performance considering the launch was marred by numerous gamers reporting problems with access codes, and EA's BioWare development label says it has been "humbled" by the response from enthusiastic fans.

"Already over a million players strong after our December 20th launch, The Old Republic has become the fastest growing subscription MMO in the history of our industry," said Dr Ray Muzyka, BioWare's general manager.

"Everyone at BioWare, EA and LucasArts is honoured - and humbled - by the stellar response from our fans. We're going to work together closely with our community in the weeks, months and years ahead, continually serving our audience with regular delivery of compelling new features and content."

Senior BioWare writer Alex Freed told Computer and Video Games last month that the company also has an aggressive strategy for added content in the future.

He believes that the future success of any MMO will "live or die" on these updates, so gamers can look forward to plenty more for this title in the coming months.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801253550-ADNFCR