989 Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sony keiretsu, announced that “EverQuest has broken all subscription-based online gaming sales records”. I guess they were talking about Sierra’s The Realm? Maybe 3D0’s Meridian 59? Couldn’t be Asheron’s Call, it’s not in stores yet. Dammit, it’s on the tip of my tongue here…
Anyway, an interesting statistic in the press release (you can go here for the original) is the following:
In only six months, EverQuest has sold more games than any other online role-playing game ever released, with 225,000 units sold and an active subscriber base of more than 150,000 players.
I may not be up on my math, but at least one third of the people who bought Everquest decided not to renew their subscription.
Um, that would be bad, mmmkay?