Leave it to a Star Wars property to claim yet another top spot in a category. Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare’s critically acclaimed subscription MMO, is now the fastest growing MMO in gaming history.

The Old Republic already boasts more than one million registered users since launching December 20, 2011. However, BioWare and Electronic Arts will continue to steadily pulse players into the game through the holiday period and into 2012 by limiting supply in order to create a smooth and more enjoyable player experience – all the while growing the community further.

Industry acclaim has been very positive, with a Metacritic score, as of this writing, at 88% – though the user score is considerably lower at 6.1. This could be in part due to some of the frustrations players have felt with registration code errors and high traffic servers – issues that should not be indicative of the actual in-game experience.

As of December 23, players had already logged more than 28 million in-game hours, which is equivalent to watching both Star Wars movie trilogies two million times. On average, each player is also playing more than five hours per day, with the same players creating 3.8 million characters, 510,000 Jedi Knights and 550,000 Sith Warriors to name a few. Non-playing characters (NPCs) have bit the dust 2 billion times in the eight days since early game access began.

Dr. Ray Muzyka, General Manager of EA’s BioWare label and co-founder of BioWare expressed his gratitude for the amount of players and is excited about what is coming next.

“Already over a million players strong after our December 20 launch, The Old Republic has become the fastest growing subscription MMO in the history of our industry. Everyone at BioWare, EA and LucasArts is honored – 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.”

A story-driven MMO game, The Old Republic should continue to grow and evolve as even more players join the ranks and further DLC/expansions are released. The five year undertaking seems to have paid off for all those involved.

Keep it tuned to Game Rant for further news on The Old Republic, which is currently available for the PC.

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