Despite some of the complaints we've seen leveled at Star Wars: The Old Republic in recent months, analyst group Cowen and Company projects that the game will sell more than three million copies in its first year. They're basing that number on "strong pre-orders" being made at Amazon:
Analyst group Cowen and Company says that it has "increasing confidence" in EA and BioWare Austin's upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO, and has doubled its sell-through estimate for the title. Another single player KotOR would have probably sold three million copies, too, with a fraction of the development costs and a release date of 2008. It's just that monthly subscription that people find so fascinating, isn't it?
Doug Creutz and Jason Mueller of Cowen and Company noted that strong preorders of the title on Amazon suggest that The Old Republic is trending "well or better" than StarCraft 2 and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, both of which sold over 4 million units each.
The analyst revealed that it now estimates The Old Republic will sell roughly 3 million units in its first year, up from its original estimate of 1.5 million units. It also believes that the game will see around 2 million subscribers in total during the first year of sale, up from an earlier estimate of 1 million.