Dedicated PC gamers may scoff at the notion of MMOs on consoles, but Sony Online Entertainment doesn’t.
In a recent chat with Games Industry International, John Smedley said that 70% of DC Universe Online players play via the PlayStation 3, and that the free-to-play model is alive and well with regards to consoles. DCUO is a prime example of this, and he thinks CCP Games‘ DUST 514 will also prove this to be true.
Smedley also has some interesting things to say regarding the tracking of games and how other releases can affect their numbers for a short- or long-term basis:
When another MMO launches we track very carefully how many players we lose to it. We can tell when the bad ones come out because they might have a lot of hype up front and we lose players for a couple of days, but they come right back so we immediately know if something is not good.
We’ve heard similar refrains from Blizzard execs, along the lines of “We know they’ll come back,” but it’s interesting to see that there’s some data, and not just bravado, behind those claims.