The amount of participants in Star Trek Online‘s on-going open beta has “crushed” Cryptic’s player activity predictions, they say in their latest ‘state of the game’ update. The developer has had to scramble in order to make sure everyone’s supported, has been adding a lot more hardware, making optimizations, fixes etc to ensure smooth sailing and lovingly say that their core engineers are working “like crazed technology wielding madmen”.
“Reality has exceeded even our wildest expectations. We looked at numbers from Closed Beta, numbers from games we’ve worked on in the past, and some numbers that float around the games industry. Based on those numbers, we predicted that about 65% of the keys we generated would eventually turn into active players (some keys never get delivered, others are lost in spam boxes, some are never redeemed, etc.). And, we predicted about 1/6 of those redeemed keys would turn into players that game at the same time. It’s what we call our concurrent users or CCU, for short.
“The actual numbers crushed our predictions.”
The open beta ends next Tuesday, on January 26th, just before the MMO’s launch early next month.