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The Old Republic has almost 1.7 million paying subscribers

EA should be making a healthy profit from BioWare's MMO

Star Wars: The Old Republic had almost 1.7 million paying subscribers as of the end of February.

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EA CEO John Riccitiello announced the figures at an investor conference yesterday, according to Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz.

"We estimate two million paying subs by the end of June 2012 (and then sustained for the remainder of the year)," Creutz said.

"We also note that the company plans to launch Star Wars in the Asia-Pacific region later this month."

Ahead of the game's December launch, EA said Old Republic would turn a profit if it managed to attract 500,000 subscribers.

Earlier this week the publisher announced plans to launch The Old Republic game update 1.2 in April. It will introduce new high level group content and community-requested features, including PvP Warzone Rankings and Guild Banks, along with enhancements to the game's Legacy system.

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