Star Wars: The Old Republic Loses 400,000 SubscribersS

Star Wars: The Old Republic has dropped from 1.7 million active subscribers to 1.3 million, publisher Electronic Arts said today in an earnings statement.

That's a loss of nearly 25% for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, or 400,000 subscribers.

In its Q3 earnings statement earlier this year, EA reported 1.7 million The Old Republic subscribers. Today, that number is down to 1.3 million.

One explanation for the drop could be simple: Launch-day subscribers stopped playing once their free 30-day trials were up. However, EA has not made any mention of that possibility.

Update: In a conference call this afternoon, EA said the decrease was indeed due to "casual and trial players" cycling out of the game.

Electronic Arts Reports Q4 FY12 and FY12 Financial Results [EA]