news\ Oct 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Why Star Wars: The Old Republic Won't Be The 2011 Xmas No. 1


Earlier today, it was revealed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was heavily favorited to be this year's Christmas Number 1 with 1/12 odds.  Also included was a list of the odds for all the other games counted towards the Christmas list.  You might have noticed one of the biggest titles of this year wasn't listed.

Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare's much-anticipated MMORPG, was disqualified from this year's top holiday list.  Despite technically being the last blockbuster release of 2011, it's release comes three days too late to be included in the final count, according to GfK Chart-Track.  The UK chart tracker revealed that the Christmas No. 1 will be decided for the week ending Saturday, December 17th, not the week ending Saturday, December 24th as some expected.  Star Wars: The Old Republic falls in the latter week, releasing December 20th worldwide.

“Normally we always say the last chart published before Christmas is the Christmas chart,” explained Chart-Track director Dorian Bloch. “We will stick with week 50, ending on December 17th. One issue with not going for week 51 is getting all the data from retail, which will be up to and including December 24th.”

As of right now, CoD MW3 is the favorited game for 2011, but don't count out FIFA 12.  FIFA 09 played spoiler to Call of Duty: World at War when it shockingly overtook the title for top spot in 2008's Xmas race. If Modern Warfare 3 wins, then the Call of Duty series would take three of the last four Christmas titles.

Check out the latest odds for this year's 2011 Xmas No. 1 spot.

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