Have you given Mass Effect 3 's online multiplayer element a try? If not, you're apparently in the minority.
EA has released a little infographic giving us some early statistics for multipalyer participation in BioWare's hot new title. Who said multiplayer wouldn't be popular in a traditionally single-player RPG?
According to the numbers, players have already earned a combined 83 billion credits, and have spent a grand total of 1,800 years playing. …that's a lot of time. Other interesting results include the 2 million Cerberus Phantoms that have been dispatched, the fact that the Battlefield 3 Soldier Kit has been used in 618,000 online matches, and that exactly 1/3 of all matches end in a "failed extraction." Only 1% of all online matches are on Gold difficulty level, 36% of players go into battle with the Assault Rifle, and the Turians are the most commonly chosen non-human race at 6.43%.
Given the depth and incentive to get online with ME3, it's no surprise that so many fans are diving in. The only question left is whether or not it has the staying power of, say, an online shooter that remains popular until the next installment in the franchise launches. It's a different genre, though…probably not fair to compare.
Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3