First, my predictions, then my reasoning for arriving at these predictions... These predictions assume the game will achieve WoW-status, and will have been gold for about a year or so. 1. Exile Humans 2. Aurin 3. Cassians 4. Chua 5. Mechari 6. Mordesh 7. Granok 8. Draken As for my certainty levels, I believe the following... Aurin and Exile Humans may switch places. Mechari and Mordesh may switch places. Granok and Draken may switch places. This is based on what I perceive to by the likely preferences of the players based on my previous observations of World of Warcraft (specifically WoW vanilla, as the expansions added too many factors that a fresh game will not have, such as novelty value, exclusive classes, etc.) Exile Humans and Cassians will both attract the "I Always Play Human" crowd who seeks the familiarity of the most human-like of races, in spite of being given all sorts of interesting choices. This particular player type always gravitates to the most familiar. A combination of the perceived "Good Guy" factor mixed with the low-information player confusing Cassians for non-humans will lead to Exile Humans being in the #1 slot. Aurin knock the Cassians down to #3 because they are humanlike, but exotic. They fit some very popular archetypes, such as their nature-mindedness which will attract players that prefer playing down-to-earth races such as elves (or in WoW, specifically night elves). They also tap those players drawn to animesque characters, what with their kemonomimi traits. Since someone elsewhere on this site mentioned furries, the Aurin may attract them, but only those who are disposed toward feline/canine/vulpine/rabbit/mouse types, assuming the humanlike qualities of the Aurin do not serve as a turn-off. Those attracted to the animesque will be a far greater number gravitating to the aurin. Cassians will attract a significant number of the "I Always Play Human" type, particularly those that are smart enough to read the description and understand they are human. Those attracted to Evil Empire archetypes will be especially attracted to Cassians. The Cassian numbers are driven down somewhat by the "Obviously Evil" aspect of the Dominion as a side, but that is the only significant mitigating factor. Chua will attract players who enjoy pint-size characters. This demographic should not be underestimated! A large number of players will select Chua mainly because they are smallest. The fact that they are comically explosive about their smallness gives them even more bonus points than your average tarutaru! They are also more likely to attract the aforementioned "furry" types. The fact this game will include PvP will also cause Chua to attract certain semi-munchkin types who are convinced playing a smaller character gives them an edge in PvP by providing less for an enemy player to click on. The Mechari is the biggest mystery in the game. It is difficult to predict what their overall numbers will be, and if I get one race Totally Wrong in these guesstimations, the Mechari would probably be it. There are very few successful MMOs to observe which included a complete robot choice. Robot-lovers who previously might have played who-knows-what race are now able to select Asimov's nightmare. This is a completely unknown quantity. The only known quantity I see for them is they will attract players who want to play the Big Guy and prefer the "Bad Guys." I am guessing, however, that the Usual Suspects who prefer humanish-appearing, pretty, or cutesy races will still outnumber the Mechari, so I am sticking them in the #5 slot. The Mordesh are also going to be an enigma, but not because they are an unknown quantity. Rather, because placing a race of this nature on the Exile ("Good guys") side will cause the sort of players that would pick a race like this to be a tad on the conflicted side. Mordesh are essentially Undead Space Elves, which means they will attract players who like to play the "zombie" choice, as well as players who like the "elf" choice but don't want to be tree-huggers. However, this sort of Darker and Edgier necromantic-ish preference rarely goes hand-in-hand with the "Good Guy" side. That said, I guesstimate that some players who might otherwise choose the Dominion will find themselves picking Mordesh because they prefer that aesthetic. And so we are down to the last two races... I am not 100% certain whether the Granok or the Draken will be dead last. At the moment, I am guessing the #7 slot will be occupied by the Granok. The Granok cover the Big Tough Guy motif and will attract players who want to be both the Big Guy and play as the Good Guys. Their overall Monstrous form means they will be in a minority, though. The Draken are in a similar situation. Although they have a demonic-suggesting appearance, I do not think Players Who Want Demons will necessarily choose the Draken over, perhaps, the Mordesh, or even the Cassians since the Draken are not -actually- demons. They will, however, attract players who want to play a Proud Warrior Race. That said, observations of the Orc demographics on WoW lead me to believe that most players' tastes will leave the Draken in an unfortunate minority position. Furthermore, they got the "Bad Guy" strike going against them for population values. But like I said, I can't say with 100% whether it will be Draken or Granok in the Dead Last position. As for both sides, I predict that on PvE servers, the Exiles will outnumber the Dominion at LEAST 1.5 to 1, but probably a higher value. This is due to most players' preferences to play as the Good Guys. The kind of player who prefers PvP servers has a higher probability of wanting to also be the Bad Guys, so on PvP servers, the factions are more likely to be balanced 1:1. Individual servers will vary, of course. Do you agree with my assessment? Do you think I am dead wrong? Do you have your own theory on what races will be The Most/Least Popular? Reply and give us your thoughts.