Star Wars: Galaxies Shutting Down in December

June 25, 2011 -

Star Wars Galaxies, the popular MMO created by Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts is shutting down by year's end. SOE announced that it planned to shut down the Star Wars themed MMO in December of this year. They are doing this, they say, to switch the focus on the next Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic.

SOE president John Smedley said the closure of SWG will not affect the team because it will be transferred to an undisclosed project in Austin.

An official letter to SWG players was posted on the forums, laying out the bad news:

"Dear Star Wars Galaxies Community Member,

We write to you today to inform you that on December 15, 2011, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) and LucasArts will end all services (MMO and Trading Card Game) for Star Wars Galaxies (SWG). The shutdown of SWG is a very difficult decision, but SOE and LucasArts have mutually agreed that the end of 2011 is the appropriate time to end the game.

We are extremely grateful to all of the SWG fans. We have had the rare opportunity to host one of the most dedicated and passionate online gaming communities and we truly appreciate the support we’ve received from each and every one of you over the course of the past eight years.

In recognition of your incredible loyalty, we are extending special Fan Appreciation offers to the current SWG community. We also plan to go out with a bang with a galaxy-ending in-game event in December and hope to see you all there. The details relating to these offers and events as well as the timeline and specifics regarding the discontinuation of the service, are provided below.

Again, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to our player community for making SWG one of the best online communities in gaming history.

Sincerely,
Sony Online Entertainment & LucasArts
"

Source: Industry Gamers

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Re: Star Wars: Galaxies Shutting Down in December

This game just kept getting shot in the face and kept on ticking. I'm surprised it outlived even newer MMOs, considering how bad it got after NGE.

Re: Star Wars: Galaxies Shutting Down in December

The Matrix Online, and now this.

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Re: Star Wars: Galaxies Shutting Down in December

"To the 17 people still playing our game, we want you to know that this is truly as hard for us as it is for you. This is as hard as killing a puppy you've actually NAMED, not just one of the ones in an animal testing lab

Re: Star Wars: Galaxies Shutting Down in December

I'm not surprised that SWG is being shut down with The Old Republic on the horizon. What does surprise me is that it lasted as long as it did after the atrocious "New Game Experience."

Re: Star Wars: Galaxies Shutting Down in December

Freakin' This!

First the 'Combat Upgrade', then the 'New Gaming Experience.' SOE really knew how to sink their flagship in a matter of months.

Re: Star Wars: Galaxies Shutting Down in December

I also agree. I loved SWG when it first started, but it didn't take long for both Sony and LucasArts to start messing with it. The CU and NGE were only the final straws in an apparent ongoing effort to ruin the game. I don't think the developers ever made a single change that actually helped the game overall - every publish was one step forward and two steps back.

Still, I miss my entertainer. I miss the music and the songs and performances I crafted for the game. I'll probably pick up the Old Republic MMOG, but I'm not holding out much hope for it. LucasArts proved that they have no idea how to run an MMOG (I understand Sony bears a lot of the blame, but the buck stops with LucasArts - the franchise is their baby and as I understand it they insisted on a lot of the worst changes), and I very much doubt that even Bioware can withstand LA's incessant need to meddle.

 
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