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Star Wars Galaxies fans strike back

It appears some Star Wars Galaxies players aren't taking the news of their MMO's imminent destruction well. Although many have no doubt come to terms with Sony and LucasArts' decision to end the eight-year MMO on December 15th, thousands of fans have started petitioning Sony to keep the game alive as a free-to-play title, while others are going so far as threatening legal action.

“We, the subscriber base and supporters of the Massively Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game, Star Wars Galaxies, with regards to Sony Online Entertainment as the developer and publisher, and LucasArts as the license holder for the intellectual property of Star Wars in regards to the video game, implore that Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts resume discussion in regards to the permanent closure of Star Wars Galaxies and attempt to reach an agreement that results in keeping the current incarnation of Star Wars Galaxies in operation past December 15th, 2011,” reads the beginning of the (needlessly) lengthy online petition.


Above: "Please Sony, I beg you to reconsid--ackakck [muffled choking sounds]"

The petition, which has fetched over 2,500 signatures, implores Sony to either keep the game going as a free-to-play MMO, go free-to-play with premium content, keep the Trading Card Game component alive, or at least allow remaining members to transfer freely to more populated servers as the game begins its slow march into oblivion. For Sony's part, the company has reportedly been shutting down any and all petition related threads, explaining to VentureBeat that, “Promoting an online petition causes disruption within the community and does not provide gameplay feedback that our development team can use.”

Beyond collecting signatures, VentureBeat is reporting some members are considering taking legal action against Sony for – quite literally – destroying their worlds. As noble as the cause may be - and as VentureBeat rightly points out -the grounds for legal recourse are flimsy at best.

One can understand how loyal Star Wars Galaxies players may be feeling, however Sony appears firm in it decision to go through with the game's cancellation. Kudos to people for trying, but perhaps it's best to just sit back and enjoy the end of the world.

Jun 30, 2011

[Source: VentureBeat]

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17 comments

  • Drzgon - July 5, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    @shott Very well put my friend. Hopefully you and your friends on SWG can stay in contact, and I hope you're wrong that we'll never see something as great as SWG again. I've never played an MMO that gave me the same amazing experience that SWG did, so it will be a sad day if we never see something like it again.
  • shott - July 5, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    Hey, I truly appreciate the comments from all you out there who have not been involved in this game for the past 8 years. So, you never tried it or you left after the upgrades, which to be honest, I thought sucked too. But I have not only time and effort invested in the game, but have made some pretty good friends. While it is not the end of my WORLD, it is the end of something special nonetheless. So for those of you poking fun at people like me who are actually going to miss an environment that has been a part of their lives for almost a decade, kindly SHOVE IT. Thanks. Although SOE did not do right by the game through the CU and NGE, it was still a pretty fun game, and had the most expansive MMO experience that ever has been out there, and it's doubtful TOR or any other MMO will have the complete sandbox environment that SWG offered. So the game had its ups and downs, overall, it was a positive experience for me. So I signed, the petition, so what. It doesn't make me a loser or a sad geek. I've got a career, a family and plenty of friends that will likely be happy that I spend somewhat less time in front of my computer. I still believe that I have a right and a duty to let SOE and Lucas/LucasArts know that I'm not happy about it. After all, I am a consumer and a client. Will it make a difference, probably not, but if you don't say anything at all, where does that get you... the same place. Personally, I'm committed to not buy anything Sony or TOR, and am considering boycotting future purchases of the Star Wars franchise merchandise altogether, but mainly because its clear to me that George Lucas has become the very evil he embodied in his novels. An entity with so much power, so expansive, that it totally rejects those who made its very success possible. Yep, I'll find another game to play. But it doesn't mean that I won't have an appropriate level of dismay for the place I made friends and created a presence over the last several years. If that makes me a yutz to some of you, I'll be sure to wring my hands over your lesser opinion of me... (yeah right) All in all SWG was a good experience for me and I'll miss it. While I probably don't mean diddly to Sony, Lucas, or half of you haters out there, that's just an indication of the greed and disdain in this world. I'll continue to invest myself in things that will probably come to their own end, and be unhappy about that, too... But I guess that's just part of life, boys and girls. So long, Galaxies. You were a bit of fun for a while....
  • D0CCON - July 1, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    It must suck to hear that your favorite game is soon going to be dead (I'd be so pissed if Reach/BF closed down), but if it's any consolation, a new Star Wars MMO is on the way and there are plenty of other Star Wars games to keep your interest while you wait.
  • jmcgrotty - July 1, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    I'm confused. Even if every person who plays SWG protested, that would only be 7 people. And I don't know who is more pathetic: Those who complained about this, or those who support the complainers. "Sony having a shitty attitude and deleting forum posts. Didnt Sony learn anything from the hacker attacks?" and "Further evidence that sony are douche bags and why I hate them!!" I am guessing that these two statements are addressing the same thing. If not, the second comment is really dumb. Anyway, while deleting the threads really doesn't NEED to be done, at the same time, it's a waste of time to have them around. They are irrelevant. "Star Wars Galaxies was a big flop anyways. They're shutting it down for Star Wars: The Old Republic." An ignorant statement. The games are not related in any way. SWG was a Sony game. SWTOR is a Bioware game (There is a related LucasArts connection, but that's a licensing issue only. In fact, LucasArts would be better served if both games stay alive as long as possible, as that would be two sources of income rather than one.). The most you can do is suggest that Sony is just being proactive, by knowing that SWG will lose players to SWTOR. "I think Sony should keep it alive, just on the basis that people have dropped how much money for the game, its expansions, and the per month fee?" That is the most ignorant argument of them all. 1) Simple economics shows this to make no sense. You're implying that, just because people paid money in the past, there is an obligation to keep it running, even if the company is losing money? 2) *Gasp* I bought a NES, SNES, Saturn, Dreamcast and Game Gear. I invested hundreds of dollars in system and game costs. Because of that, they companies should be obligated to continue to support ongoing development for these consoles! 3) "I can see why a lot of people would be angry... to find out they were renting the game for 8 years." Only an imbicle doesn't realize from day 1 that the product won't be supported forever. You are subscribing and investing time knowing full well that it will reach the end of it's life someday. 4) "if there is an audience, keep it going." What is the threshold for number of active players before it is considered acceptable to close the game?
  • VMPSaberwolf - July 1, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    I think Sony should keep it alive, just on the basis that people have dropped how much money for the game, its expansions, and the per month fee? When you buy a console game, you OWN it for life. I can see why a lot of people would be angry, leveling up toons and grinding out gear and other things only to find out they were renting the game for 8 years. Cut back on the servers if there isn't a demand for them to reduce costs of course, but if there is an audience, keep it going.
  • Whit - July 1, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    SOE? Suckers Online Everywhere? The petition collected a whole 2,500 signatures!! That should be enough subscribers to keep SWG from going under...
  • podsaurus - July 1, 2011 1:11 a.m.

    They are coming out with the Old Republic ya know?
  • RicePuddingUK - June 30, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    I remember seeing this game shown on an old game channel called Game Network back in 2003, it looked good, never played it myself and after 2003 never heard of it gain till now.
  • RedOutlive10 - June 30, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    From what I heard SOE ruined that game way before the closure was even in the talks.
  • SolidSage - June 30, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    This is why I won't play p2p MMOs
  • Defguru7777 - June 30, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    No offense to the fans, but why do they care that an eight year MMO is being cancelled? Surely there's something else for them to do, if not just wait for The Old Republic. Maybe I'm being too callous, since I don't play MMOs.
  • Enzomatrix - June 30, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    Star Wars Galaxies was a big flop anyways. They're shutting it down for Star Wars: The Old Republic, so it won't make any competition. Besides, SWTOR should be much better, probably de best MMORPG out there. It might means that the game will come out around that date.
  • mockraven - June 30, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    @Drzgon -- That's when my hubby and I quit, too. We really enjoyed the game's openness and seemingly infinite customizations before NGE. I'm sorry to see SWG go but at the same time it was already gone for me years ago.
  • Drzgon - June 30, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    I can't say I'm sad to see it go. They lost me years ago when they implemented the NGE system into the game. All my game time and work counted for naught when they made it World of Warcraft with lightsabers. So it sucks for the people that still play, but they killed the game years ago for most of their players.
  • kor2disturbed - June 30, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    Sad really, not much of an mmo player but I get what there going through, I hope they can convince sony to change there minds, but if not....
  • pimpdaddie - June 30, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    Further evidence that sony are douche bags and why I hate them!!
  • lilspooky - June 30, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    Sony having a shitty attitude and deleting forum posts. Didnt Sony learn anything from the hacker attacks?

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