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Star Wars Galaxies shutting down on December 15, “galaxy-ending event” planned for final week

LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment have stamped an expiration date on Star Wars Galaxies. Despite early assurances and rosy optimism among its most loyal players that the long running MMO would be kept alive to duke it out with BioWare's upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic, the studios have decided the eight-year-old online game will end with a “galaxy-ending event” this December 15.

“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,” reads a new message to Star Wars Galaxies members. ”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.”

According to the message, some services have already been shut down. 3, 6 and 12-month subscription packs are no longer available, and the Trading Card Game store has been shuttered. Come September 15th, subscriptions to both the MMO and the Trading Card Game will also be taken off the virtual market.

To soften the blow, Sony and LucasArts have promised to send the game off in style in its final week with a “galaxy-ending event” which will offer some degree of closure to those who have stuck around. Star Wars Galaxies members with accounts in good standing have also been offered free, full-fledged access to some of Sony's other online games from October 15th to December 31st. Eligible titles include Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Adventures, EverQuest I and II, and DC Universe Online.

Full details on the closure, and what's in store for the die-hard fans that stick it out, are posted here.

June 27, 2011

10 comments

  • plurality - June 28, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    I just recently found my "galaxy map" i got in gameinformer AGES ago, reminded me how much i wanted to play this back then (but couldn't afford to), cheers for them lasting so long, which is an accomplishment in it's own.
  • bkoz117 - June 28, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    This makes me sad. I loved SWG with my whole 11 year old heart 8 years ago. I played for maybe 4 years until "New Game Enhancements" came out. I may reactivate my account to see this world ending event tbh... My first MMO, the best I ever had. Here's to TOR reigniting that flame!
  • sharkweek - June 27, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    The game wasn't very good but I still have some fond memories of it. I am somewhat sad to see it go.
  • KrEid - June 27, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    so 2012 isn't the end of the world, but the entire galaxy? Neat-o
  • willbishop - June 27, 2011 7:23 p.m.

    SWG gave me some of my most memorable gaming experiences. I'll always remember the good times and good friends.
  • jackthemenace - June 27, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    ... This hadn't ALREADY been euthanised...?
  • AGENTJORRRG - June 27, 2011 6:10 p.m.

    I'd never even heard of it!
  • Reaver_Beaver - June 27, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    Just a matter of time until this happened, what with TOR coming out.
  • lilbuddha - June 27, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    just typed a 1000 word comment...which disappeared fuuuuu.... Anyways, cliff notes version: SWG died a long time ago. -for me, in beta when the game was clearly not finished then was released just weeks later -For some when the method for unlocking the jedi slot was discovered... it turned out to be a random set of 3 skills that had to be maxed out, which then unlocked a quest chain..but you never knew what the 3 skills were... -Then later when becoming a jedi become way too easy. -for others when the economy was destroyed by hackers and duped credits, and Sony responded by banning not only the hackers but people who got the credits second hand with knowledge of it being duped -for most when 1,000's of gamers staged a sit-in at a major hub to protest Sony, which Sony responded with by banning those thousands of people (as well as GM's coming online and messing with players in an extremely unprofessional manor). -And now it dies for good.
  • asspills - June 27, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    Star Wars Galaxies players have been jerked around alot. I guess now, they're just being let free.

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