Star Wars Galaxies is nearing its end, with all services going out for good on December 15. The announcement was made in a dual statement by Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) and LucasArts on June 24.
The end of Star Wars Galaxies will hit both the MMO and the Trading Card Game, like a dual-lightsaber Sith cheap shot at all Star Wars fans.
The statement says “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.”
Notably, the game has been in decline for years, with a group of hardcore fans holding down the fort.
The end of Star Wars Galaxies, however, is likely LucasArts giving gamers a push towards the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Old Republic, which wowed the floor at E3 2011. After all, after eight years, it may be time for players to leave their Tatooine farms in search of a new adventure.
Unfortunately, no release date has been announced for The Old Republic, but I would suspect it will not be far off from the end of Galaxies.
To soften the blow, LucasArts and Sony are offering “special Fan Appreciation offers to the current SWG community.” all current Star Wars Galaxies subscribers will get a fully-paid subscription to a handful of MMOs, with free play from October 15 to December 31. The games include Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, EverQuest, EverQuest II, and DC Universe Online. The game downloads will appear on the StarWarsGalaxies.com website on October 15, 2011.
There will also be a “galaxy-ending in-game event” in December to mark the game’s end. They state “We’re going to end with a bang and we want the final chapter of the galaxy to be written in part by the dedicated and passionate SWG community.” They state “Details will be announced at a later date,” yet do note it will take place during the final week of the game.
Things aren’t so bad though. It is likely Star Wars Galaxies trading cards will skyrocket in value once they’re discontinued. Also, The Old Republic looks awesome.
So, leaving the past behind us, there is plenty to look forward to:
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