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Posted: Friday May 15th, 2009
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After offering eight years of online adventures in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars Galaxies is coming to an end. Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts announced today the MMO will be shut down on December 15.
It's been a rough road for Sony Online Entertainment of late. The publisher announced major layoffs and studio closures in March before being hit by hackers in April as part of the cyber attack on Sony and PlayStation Network. Now one of its biggest products -- if only in name -- is being shut down.
In a letter to subscribers, SOE and LucasArts broke the news and outlined the countdown to the end:
Dear Star Wars Galaxie 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.
Sony Online Entertainment & LucasArts
The rundown on the shutdown: Beginning today, SOE will stop selling 12, 6, and 3 month subscriptions, and the TCG store will be closed. On September 15, the SWG MMO and trading card game will no longer be available for sale. On October 15, billing will be turned off completely, and servers will be shut down on December 15.
SOE noted that a galaxy-ending event is planned for the last week of live service in December, and anyone that wishes to take part will need to re-activate or join the game before September 15.
It's funny, a couple of years ago Woody had a comic in which SWG dnd TOR dueled one another with lightsabers. It would appear that TOR won....
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