Star Wars Galaxies to shut down in December

On December 15th SOE will shut its Star Wars Galaxies MMO services and trading card games. Active Star Wars Galaxies subscribers will receive ‘Fan Appreciation' benefits

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Star Wars Galaxies to shut down in December SOE will take down its Galaxies MMO services and trading card games on 15 December
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  June 26, 2011

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has announced that Star Wars Galaxies will soon be no more. On 15 December SOE will stop all of its Star Wars Galaxies MMO services and trading card games.

The company says it was a very difficult decision but SOE and Lucas Arts have agreed that it was the right time to end the game.

Active Star Wars Galaxies subscribers will receive ‘Fan Appreciation' by getting fully paid access to one or all of SOE's PC MMOs between October 15th and December 31st 2011. The MMOs include: Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, EverQuest, EverQuest II and DC Universe Online.

The following is an excerpt from the producer's note on the website: 'This is the producer note that I never wanted to write. As was announced today, the Star Wars Galaxies service will come to an end on December 15th, 2011. Galaxies has been a part of all our lives for so many years that it's really going to be hard to see it end. It has meant different things to each of us. For some it's about combat. For others it's about socialising, or crafting, or collecting, or decorating, or fishing, or adventuring, or more. For all of us, though, Galaxies is about sharing experiences with our friends. May of this year was my 7th year working on this game. As a developer, Galaxies has been an opportunity for me to learn how to create a virtual universe and to interact with a community that is very passionate about the product I work on. When you look back at all the updates over the years, it's very impressive how much we managed to get done. In the end, it is our fans that made all the hard work and effort worth it.'

Star Wars Galaxies was released in the North American and European markets in 2003 on 26 June and 7 November respectively. The Australian market gained access to the MMO much later in 2006.

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