Star Wars Galaxies set to implode in December

Unfortunately, in this rough-and-tumble industry, there’s not quite enough room for everybody to fit in. With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Old Republic, it seems that Sony‘s Star Wars Galaxies has been crowded out of the room, forcing the publisher to announce impending server closures.

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Mark your calendars: December 15, 2011 marks the end of the Star Wars Galaxies service. According to Sony and LucasArts, the game won’t go quietly!

Dear Star Wars Galaxies™ 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.

Sincerely,
Sony Online Entertainment & LucasArts

In fact, the process started last week, with the Trading Card Game store closing its doors on June 24th, and 12, 6 and 3 subscriptions for SWG are no longer on sale.

Both the MMO and the Trading Card Game will be closed to newcomers starting September 15th – no sales or subscriptions for either game will be permitted, and no new or reactivated accounts will be accepted.

Billing will be turned off a month later, on October 15th, and the free game trials will begin!

For more information about what’s going on, head to the [surl=http://starwarsgalaxies.station.sony.com/playerinfo/]official website[/surl], but I think it’s safe to say that your days on Tatooine are numbered.


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