Star Wars: Galaxies signing off Dec. 15

LucasArts, Sony Online Entertainment pulling plug on long-running Star Wars-themed MMORPG by the end of the year; trading card games also being taken offline.

When LucasArts formally announced Star Wars: The Old Republic in October 2008, it said its already-extant massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Star Wars: Galaxies, would continue. However, with the former game confirmed for launch later this year, the elder MMORPG's number is finally up.

As of December 15, Wookiee speeder-bike accidents are expected to drop off rapidly.

According to a statement on the official website for Star Wars: Galaxies, the game's last day of operation will be December 15, 2011. The shutdown will include both the main game and its ancillary card-trading titles, according to Galaxies' operator, Sony Online Entertainment.

"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," the companies said in a statement. "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."

Star Wars: Galaxies launched in July 2003 to warm reviews. However, the game came under criticism from players in 2005 following some unpopular "New Game Enhancements," forcing SOE to backtrack from the changes. In September 2009, the game reflected a drop in its subscriber base by reducing its number of servers by nearly half.

For more on Star Wars: Galaxies, read GameSpot's review of the game.

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252 comments
Scritty
Scritty

Good - the game has been a joke since Sony destroyed it. Me - I will continue to play (my 3 100% legit copies of SWG) on a private pre NGE server for the forseeable future and let Sony and their foolish game destroying. Sad thing is, many of the community troll the TOR site moaning about TOR not being SWG and why all the things that make TOR different from SWG are "wrong" or "bad". SWG pre NGE was sandbox at it's best. EvE (which playes entirely differently) is the only sandbox experience I've played to compare it with. TOR is themepark. If it's sandbox you are after then TOR "Is not the game you are looking for"

blackace
blackace

@lanmanna @blackace AC2? **************************************** Asheron's Call 2. Forgot about that game, huh?

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

I wish they could make a similar game to this with updated graphics. it could be different than star wars lore if that would be needed, just want the kind of gameplay SWG offered. MMO's just seem to get worse and worse.

ziproy
ziproy

To be honest this was long overdue. Most of the player made villages are total ghost towns now, which sucks cuz you cant do ANYTHING without a player community

blackace
blackace

I played it for like a week and that was enough for me. I was hoping we'd get a KoToR MMO in the future. I know the game had some good moments, but it just wasn't a game I wanted to play for months and months. I ended up playing Planetside and AC2 for about a year each and that was enough for me.

servb0ts
servb0ts

no more Star Wars MMO, the world would be a better place lol.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@ giantqtipz Those were the good ol' days werent they ? :( @ mtait01 Most ignorant comment on this article? If you would have played the game anytime before the major MAJOR changes, you would know that the game was perfectly fine, with no need for overhauls. @ GetafixOz I couldnt have said it better myself. But i dont think that the idea of another Star Wars MMO to prosper or win our hearts is too far-fetched. I dont know if TOR will ever be what Galaxies was, but it will give us something we've all been wanting: A company who actually gives a crap about its users.

Arkanis_Vayll
Arkanis_Vayll

Sad day. One of the only true MMORPG's to ever exist shutting down. On the bright side, maybe some of the wonderful community will move over TOR, at least.

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

I want battlefront 3 with motion control and mindset to look around without the wiimote.

Gaston77
Gaston77

This game beats the new Star Wars MMO in terms of art style imho. RIP SWG, you will be missed...

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

they should make it free to play tell then. It would be cool to give it for a spin one last time.

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Wow! I'm not sure how many people realize the business move that was just made by doing this. Lucas wants all its eggs in one basket, and they want that basket to make as much money as possible. I expected this to happen, but only in that 'if life were fake' kinda way. I feel really bad for anyone negatively affected by this.

giantqtipz
giantqtipz

i was 13 when this game was released. it has bugs sure but the concept was just so unique. its a star wars game but you can do anything want to do and become anything you want to be. you dont even have to engage in combat to level up. you can get married, become a dancer, musician, architect, things like that. it was just the best MMORPG ive ever played. until today no RPG has even come close to it. i really really really really miss this game (the pre NGE). i miss going to the cantina to heal my mind wounds and tipping the player musicians and dancers. i miss exploring the worlds, hunting high level animals and camping in the wilds. i miss decorating my two story house and teaching my pet to do tricks. there are so many fun things you can do in this game :'( or at least "were". i truly believe this is the best MMORPG ever made. its just so different and unique

anthonycg
anthonycg

Uh yeah... Call me when they start making KOTOR 3 or Battlefront 3. Otherwise I don't really care LucasArts.

burtonboy05
burtonboy05

It was a great game I loved it at launch and dropped it for a few months after CU but I couldn't resist and went back to it. It was a shadow if it's former self but there was a great community that kept me going. I've been out for the last 2 years but I still miss my bounty hunter/combat medic turn BH Wes Jackson. There were some good times in that game hunting the scum of the galaxy.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@mtait01 That would probably be The Matrix.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Geez, they sure kept this game running for a while.

mtait01
mtait01

most broken MMO ever?

Madjik2k2
Madjik2k2

About time. This poor MMO has been limping along, starved and dehydrated since NGE. Make way for The Old Republic. Too bad the new one is EA. What was their last jump into the MMO market anyway, wasn't it Earth and Beyond? Fun game but it didn't last more then 2 years. Let's see if Bioware's child can last longer under the EA name.

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

I played SWG from early closed BETA, I still have the original discs they sent me. So let me say from a position of experience with this game: "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," End the game ? You ended the game with the NGE and the wholesale destruction of what was a somewhat broken but excellent and complex MMO with potential out the wazoo. You carved it up into a console based joke to try and wring a few extra dollars out of it. Even Smedley had to admit in the end it was a mistake. The reason you can describe the community as "passionate" is because people ranged between desperately dissapointed to completely rabid from start to finish. Face it, you managed to take the best MMO franchise you could have possibly ever been given and balls it up almost completely. I am confident about the future of TOR because I dont believe anyone could screw it up so badly again. You are obviously confident its going to be a lot better than SWG or you wouldnt be shutting it down. As for EMU, if you had been around for more than 5 minutes you would know that EMU has been in testing since like 6 months after SWG was released. It has as much chance of being a playable product for the masses as SOE have of being a decent developer for any MMO other than EQ/EQ2. Get over it, move one. The Star Wars MMO is DEAD!. Long live the Star Wars MMO.

simon1812
simon1812

so thats it? bye bye SWG? dont the loyal fans get anything? maybe half price if the decide to get the upcoming SWtOR? or I dont know... anything! with GuidlWars if u have EotN expansion you can earn stuff that u will be able to use once GW2 is released, if you get GW2 obviously ,know what I mean?

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

This was my favorite MMO of all time pre-NGE. I quit just before they changed it all. But dang, it was awesome being able to run my own sales and manufacturing business all the way from resource extraction to marketing and everything in between. I miss it. :(

legolas506
legolas506

Swgemu has been creating their own SWG server from the ground up for some time now. Their server is pre-NGE and pre-CU. I've been on it a couple of times to help test it.

Iffy350
Iffy350

This game is the reason I haven't played an MMO since 2003. The game wasn't that great to begin with and it got worse with every patch. The desert of tatooine is littered with the abandoned homes of people who dropped this game back in 2006.

britten
britten

def will miss it. was there from launch, but i, like a lot of people jumped after the CU, before that, it was probably the best, most fun mmo playing experiencefor me ever. RIP Anirtak...the little wookie.

Sackboy_man
Sackboy_man

aww man im gonna miss this ive had so much fun with it for like the past 4 years :(

awfitzwater
awfitzwater

I to played SWG. But with this news I finally canceled all SOE accounts no more Sony! Sorry learn to take care of your customers. I had 6 years active station access accounts and I played EQ 2 and SWG(which was sweet) Most of the time both games were down for what ever reasons Sony could make up. I got angry with he constant down time even the 3 weeks it was down. I still as welling to stick it out. But with the news about SWG going down there is no reason to continue. Sony never cared or listen to its customers. It does saddens me that SWG went down! But so then goes my accounts (2 of them) to Sony. Some day a gaming company might listen to its customers But Bio ware is not as well with its rail only space combat. So I quests its no start wars for me. Get it right the first time listen to you customers or you lose. I know I am just one person and not important. But this is how I feel. I will miss SWG :( But its time to get a real game.

PushLevel
PushLevel

Holy Crap! I had no idea this game was still around. Well good for them for making it this long and I hope the new Star Wars game is awesome

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Diebye Care to pm me a link to sign up again to the new server? When i joined, i had the beta server and didnt get to do much. Thanks in advanced.

dg3215
dg3215

The guy that gave this review was one of my favorite reviewers for this site. I love how a lot of people have always bashed this game, and that it was always better before an update. Having played this game since launch it was ok until the nge update. But, it has been dying since then and it was never as great as people seem to remember. I also find it funny that so many people have shown up on TORs forums since the announcement of cancellation bashing tor. I am sorry but tor is much better than this game could ever hope to have been. If you deny that your just not living in the real world. Had this game launched now even in its original form people would run from this game faster than AoC, WAR and DCU combined.

woody4077
woody4077

/jumps on bandwagon i too played SWG and had all the content, but like many others i jumped ship after the CU. the game was great and so were the players, it has something i wish blizz would add to WOW; player housing. if theres one suggestion i'd make to SOE its this do the following make SWG free to play and activate all accounts even ones of former players; it would definately get me to play it before they shut it down.

Diebye
Diebye

@CarlitosWay SwgEmu has been up for a while but they just released an official server, so no more having to play on a beta server waiting for your characters to get wiped. And as for the game... its pretty damn good, all the fun parts of launch without the crippling bugs. I'd say the only downside is the fact that because there is only one server any and all the noobie areas that have quick respawns are perma camped by script bots so you getting the basic skills takes a while.

bignick217
bignick217

If they really want to show the gamers how much they care... If they're not longer going to support the game, then release the server software to the public domain so the gamers themselves can keep the game alive. Then people who still want to play, can play, rather than having a several hundred pound paperweight they can no longer play.

oofey
oofey

my 1st mmo, rip swg (pre-cu/pre-nge) great game, great community "get on bard the falcon kid, this place is gonna blow" HAUAHUAHAHUA

ulvemann
ulvemann

Forever gratefull that i got to be with you when you shined so bright! :) RIP SWG

Yod-a
Yod-a

I've played this game off and on for almost 7 years. It's truly one of the most unique MMO's out there. With a completely player driven economy and player created cities, no other MMO let you immerse yourself in a world quite so well. R.I.P SWG and R.I.P Slace, Elder Jedi - Shadowfire

skitchrick
skitchrick

I quit after the NGE. I really miss the (old) game.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@cchris1109 While the thought and process of SWGEmu has been up for 5 years, the actual game was only opened recently. Its still incomplete, from what i hear. There are a lot of missing pieces, but it brings back the biggest part of the SWG experience back. Im considering bringing it back up.

c_rakk
c_rakk

Execute order... 66.

xXDrPainXx
xXDrPainXx

It was a fun ride and a sad day since this will be the last true sandbox MMO out there.

Neogenic
Neogenic

I can still remember the first period in which the vehicles were first released. The lag would set you back dozens of metres on your journey every 10 seconds or so. It was very annoying then, but seems kind of funny now. Just missing a shuttle ride (pre JTL) was also annoying back then, but then again it did give you an opportunity to meet new players and get yourself buffed.

absinthewfaust
absinthewfaust

I'll miss beta and pre CU. Very fond memories and forged friendships that will last the rest of my life.

nosferatu94
nosferatu94

goodbye swg, i will miss my short stay in ur awesome universe. and i will miss the time i married a hot-ass player character... she was fun.

Solace427
Solace427

I never played SWG but rest in piece and my condolences to all those who were dedicated to this MMO. I would only thing that this is being done so that the focus is on TOR and they aren't for managing a hoard of servers for two MMOs. Either way it seems like a classic case of "Out with the old, in with the new."

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

@enderw The Old Republic has a story and Star Wars Galaxies did not. That's your difference.

boomshot-fodder
boomshot-fodder

Do you think there will be a grand finale, like when The Matrix Online was closed?

bonander
bonander

Goodbye, SWG. You were my first MMO and I will never forget you. I might have still been playing today if it wasn't for the NGE and CU. To this day, I still miss my Teras Kasi Master/Bounty Hunter/Smuggler character. SWG had such a fun character developement scheme before it got raped by the NGE/CU.

novak2k6
novak2k6

RIP Galaxies.. the first 6 months was pure awesome. The great times of city pvp battles and the op rancor and at-st's. The memorable flame thrower, or chilling in the cantina. MMO uniqueness of trade/factory industry and hunting players as bounty hunter. A lot of good ideas ripped apart after 6 months when the changes dropped...the devs didn't seem to know how to release Jedi into the game. Quit halfway through the rediculous holocron grind only to find out NGE backhanded us all at the end when I returned to try it. I'll still keep my CE though.. maybe the artbook and unopened goodies will be worth something in 50 years.

cchris1109
cchris1109

do not know what the fuss is all about, i play pre cu swg from swgemu.com check it out guys, been around for like 5 years.