The lights are on
After eight years of fighting for survival, the troubled first attempt at a Star Wars MMO will finally go offline this year in December.
Gamasutra reports on this news, which publisher Sony Online Entertainment described as a "mutual business decision" between itself and LucasArts. With a newer, shinier Star Wars MMO, BioWare's The Old Republic, set for release some time this year, it makes sense that LucasArts would be interested in clearing Galaxies off the shelves and limiting any consumer confusion as to which is the "correct" Star Wars MMO to purchase.
SOE president John Smedley is adamant that the decision is not related to declining subscription numbers. Likewise, he says there will be no layoffs, with team members from Galaxies being transferred to a new project, but it's worth remembering that SOE already had a huge round of layoffs a few months ago. Whatever layoffs might have resulted from this decision could have already happened then.
If you are still playing Galaxies or want to restart an account and jump in, you can look forward to various game-ending events that SOE is planning for the lead-up to server shutdown. May the Force be with you, etc.
Fun while it lasted. Oh well, can't wait for Old Republic.
It's about *** time.
Although it never can be as great as it was pre-NGE, I've played this game every year since it released. I've actually enjoyed the past year or so of updates and was really looking forward to the stuff they were doing with the GCW.
Of course, the fact that it took them 7 years to really get things like that rolling tells the whole story, but I will truly miss this game.
I didn't even know this game was still alive lol
10 poor people need to find a new MMO now. At least TOR is on the horizon, eh?
I was always sort of interested in trying this game, but I only recently stopped playing sub based MMO's (after five years with WoW and a few years with other sub MMO's like Shadowbane and Everquest before that, my wallet wasn't happy with me).
Maybe if they make it F2P sometime between now and December I'll hop on and roam around for a bit but otherwise I'll just keep waiting patiently until TOR comes around.
May the force be with you.
Good by Star Wars Galaxy, you will be missed.
I wish I would have known about this games existence earlier