We'll always remember our days as a Twi'lek cantina dancer. Well, OK, “days” in a figurative sense. It was more like “minutes.” But they were, er, different – that's for sure. If nothing else, we'll always remember Star Galaxies for blazing its own trail. And hey, how many games let you try your hand at being a Space Chef? Sadly, that number will soon be a resounding “none.”
“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,” SOE wrote on its forums .
“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.”
Meanwhile, speaking in an interview with Massively , SOE president John Smedley gave the panicked masses the “these are not the droids you're looking for” treatment, explaining that the closure had nothing to do with the recent hackings. Similarly, conspiracy theorists can cross low population numbers off their lists, with Smedley noting that they've “stayed pretty steady for a long time now.”
At the end of the day, there's no emperor pulling the strings in the background of this one, occasionally bellowing “UNLIMITED POWER,” because, you know, lightning hands . Nope. Smedley's explanation was really quite simple.
“LucasArts has [Star Wars: The Old Republic] coming out, and the contract would be running out in 2012 anyway, so we feel like it's the right time for the game to end,” he said.
So then, bid your fond farewells while you have the chance. Come December 15, it's curtains for Star Wars' maiden voyage into the world of MMOs. While we're at it, though, have any tales of intrigue and excitement from your days as a cantina dancer/space chef?