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On the Star Wars Galaxies Closure

The Escapist has a write-up of John Smedley's talk at SOE Fan Faire 2011, where, among other things, the SOE CEO explains the closure of Star Wars Galaxies (thanks Ant via Slashdot). Here's the explanation:

"It was time to turn it off. We have a contractual relationship that's ending in 2012, The Old Republic launching, a bunch of other business things with LucasArts," Smedley said. "And then you look at the odds of a pretty large portion of the audience moving to TOR, which looks like a terrific game. I think that's going to be really well-received by the population." You can't deny Smedley's business sense there.

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19. Re: On the Star Wars Galaxies Closure Jul 12, 2011, 21:23 zincthallinide
 
EVE is also an open-world/universe MMOG, although it's entirely space-based so it's more like the X series than your average MMOG..

Another thing about SWG too is that when it came out the graphics were quite good. Vast landscapes like that hadn't really been done with that amount of detail and the player models etc were nicely detailed. The few actual pre-built cities that were in the game looked quite good, too.
 
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