Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December

The Star Wars Galaxies Website announces SOE's Star Wars MMORPG will be ending on December 15, 2011, which clarifies how it would operate alongside BioWare's upcoming Star Wars The Old Republic MMORPG, which is to say that it won't. In spite of this news, the update also discusses plans for improvements planned for the game before it goes away, saying: "Yes, we are going to finish the GCW 2- Space update. As we mentioned previously, this update will have large scale GCW space battles, the ACE pilot system, and three new player ships. In addition, we are going through several of the existing ships and fixing some collision issues to make ship combat more balanced." Here's word on the shutdown:
This is the producer note that I never wanted to write. As was announced today, the Star Wars Galaxies service will come to an end on December 15th, 2011. Galaxies has been a part of all our lives for so many years that it's really going to be hard to see it end. It has meant different things to each of us. For some it's about combat. For others it's about socializing, or crafting, or collecting, or decorating, or fishing, or adventuring, or more. For all of us, though, Galaxies is about sharing experiences with our friends. May of this year was my 7th year working on this game. As a developer, Galaxies has been an opportunity for me to learn how to create a virtual universe and to interact with a community that is very passionate about the product I work on. When you look back at all the updates over the years, it's very impressive how much we managed to get done. In the end, it is our fans that made all the hard work and effort worth it.
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Jun 25, 2011, 12:25
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 25, 2011, 12:25
Jun 25, 2011, 12:25
 
Jonny wrote on Jun 25, 2011, 06:03:
Stormsinger wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 20:03:
Jonny wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 19:36:
Pity all those who stuck with it are being buggered for EA/Bioware's bottom line though.
Say what?! You really think Sony gives two fucks for EA's bottom line?

Not at all, but as others have said, Lucasarts will care. Pretty sure the license to run a Star Wars MMO has been yanked from Sony so as not to confuse the public by offering two MMOs of the same IP.

But even there, LucasArts doesn't give a damn about EA's bottom line. LucasArts cares about LucasArts' bottom line...nothing more. Nobody is doing anything for the sake of EA's bottom line except EA (and I have my doubts about whether there is any intelligence behind their actions too).

That said, I'm not terribly clear why anyone would think SWG's tiny market share would have the slightest effect on TOR...the only way that could happen is if TOR is a massive failure.
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Jun 25, 2011, 09:33
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 25, 2011, 09:33
Jun 25, 2011, 09:33
 
No need to speculate wildly guyz. SOE's head honcho John Smedley has stated in an interview on Massively that the SWG license would have expired in 2012 anyway and that LA and SOE amicably agreed upon ending the game in December of this year already. So they're pulling the plug a little earlier than they have to but regardless of The Old Republic SWG would have been toast in 2012 anyway.

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Jun 25, 2011, 06:03
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 25, 2011, 06:03
Jun 25, 2011, 06:03
 
Stormsinger wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 20:03:
Jonny wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 19:36:
Pity all those who stuck with it are being buggered for EA/Bioware's bottom line though.
Say what?! You really think Sony gives two fucks for EA's bottom line?

Not at all, but as others have said, Lucasarts will care. Pretty sure the license to run a Star Wars MMO has been yanked from Sony so as not to confuse the public by offering two MMOs of the same IP.
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Jun 25, 2011, 05:31
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 25, 2011, 05:31
Jun 25, 2011, 05:31
 Prez
 
Even though I feel for the people who played and liked the game, I'm always glad to see an MMO die. Hate the damn things with a passion.
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Jun 25, 2011, 02:03
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 25, 2011, 02:03
Jun 25, 2011, 02:03
 
Veterator wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 18:34:
Why would they put out new content for a game when they know they are going to kill it in the future?

I mean didn't they put an expansion out in SWG and then do the NGE blowing away the expansion?

And didn't SOE just announce they are cutting back support for DCUO?

So they will put out stuff for the game they are killing in 6 months, but they will cut back support for the game that came out 4 months ago?

Why would someone want to buy an SOE ran game again?

Oh man that game was really good when it first came out and right before it shutdown, you could totally skip the in between.

Yeah the day after the last expansion was released, SOE/Lucasarts announced the NGE.
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Jun 25, 2011, 01:22
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 25, 2011, 01:22
Jun 25, 2011, 01:22
 
Maybe star wars has some kind of "will not compete clause."
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Jun 24, 2011, 20:52
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 24, 2011, 20:52
Jun 24, 2011, 20:52
 
Fion wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 20:17:
Note the line "how it would operate alongside BioWare's upcoming Star Wars The Old Republic MMORPG". That tells me it will hit before SWG shuts down.

You completely ignored the last part of the sentence : "which is to say that it won't."

SWG and TOR will not co-exist, so TOR will release on the day SWG closes or sometime after
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Jun 24, 2011, 20:34
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 24, 2011, 20:34
Jun 24, 2011, 20:34
 
I really like the idea of a Star Wars MMO - but I hate the idea of having to play with star wars junkies. This is kinda like STO - I like the principal of STO - but I don't wanna spend the evening with trekkies.

Honestly - nice idea on having a SW MMO but SW ended 28 years ago. I no more want to play a Star Wars MMO than I do a Lost Boys mmo.
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Jun 24, 2011, 20:17
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 24, 2011, 20:17
Jun 24, 2011, 20:17
 
Tumbler wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 18:57:
So TOR is coming in December then? Or will it be January? Dec 15th?

Note the line "how it would operate alongside BioWare's upcoming Star Wars The Old Republic MMORPG". That tells me it will hit before SWG shuts down. I would guess October or November. The game will have been in beta for a year come July, so that seems about right to me.
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Jun 24, 2011, 20:15
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 24, 2011, 20:15
Jun 24, 2011, 20:15
 
Stormsinger wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 20:03:
Jonny wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 19:36:
Pity all those who stuck with it are being buggered for EA/Bioware's bottom line though.
Say what?! You really think Sony gives two fucks for EA's bottom line?

When it comes to SWG, I think LucasArts has the ultimate say in what happens. So yeah, I think LA is backing SWTOR. Sony likely has zero input despite what they say.
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Jun 24, 2011, 20:03
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 24, 2011, 20:03
Jun 24, 2011, 20:03
 
Jonny wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 19:36:
Pity all those who stuck with it are being buggered for EA/Bioware's bottom line though.
Say what?! You really think Sony gives two fucks for EA's bottom line?
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Jun 24, 2011, 19:40
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 24, 2011, 19:40
Jun 24, 2011, 19:40
 
Can I have your stuff?
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Jun 24, 2011, 19:37
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 24, 2011, 19:37
Jun 24, 2011, 19:37
 
Although the game was never for me, this is sad.
I know people who love it to this day.
I to don't understand why they don't just go f2play, maybe they feel with SWTOR coming that even that model wouldn't get the bills paid.

Hopefully they will release the source code and the fan base can run their own server.
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December
Jun 24, 2011, 19:36
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 24, 2011, 19:36
Jun 24, 2011, 19:36
 
I clicked on an old bookmark today and landed on the Galaxies forums, this led me to realise I had 45 days free on my old account, this led me in turn to downloading 5 sodding gigabytes of client with an eye to trying it out and possibly resubbing, then before I started it up I checked Blue's and saw this.

I must admit to a little WTF?! moment at the coincidence of it. Pity all those who stuck with it are being buggered for EA/Bioware's bottom line though.
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Jun 24, 2011, 19:01
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Re: Star Wars Galaxies Ending in December Jun 24, 2011, 19:01
Jun 24, 2011, 19:01
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Servers like Starsider were always packed full of people. In fact when I played a couple months ago it still had an extremely active ground and space PVP scene. They had battles with win conditions and everything.

Damn, I had no idea it was still that active, or I might have checked it out...oh well.

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Jun 24, 2011, 18:57
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So TOR is coming in December then? Or will it be January? Dec 15th?
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Jun 24, 2011, 18:44
 
Sad to see. Sad that a quite unique MMO was chopped and changed to be more like WoW and lost all of its original charm (Pre-CU / Pre-NGE). SWG was the 1st MMO I played, so it will always hold a nostalgic place in my heart, alot of my EQ playing friends praised the skill based system at the time but then it just turned into a cheap level based wow spinoff

Hopefully the Emu scene will keep this one alive after Sony axe it (back the way it used to be)
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Jun 24, 2011, 18:34
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Jun 24, 2011, 18:34
 
Creston wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 18:20:
Especially since they don't seem to really offer anything unique beyond "Everything is voice acted!"

Creston

Pretty much.
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Jun 24, 2011, 18:34
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Jun 24, 2011, 18:34
 
Why would they put out new content for a game when they know they are going to kill it in the future?

I mean didn't they put an expansion out in SWG and then do the NGE blowing away the expansion?

And didn't SOE just announce they are cutting back support for DCUO?

So they will put out stuff for the game they are killing in 6 months, but they will cut back support for the game that came out 4 months ago?

Why would someone want to buy an SOE ran game again?

Oh man that game was really good when it first came out and right before it shutdown, you could totally skip the in between.
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