There is a great disturbance in the Force.
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) and LucArts have announced that the eight-year-running MMO Star Wars Galaxies servers and trading card game will officially be coming to an end.
For those that have played SWG, especially back in its heyday, this comes somewhat bittersweet newst. SWG was a marvel in online gaming, and nothing quite got your fanboy giggles going like visiting Ben Kenobi’s hut while racing around Tatooine on a speeder bike.
However, it only makes sense that the game would close now, especially with BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic just around the corner — which LucasArts also has its hand in.
To thank players for their continued service over the years, SOE is offering all of the SWG community Fan Appreciation trials — full subscriber benefits at no cost — through the end of December on one or more of their other MMOs, including: Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, EverQuest, EverQuest II and DC Universe Online.
Also, SOE plans to celebrate the occassion with a special in-game event sometime in December.
The finer details, including specific dates, can be read here.
SOE’s address to the community can be read below:
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.
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.
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. The details relating to these offers and events as well as the timeline and specifics regarding the discontinuation of the service, are provided below.
Again, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to our player community for making SWG one of the best online communities in gaming history.
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