Star War Galaxies to be Discontinued in December

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It’s official, two Star Wars MMOs cannot co-exist and so Sony Online is shutting down Galaxies at the end of the year. As an early beta tester of the game I never really got into it as it just didn’t feel like there was enough to keep me interested for any length of time. As the game progressed and updates came out I felt less and less inclined to play and thus stopped doing so.the end of the galaxy

Since the contract with LucasArts was set to end in 2012 and the new Star Wars The Old Republic is coming soon, it was decided that there was no further need for Galaxies, which I’m sure has angered just about all of the players of the game who have put hundreds or thousands of hours into it.

The game has seen falling subscription rates over the years because of gameplay changes that SOE has stated were mistakes because it simplified things instead of making them more interesting and complex.

There will be a series of game-ending events in December to celebrate the game’s eight years and hopefully give the remaining players some closure.

SOE is not laying off people on the project (good news!), instead they will be moved to a new project at SOE Austin which has yet to be announced.

Here’s a timeline of events for the shutdown

June 24, 2011

  • 12, 6 and 3-month subscription packs turned off

  • TCG store closes

Sept. 15, 2011

  • SWG MMO and Trading Card Game no longer available for sale or subscription

  • No new or reactivated accounts accepted after this date

Oct. 15, 2011

  • Billing turned off

  • Free game trials begin

Dec. 15, 2011

  • Star Wars Galaxies service ends

Dec. 31, 2011

  • Free game trials end

As of September 15, 2011, the SWG MMO and Trading Card Game will no longer be available for sale or subscription at both retail and all online digital retailers. All billing for active subscribers with accounts in good standing, except for Station Access subscribers, will end on October 15, 2011.

If you are an active subscriber in good standing as of September 15, 2011, then you can play for free for the final months. Players wishing to play through the end of the game and participate in the galaxy-ending event planned for the last week of live service in December will need to re-activate or join the game on or before September 15th. No new or reactivated accounts will be accepted after September 15, 2011.As of today, June 24, 2011, we are discontinuing the 12, 6, and 3-month subscription plans, meaning these subscription options will no longer be offered for newly created SWG accounts. SWG subscribers who have prepaid six (6) or twelve (12)-month game time plans that extend their subscription period past October 15, 2011 will receive a pro-rated refund for any such pre-paid excess subscription payments*. Such refunds are expected to be issued within 90-days after the game ends.In addition, we will be discontinuing the sale of all Star War Galaxies™ Trading Card Game (TCG) digital card packs as of today, June 24, 2011. Loot cards will not be redeemable in the SWG MMO after September 15, 2011. The TCG will continue to operate until the final service closure on December 15, 2011.

Galaxy-Ending Event – Be Part of this Historic Event

During the last week that SWG is available, we’re inviting the community to participate in a galaxy-ending event. We’re going to end with a bang and we want the final chapter of the galaxy to be written in part by the dedicated and passionate SWG community. Details will be announced at a later date.

Fan Appreciation Offers

We welcome those active SWG subscribers in good standing to play one or all of the below SOE massively-multiplayer online PC games at a fully-paid subscriber status (or "membership" status where relevant) at no cost between October 15, 2011 and December 31, 2011 (subject to the terms and conditions described below). To activate these special offers, use the same Station Account you use now to subscribe to SWG** and simply click on the game you would like to try to download the game software. We are offering the following SOE games: Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, EverQuest, EverQuest II and DC Universe Online. The game software will all be made available for download on a link accessible from the StarWarsGalaxies.com web site beginning on October 15, 2011.

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