Star Wars Galaxies
26 June 2003 – 15 December 2011
After more than eight long years (live playtime), it’s time to say goodbye to Star Wars Galaxies. The MMORPG from a galaxy far, far away is officially dead. But it wouldn’t go out without one last big bang from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).
SWG held a series of farewell events to help say goodbye to the MMO once and for all. While it seems it is being forced into an early grave by bigger and better things (SWTOR anyone?) this does not mean that SWG will go quietly into that dark night.
Let’s take a look back on SWG, according to Wikipedia:
“Star Wars Galaxies (abbv. SWG) was a Star Wars themed MMORPG for Microsoft Windows developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts. Its servers shut down on December 15, 2011.”
- On 27 August 2008, after the success of SOE’s “Legends of Norrath”, LucasArts and SOE released “Champions of the Force” (see below), an online trading card game based on Star Wars Galaxies.
- Star Wars Galaxies has gone through 2 major “upgrades”: the Combat Upgrade (CU) and later the New Game Enhancement (NGE), its current form.
- On 16 September 2009, SOE informed all current and past account holders of the forthcoming closure of twelve servers (galaxies) ‘due to the recent popularity of the Free Character Transfer Service’; the servers intended on being withdrawn were listed as:- Corbantis; Europe-Infinity; Intrepid; Kauri; Kettemoor; Lowca; Naritus; Scylla; Tarquinas; Tempest; Valcyn; Wanderhome.
- On 24 June 2011, SOE and LucasArts announced that they had mutually agreed to shut down Star Wars Galaxies on 15 December 2011.