As we're all getting pumped up for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Sony is closing the doors for the last time on the other Star Wars MMO, Star Wars: Galaxies. Star Wars Galaxies has had a beautiful life span, seeing 10 years of availability!
Sony has said that this 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.' Additionally, Sony said they 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.'
This December will see a 'galaxy-ending in-game event' for Star Wars: Galaxies; one last hurrah before the game takes the big sleep. Beginning on September 15th, the game will no longer be available for sale and any users with subscriptions extending past that point will be refunded. As of Friday, the Trading Card game store has already been closed for the last time.
Star Wars: Galaxies had an amazing run and has installed itself firmly in the annals of MMO legends.