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SOE is shutting down SWG in December

According to John Smedley in an interview over at Massively, SWG is on it’s last legs.

Unfortunately, on Thursday we learned that just won’t be so. Sony Online Entertainment has announced that Star Wars Galaxies will be shutting down on December 15th of this year, marking what is in my mind the most significant sunset of a major MMO to date (and a personally painful one for many on the staff at Massively, including me). I know what you’re thinking, and no, the impending closure is due neither to the hackings nor to a dwindling playerbase. Past the break, an audibly regretful John Smedley, President of SOE, sits down with us to chat about SWG’s sunset, explaining the reasons that led to the decision and offering a new hope for the future.

Well I guess we had to see this coming.  It’s not likely that LucasArts wants to have 2 MMO’s licensed at the same time.  Just the same it’s a shame.  There is still a lot to recommend this game, even after the ravages it has suffered over the years.

Peter Falk and this on the same day.

Shoulda stood in bed.


  1. I thought of you right away when I saw this news, given your comment on my blog this morning.

    Are you going to be able get some “memories” posts together as things wind down?

  2. @John,

    Not sure what I’m going to do. I probably will do something. Rough day.

  3. I agree, the closure is probably more to do with Lucas Arts and an upcoming Star Wars MMO than it does with SOE.

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