LucasArts SOE GalaxiesGameSpot is reporting a disturbance in the Force at Sony Online Entertainment, and rumors have surfaced that the troubled Star Wars Galaxies franchise may soon have a new home. Speculation stems from a recent exodus of talent at SOE's Austin office, including the game's chief creative officer Raph Koster. Coincidentally, new neighbor BioWare Austin employs many SOE veterans, and is staffing up for a sci-fi MMO.

A LucasArts rep denies any plans to phase out the current Galaxies, but did confirm they have been approached by other companies to develop a second Star Wars online property. How cool would a KOTOR-based MMO be?

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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