For a majority of MMO players, the announcement that Star Wars Galaxies
was shutting down came as no surprise. However, many SWG
loyalists have been extremely upset by the turn of events, blaming everything from the hacks on Sony earlier this year
to the impending release of Star Wars: The Old Republic
CEO John Smedley
stated in his interview with us
that the security breach and SWG
's shutdown were unrelated. Furthermore, Community Manager of SWTOR
, Stephen Reid
, stated emphatically on the TORWars podcast
that there was no relationship between the date of SWG
shutting down and the release of The Old Republic
. Lastly, GamePro posted a statement
directly from LucasArts
about the efforts put into keeping the MMO alive:
The decision to shut down the game has not been an easy one. SOE and LucasArts investigated every option to keep the game open, including taking it to a free to pay model. However, that model just isn't financially viable. Changing the business model for an experience like Star Wars Galaxies takes a major investment and overhauling of the existing infrastructure of the game. We're unfortunately at a point in our life cycle where a change of this magnitude is just not possible. The harsh reality is that we've reached a point where the game is no longer a sustainable business. None of us wanted to see this point, but we're extremely proud of the last eight years of the game and the community that has supported it.
We have a lot planned between now and December and we want to make sure that from now until then, we send off Star Wars Galaxies in a style befitting such a great game. We'll be right there in the game with everyone else, counting down until the end, making sure we connect with all the friends we've made over the past eight years. It may be bittersweet, it may feel like it's happening before it should, but we have approximately five months remaining where we can all enjoy the game together. We sincerely hope the community will join us.
Read the article on GamePro
and check out Massively's full interview with Smedley
for more information.