Star wars Galaxies due to go offline

Star Wars Galaxies, Sony’s massively multiplayer online game set in the Star Wars universe is due to close down on December 15th this year.

It was by no means the first massively multiplayer game – prior to playing galaxies I enjoyed several text-based MUDs, the cyberpunk inspired Neocron and a spell (pun intended) in the fantasy game Everquest – but when it was announced the combination of Star Wars’ popularity and the opportunity to take part in the Galactic Rebellion with other players had a definite appeal.

Players could visit several locations from the movies, and interact with characters like Jabba the Hutt, Han Solo, and even Darth Vader himself. Your actions affected which side of the rebellion you were on which, in turn, affected whether Storm Trooper patrols would attack on sight, or if Rebel recruiters would offer you missions. I have to admit I was very much on the side of the Empire.

Once Galaxies goes offline the next Star Wars MMO will be The Old Republic, set three thousand years before the rise of Darth Vader. The downside? There’s no release date for The Old Republic yet. A look at the website, however, shows plenty of promise.

Despite not having played SWG for about six years, I’m a little sad to see it going offline. Were/are you an SWG player? If so, what are your memories of the game? Or do you play other MMOs? Are you Warcraft crazy? Neocron nuts? Something altogether different? Share your tales of online gaming in the comments.

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