'Star Wars: Galaxies' game to shut down, 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' to replace it

star-wars-galaxies.jpgThat sound you just heard was the anguished cries of nerds across the globe as LucasArts and Sony Online have recently announced that they're shutting down their popular multi-player online role-playing game, "Star Wars: Galaxies." The game will officially be over on Dec. 15, giving you 170 days to play to your heart's content.

Before the game ends, Sony will be encouraging players to participate in a "galaxy-ending event" which has yet to be announced. The game is shutting down in stages. Its trading-card store has already been taken offline. 12-, 6-, and 3-month subscriptions are no longer available.

Additionally, as of Oct. 15, players will have full access as paid members to Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, EverQuest, EverQuest II, and DC Universe Online games.

"LucasArts has a new game coming out, and the contract would be running out in 2012 anyway, so we feel like it's the right time for the game to end," Sony Online Entertainment pres John Smedley tells Joystiq.

He is referring to "Star Wars: The Old Republic," which is set to launch in 2012.
Photo/Video credit: Sony Online Entertainment