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Star Wars Galaxies' closure explained

Sony Online Entertainment CEO John Smedley explained why Star Wars Galaxies has to end this year--and the answer will surprise few.

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Some left Star Wars Galaxies long ago, vowing never to return. Others, however, are clinging onto their beloved MMO with an iron grip, going so far as to propose litigation to prevent its demise. Sony Online Entertainment CEO John Smedley told The Escapist why the MMO has to end--and the answer will surprise few.

"That's the problem with licenses: they end," Smedley said. When the game was first launched in 2001, the license was secured for five years, and had to be renegotiated multiple times over the years. "It was time to turn it off. We have a contractual relationship that's ending in 2012," Smedley added. Subsequently, Star Wars Galaxies ends on December 15th of this year.

"Could we have renegotiated? Maybe, but I don't think that would be the right thing for the company," Smedley says after acknowledging the BioWare-developed elephant in the room. "You look at the odds of a pretty large portion of the audience moving to [The Old Republic], which looks like a terrific game."

Before Star Wars Galaxies closes, Sony Online Entertainment plans on having a "galaxy-ending event," the details of which have yet to be disclosed.

From The Chatty

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    July 11, 2011 11:45 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Star Wars Galaxies' closure explained.

    Sony Online Entertainment CEO John Smedley explained why Star Wars Galaxies has to end this year--and the answer will surprise few.

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      July 11, 2011 11:54 AM

      Why the brackets around The Old Republic?

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        July 11, 2011 12:06 PM

        Brackets used in that fashion generally mean that the guy didn't actually say those exact words but that was what he was referring to.

        So he might have said "moving to Bioware's MMO, which looks like a terrific game." or something along those lines.

        If it isn't that, then I haven't a clue and don't know what the hell I'm talking about :P

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      July 11, 2011 11:55 AM

      Why would that surprise anyone?

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        July 11, 2011 12:25 PM

        Yeah that seems pretty obvious to me.

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          July 11, 2011 12:49 PM

          lol I just re-read the tagline. I thought it said "and the answer will surprise a few", but it says "will surprise few", subtle difference but they mean imply different things! My bad.

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            July 11, 2011 1:33 PM

            "With a closure that may surprise few" would have been better

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          July 11, 2011 12:50 PM

          It is. Also they've been saying that for a while now.

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      July 11, 2011 12:28 PM

      Why does the shack twitter feed link to stumbleupon?

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      July 11, 2011 12:43 PM

      They should hookup the current players with free copies of the new SW MMO or something.... All that time...

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        July 11, 2011 1:07 PM

        Well, maybe not a free copy, but perhaps some kind of bonus item or something.

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          July 11, 2011 2:14 PM

          It would most likely have to come from LucasArts because EA is publishing The Old Republic, not SOE. I think it would be pretty cool of LucasArts to do something for those that invested so much time into the MMO, but I really doubt that will happen.

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            July 11, 2011 2:28 PM

            Yeah, a shame. A free item or something would be a nice gesture.

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              July 11, 2011 2:49 PM

              A nice gesture from EA? Dream on. These are they guys trying to fuck over Steam.

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              July 11, 2011 11:23 PM

              Lol. Nice gestures do not make $$$! (Actually they can when done right, but EA doesn't give a shit)

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      July 11, 2011 12:49 PM

      Their ass generators broke and they ran out of shit juice!

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      July 11, 2011 1:39 PM

      Re-launch it as Space Battles: Universes with Jibba the House and Palms a'Plenty!

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      July 12, 2011 7:45 AM

      10 years is a pretty good run, never even tried messing with f2p. I think I spent a month straight a couple years ago just playing house =P Oh and when I saw a jedi pop up in a spaceport for the first time, with like 100 people waiting in line for a shuttle, my jaw dropped, assuming it was a similar feeling to one that speaks to or sees jesus.